I had to go back and read the page titled “Reason Why” that I wrote four years ago. When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing. And that was a good thing. No expectations, no goals, no grandiose visions of glory. Just a small drop of ink to make a few, perhaps, think.
So, after four years of trial and error, I thought I’d get serious and try to learn a little something about blogging from the pros. Maybe take an online class from a blogging expert or tune in to a webinar promising tips and tricks. Turns out, I’ve been doing it all wrong.
It seems a real blogger is supposed to seek out advertisers and sponsors. A true blog has a goal — make money by selling something or by working toward a lucrative book deal. I am supposed to create a platform, gather a tribe, build my subscriber list, and develop my brand. I should have been on Twitter by now. I should have ditched my free template a long time ago and designed a one-of-a-kind look with some real wow factors. I should have a stack of business cards ready to hand out to everyone I meet. (I actually did print out 10 business cards four years ago, but they are somewhere on the bottom of my purse — I never got up the nerve to give one to anybody.)
After giving this serious thought, I have come to some conclusions:
1. I don’t want to do all that.
2. I hate self-promotion.
3. I’m doing this for fun. I hope my family gets a kick out of it, and if anybody else wants to read along, well then, fine.
4. I am going to change a few things. It might be time for a new look. I’d like bigger print so it’s easier on my eyes and I’m getting tired of blue. So, don’t be surprised if one day the view is different. It won’t be fancy. It will be free.
5. My reason why hasn’t changed….and I’m at peace with doing it all wrong.
Love this, Dinah! 🙂 I like seeing the posts on Facebook about your blog entries so I can read the latest…and Mom always groans when she emails to let me know about your latest post, only to have me reply that I read it already because I saw it on FB. 🙂
That’s good to know. I struggle with even putting links on FB as it may come off as self-promotion. Ugh.
I hope you don’t stop. If your goal is to get others to think, well you have succeeded. Thanks for all of your thoughts. You know just how to put it.
You have no idea how encouraging your words are. Thanks Paige.
I love your blogs and I think they helps others. It is not self promotion to have it on FB because we can choose to open it or not. I think you are an inspiration. 🙂
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