Could I get paid for my (new-found) interest in researching topics? If so, how? More thoughts inside.
As you might guess from my FPP history, I like researching odd topics and writing about them in detail. I enjoy delving into an unknown topic, reading all I can in a short period of time, and digesting it all into some form of a narrative to pass the information along. Also:
* I like to write, but I worry about my dedication to a given topic some months into writing and trying to publish a book.
* I like to research, but I only know of internet-based research, and even then I feel like I'm just scraping the surface of potential sources of information.
* I like the idea of being a research assistant for a writer or journalist, but I don't know nearly enough about this sort of writing field to know where to start.
* I enjoy my current field (urban/regional planning), and it's steady pay. I don't see these two interests merging, so I was thinking research could become a fun hobby or part-time job.
I was thinking of research for books, until I read a comment by Chandler Burr, journalist
James Fallows once said to me that the joy of being a journalist is having the freedom to stumble on something extremely interesting, learn about it in depth, share your knowledge and excitement with others, and then dive into something completely different.
This summed up my current pattern pretty well, and sounded like a magical job, except the reality of journalism seems bleak
. Of course, there's posting well-researched write-ups online
as a venue, but I thought I'd ask the hive mind for other ideas, and the potential to get paid for my research would be pretty wonderful (even if it probably is a long shot). I'd be happy with any insight to the world of organized research, whatever the field. Thanks!