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!!