Are you blogging for money – or for some other reason?
Much seems to be made of the fact that it is possible to make money blogging. I make my living doing so, as do several people I know, but this was not the original idea behind blogging. It is also fair to say, despite the plethora of people telling you how easy it is to make money blogging – it is not that easy.
Blogs started out as online diary and there are many reasons to blog other than to make money. Some people blog for themselves and don’t care if no one reads what they write. Some people blog about something they are passionate about that they want to share with the world.
Some people blog about their phone for goodness’ sake. I did a search for “iPhone blog” (in parentheses) and got 172,000 results. Now, I don’t know how many actual iPhone blogs there are, but I was a little surprised at the amount. Either there are an awful lot of people in love with their iPhone, or someone got the idea that you can make boatloads of money from blogging about it. Personally, I tend to use my phone to make telephone calls and would have a tough time coming up with something to say about it day in day out. Even if I owned an iPhone, which I don’t.
But that’s one of the great things about blogs – there are no rules. If you want to get on the ‘net and say just about anything you like, you are free to do so. Of course, you may have to suffer some consequences and there has been a disturbing increase in the amount of lawsuits against bloggers. And apparently, anti-Muslim remarks can get you sent to prison in some parts of the world. Not that that should be considered in any way to be an anti-Muslim remark. 😀
Porn stars blog, politicians blog, even corporations are setting up blogs to persuade us they are really not all about screwing us for every penny they can, and want to be our friend. General Motors have now set up a blog called “Fast Lane,” and if you want to look at possibly the most boring automobile blog on the planet, pay them a visit. Considering what they have to work with and the resources at their disposal, you would think they could come up with some more interesting subjects to discuss. You might want to think about hiring a decent blogger to write that one for you guys.
So, what drives you to blog? Therapy? Passion? Money making? Is it the fame and fortune or do you just want to be able to tell your Grandma you are on the internet?