Once upon a time, there was a blog that started with a mission to share the owner’s interests about what she felt a burning passion. She wanted to share about living with Type 1 Diabetes, personal development namely public speaking and positive thinking, and being a stay-at-home mom, with sprinkles of humor on top.
Along the way, said blogger lost her why and started focusing on “making sales”, trying hard to be a “successful blogger”. Measured by the amount of money she was making and not how many people’s heart she was touching with her message. She felt like a beaten horse and without the joy writing was providing her. All because she was focused on meeting the affiliates deadlines and not her own deadlines.
Next thing she knew, writing for her blog was not as fun as it was when she started. What was she making so wrong? She just wanted an income for herself, at least to pay for the expenses the blog was generating. Was that so terrible to even think it could be possible? No, of course not. So, what was the problem?
Her problem was rooted in her internal fight of what she wanted to do versus what the road to success was supposed to be. What she liked and valued versus what is the “norm.” She was selling herself to the commercial side of blogging. After a long hiatus on blogging, she finally came to make peace with herself and what she had been missing. And as by a divine Providence revelation, she now enjoys, once again, writing.
A New Perspective
The story you just read is my story. I was trying so hard to fit in with what success bloggers are teaching about making an income out of blogging, I forgot why I started the blog in first place. Please, do not get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong if you have ads, affiliate links, e-books, courses, and so on, on
Since the start, I had no ads because of my previous point. However, I went full force on affiliate links. Well, mostly books and some other little stuff on Amazon. But being realistic, making a post based on affiliate links was not the reason I started this blog. I was not doing my website any good nor my readers, who at the first sign of sales run away. Most people are looking for something they need to know or learn, a story, something exciting. Reading a list of floral vases is not interesting unless you search specifically for that. E
Having links around the website just for the sake of having them around in the hopes someone will click on them and by mercy of the gods a sale is made, is something that does not make full sense in my mind, at least. I want to write stuff, interesting stuff, funny stuff, stuff that people want to read and come back to read more. I want to offer a “safe place” where my readers can escape the ads and sales. Does that make sense?
Yes, I still want to make money out of blogging. In a leap of faith, I am going another direction. Wish me luck! Will I continue to recommend products or services? Yes, I will, as long as those products and services are the bees knees, I don’t mind. In fact, I still have some affiliate links (two products) in the site that are current and will leave them on until they expire, why not, right?
And as for my writing, well, you are the judge of that. However, it is my hope you enjoy my shenanigans and come back to read more about what I have to say.
“And that’s all I have to say about that!”Forrest Gump
One More Thing
Whenever you see affiliate links on blogs you love to read and you love what they are presenting to you, click and use them! Because the truth is, behind what you see on the screen there’s a lot of work involve and that blogger is making the best to his/her ability to do something for them and for you. Do not snob their hard work and help a blogger out!
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