Blogs are funny things. Maybe at first it is an exercise in writing. Perhaps it is practice for a future writing career. Maybe it is even therapeutic. Primarily, so we think at first, we write them for ourselves, but then things change. We want to attract readers and comments. We want to interact, or at the very least be recognized for our contribution.
I have read countless articles on how to attract readers–increase traffic, if I am to use the jargon of the trade. I have read numerous stories of writers being approached by companies to pitch their products, or at the very least, review them. I have read blogs by people who seemingly make their living off them.
I don’t mean for this to sound all negative. Instead, I just want to understand my feelings toward it a little better. I want this blog to attract readers, but have started to think that it is difficult. Unlike WordPress (where I write a different blog) there doesn’t seem to be a way to get other bloggers interested in this one. The “featured blogs” haven’t changed since I started and choosing “next blog” often leads me to blogs written in languages I can’t understand.
The tales of financial independence seem equally distant. While I appreciate the ability to plug in third person advertising, it hardly seems profitable. No one has approached me with review jobs and very few comments have indicated where to find this.
The odd thing is, despite all that I have written, I have no intention of giving up on it. In the end it may not offer financial salvation, nor even any real growth, but I still enjoy putting the words on the screen. I still enjoy expressing myself. I guess blogging has become my hobby.