Well, there's yet another scheme out there for unsuspecting writers: robologging. Thanks to Paperback Writer for bringing this to our attention.
Someone (you know who you are) asked me what I thought of PlumbSocial.com, a web hosting/roboblogging service advertising itself on such indy sites as Publishers Weekly. Apparently for a mere $1200.00 in set-up fees (plus $19.95/month, plus add-on charges of $30 to $80/hour) they will "develop a presence" on the internet for you (which translates to they'll create and host your blog and update it as well feed it to other social sites like Feedburner, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Upcoming, Twitter, Squidoo, Pingfm, etc.)
I am in the wrong business is what I think.
Let's break down exactly what this service does:
1. It creates a blog for you (does not create blog content, just a blog.)
You can do the same by yourself for nothing; you just have to register with a free bloghosting service like Blogger and click your mouse a few times.
2. It creates duplicate accounts on all the social blogging/video/vanity sites (again, note that they do not create blog content, they only create other places to dump it, and they dump it for you.)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe 99% of those sites are also free to anyone who wants to register and click the mouse a few times.
Read the rest at her site.