Blogging for dollars becomes a career option for some

It's rare to hear someone call the recession "awesome."

But that's how Ted Murphy feels. He's founder and CEO of IZEA, a social media marketing site that pays bloggers by connecting them with advertisers.

With so many people out of work, blogging about products and getting paid for those blogs are how many are at least supplementing their income, Murphy said.

"The recession has been awesome," he said in a telephone interview from his office in Orlando, Fla. "The amount of bloggers that are interested in this, " and the advertisers make it a business that benefits both sides.

Other sites that Murphy owns -- Social Spark and PayPerPost -- help the average person who is an active blogger earn a few thousand dollars a month, while some earn a few thousand per post, he said.