Deb did a great post yesterday on the trending #blogmoney discussion on how much money bloggers should make. I’ve been a little silent on this blog over the past couple of weeks because I’ve been doing what I can to work my own blog! You see, I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now. If you count my keeping up on my old geocities page, I’ve been at this for almost as long as the internet is old. I love it. It is a passion. I would do it whether I got paid or not.
HOWEVER…I know that what I do provides a service to many different people (and companies) so I charge for my time (when applicable) and allow advertising on my site. I’ve made a somewhat insignificant amount of cash blogging on other sites. The advertising on my own site covers my overhead. I’m not getting rich by blogging about crafts. The real value for me and my blog, in particular, are the opportunities it provides.
Through my blog, I’ve been able to attend craft trade shows, promote my monthly craft challenge, review craft products, and even secure a temporary part-time job with a major craft company doing demos of their product all through the midwest. The actual “blogging” isn’t what is making me money–it is the brand I have created for myself.
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t go into blogging for the potential money you might make. Blogging is just a very important tool to help you develop a bigger entity. It is my “home base” for all of the opportunities that come my way.
Do you blog? Why or why not?