Friday, November 18, 2011

Playing In Traffic

It was brought to my attention that apparently I'm none too bright if I have not "monetized' my blog.  Fair enough, I suppose.  I mean, I spend countless hours weekly on the internet writing blogs, reading blogs, commenting on blogs, linking to blogs, entering giveaways and sweepstakes on blogs, looking for invitations to blogging events (events held by bloggers, not an event where we all sit around blogging, but... hey! That might be an awesome event!)  If I'm going to be investing the time anyways, why not try to have my time paid?

Don't misunderstand me, I am not a person who wants something for nothing. I am certainly not someone who figures I am entitled to anything, but isn't there some old adage about "do what you love and the money will come..."  The old wives who tell these tales can't be completely full of it, can they?  And, for the record, I like my day job just fine.  But the fact is that, right now especially, I could use a little extra income (me and the rest of the world, right?)  So, I am committed to trying to help others with their monetization and hoping I can get a little quid pro quo (that sounds delightfully naughty, does it not) and at least get some more traffic to my blogs.

I know it probably seems like I'm a new kid on the block and if you've been around, it might seem like I'm some uppity upstart who hasn't paid her dues.  The reality is that I have been blogging since 2004.  I've seen some INCREDIBLY talented bloggers pack it in and leave the blogosphere.  I've had months where I got extraordinary traffic and I've had months where I could count visits to my website(s) on my two hands and two feet and maybe have a pinkie toe or two leftover.  I've had people tell me to expand (write on more sites) and I've had people tell me I spread myself too thin (write on too many different sites).  I've had times where I'd sit at the keyboard for an hour without the first clue what to write about.  I've laughed through posts, I've cried through posts and I defy anyone who wants to try to tell met that no one you meet on the internet is a REAL friend.

All of which is to say that you may see some changes. Don't be alarmed or ticked off, this is a natural progression and I'm not going to let it stop me from doing what I love, which is writing and making new friends on the internet (and beyond).

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