Nothing new, I am from Canada and I started online stuff back in 2001. Right now I do not have a day job and I earn living with Adsense. I have managed to buy house and start many businesses with the help of Adsense. I love online and I love all the technology that has been evolved over the years.
I did a blog contribution for a site owner about the predictions of online businesses for 2009. According to Business Week (online version) and a guest blogger on the Microsoft blog, this year is supposed be fantastically good.
So, writers, start your keyboards. All of those businesses are going to need content, article marketing copy, etc.