Call me cynical but it seems to me that the blogging world has become the last bastion of the entrepreneurial individual who is scrambling to make a success of his or her new business.
I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.
Just look at Twitter — another haven for the entrepreneur — just look at how many tweets are dedicated to “making more money with your blog” and “how to drive more customers to your blog-site. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I want to see if I’m exaggerating or not.
Back so soon?
You’ll have noticed, that Twitter is full of these helpful tweets. I know I noticed and it made me question why folks blog.
I know why I do.
I think I know why a lot of folks whose blogs I follow do. But you only have to look at your spam list to see that there are a lot of folks in the blogging verse who are trying to make money.
I don’t blame them. I was interested when I first started blogging, that on the blogger.com site that I first used, I saw that you could put adverts on your blog and get some pennies from the advertisers. I even tried to monetize my site.
Unfortunately, unless you live within the shores of the US continent, you cannot monetize your account. I was a bit nonplussed. It did not (and still doesn’t) seem very fair. Most of my blogging audience reside in the US. I have a great spread over the rest of the world, but the good ol’ USA always comes first in terms of “readership.”
I suppose I am a little bitter about not being able to make a little change off my blogging. Not enough to really complain though. Just a little grousing to let the world know how I feel about it.
And of course that’s the crux of the matter. I blog so I can let the world know how I feel about things.
Whether it’s about the latest film I’ve seen or the horror of the Dark Knight shootings. I want to get my two penneth worth out there for folks to see. Not because I think I’m clever enough or sage enough to make a difference one way or the other, but because I can.
I’ve always been able to put two words together in a sentence and not sound too idiotic. This makes me a communicator. Not necessarily a great one, but a communicator nonetheless.
Because I have this ability, I like to communicate. Of course it helps the whole process when someone comments on something you’ve written. Even if it’s to (intelligently) disagree. I’m also pleased if someone takes a split-second to ‘like’ what I’ve written.
This all makes it seem more like communication. Without feedback for your real (or imagined) audience your blog starts to feel a little like you’re standing on a street corner wearing a placard that says “The end is nigh” and you are shouting to a unlistening, uncaring public.
So while I’m not blogging for monetary recompense aka dough, I am blogging for reward of a different nature.
The reward of knowing that somebody out there is listening and I can leave my placard at home.
- How to Succeed in Blogging (iamavirtualassistant.wordpress.com)
- On Personal Blogging (myextendedyouth.wordpress.com)
- Tips on Increasing your Blog Readers and Comments (blogelina.com)
- Suzy Menkes Likes Fashion Blogs, Doesn’t Have Time To Tweet (fabsugar.com)