My dad lives in the middle of nowhere in Arkansas. Who knew he read my blog? He has dial up for crying out loud! (which leads me to think – should I be nice to him and use less images and video, or should I make it impossible for him to read my blog by overloading him with content? – love you, Dad!)
But talking to him today he asked, “You seem to spend a lot of time on this. Made any money off it?”
Good question. The simple answer is no freaking way! I made $36 in Google Adsense money over the last four months. I’ve spent more than that each month just to maintain access to this blog. That doesn’t even count the time I put into crafting (I like saying crafting instead of writing – makes it sound like I actually think about what I write before I post it!) my posts.
I don’t blog for a living. I don’t even blog for people that read my blog. I blog because I enjoy it. I blog because I like getting thoughts “on paper”. In reality, I only post about 1/5th of the blog entries I write. I have five times more drafts than I do posts.
I know that may seem hard to believe – especially on those days I post 5-6 items. But it’s true. Most of what I write, I write for me. But I write it in Microsoft Live Writer, just as if it were a blog post. Because sometimes what I write turns into a blog post.
Mostly, it doesn’t. I have a local WordPress install here that I blog to – I blog everything from new sire registration email to links I want to remember to passwords. It’s a very easy way to keep track of things because it is (fairly) secure (inside my firewall on a closed blog) and it is infinitely searchable.
Sometimes something I didn’t plan on posting ends up getting posted because something changed in my world, and I decided I would rather share the post.
But the bottom line is that my Dad reads my blog, my brothers read my blog. People I haven’t seen in 20 years read my blog. Most of the people that read my blog I have never met or spoken to. Pretty amazing.
But still, in the end, I don’t write for anyone. Anyone but me.
But it’s cool others read it. Usually!