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Thursday, May 19, 2011

This New World of Blogging

I started blogging back in January. It was a way to release some feelings/emotions/anxieties/guilt.... you get it.

From day one I have enjoyed it.
I realized that I finally had something for ME, something that I REALLY enjoyed doing.
Its now been about 5 months and my fun little hobby has turned into a passion. Getting on here every day is what I absolutely love doing..

Lately, I've decided that if I love and enjoy writing on here, and people are enjoying what I'm writing, why not take it a little further/farther (??? what is the proper word there??) 

I've really been struggling with taking the blog to the next step. The next step of trying to make some money from it. I struggle with all of these thoughts though.... What will people think? Will people start to judge me? Will my first and loyal readers keep reading when things get bigger and busier? Maybe I should just stay simple.

I have loved everything about my blogging experience so far. I love all of my comments. I love all of the connections I've made, and, I love all of my followers that have been here since my very first post. Already though, I've noticed that a lot of them haven't been around. I don't know if it's because they're not reading anymore or because they've just stopped commenting.. Either way, it sucks. I miss them, I miss their comments. I don't want to be losing readers, I want to be gaining more.

Which brings me another issue that I've been struggling with.... I don't want Followers for numbers. I want followers because they enjoy coming to my site every day and because they like what they're reading. This isn't a popularity contest for me, this is my life! This is something that I'm passionate about. I would rather have 20 loyal readers that love what they're reading than 500 "followers" that just want me to follow back.
I realize that if I want to make any amount of money, I have to have the followers, but really, I'd rather have to work a little harder and a little longer to "earn" my followers.. I don't want the comments from people saying "following you, please follow me back".. Sorry, but I'm not that desperate for readers. If you don't like what you read, don't follow... ( I promise that I'll return the favor! If I don't like what I read on your site, I won't follow you)
People leaving sincere comments are much more likely to have me check out there site and follow than someone begging me to follow them. Sorry people, but if you ask me to follow you, you can guarantee that I'm not coming over to your site.
It's one thing to leave your link, it's another to ask me to follow you.

Hate me for this if you will, but it's my opinion!

I'm probably rambling at this point.
I guess the point of this post was to let all of my followers (those of you that really like me and don't just want a follow back) that I appreciate each and every one of you.
I wanted to write this post to be completely honest with everyone as to what I'm doing and why. I don't want any of you to think that I'm getting on here every day just to make some money.(because really, its not even enough for coffee at this point)
I get on here every day because it's my passion. Because I love writing to everyone, and receiving all of the awesome comments and emails that I get from you every day. If I can make a couple of extra dollars doing something that I'm passionate about, I'm going to. Remember, I'm a Stay at Home Mommy,and I like to shop!

Please don't be put off by any of the changes. The majority of the changes are for my readers. I plan on making this site better and better every day.
I hope you'll all stick around (or join me) to see where my new adventure takes me, it means a lot!!

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GJT said...

First of all, you have to do what's true in your heart, and not worry about what others think. I know, easier said than done, right? If your 'followers' are the type you're after, they'll be here no matter what. I agree, I'd rather have a handful of The Faithful then a bunch of acquaintances, and that's true in my personal life as well.

Victoria said...

Well, I LOVE reading your blog and as long as you keep going, I am here! Do what YOU NEED TO! I remember a wise friend telling me that "you need to do what is best for you and your family, nothing else matters!" I think she is a great blogger too ;)

The Home C.E.O. said...

Bah! Don't worry about them! If they like you're blog than they're reading it. and will keep reading it. If they're following you just to follow you then they're probably not reading your stuff and won't notice any changes. Make some money! it's easier than selling one of your children's kidneys. although you won't make as much as that would. ;) Go ahead, be a bad girl, put some ads on your site. you know you want to. Flaunt it girl!

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for your support ladies. It means the world to me right now as I struggle with all of this.. I'm typically the type of person that doesn't give a rat's ass about what people think, but for some reason I'm having a hard time with this... Strange..
I have to do whats right for me, and this feels right, so away I go! I hope you guys stick around!!

Amy said...

I agree, do what feels right to you!

Optimistic Mom said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I really like it. I was inspired by this post because you discussed why you started a blog, which is similar to why I started. I didn't add the follower widget to my site to avoid worrying about the follower numbers. With that said, I hope that you continue your passion for writing regardless. :)

Mandy said...

Sarah, if you can make a dollar doing something you love then more power to you! I catch myself sometimes envying people who make a living by living their dreams, but I also have a strong respect for those individuals as well. It's not easy make it as far as they have and be all they've become. But hey, you never know, this time next year I may be commenting on a famous person's never know what the future holds. Dream big, aim high, chin up, and stand proud of who you are and you can be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do. (Now that was a 'mother-like' comment if I ever said one lol)

Keep us posted on all of the upcoming excitement!
Much love and encouragement!

Mrs.Moose said...

I say "Good for you Sar!". If this is something you like to do and you can make some extra coin, why not??

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