It was not the desire to make money that led me to blogging but there is no doubting the fact that once I understood that you can make money from writing into the blogosphere I immediately wanted to know how and how much.
Both are questions I cannot really answer. Up until the other day I didn’t quite understand how it is that you can actively control how much money your blog makes however through checking my WordAds it appears that in November the number of ads run on my site amounted to the princely sum of a single cent.
So when someone asks me if you can make money from writing into the blogosphere from now on I can answer in the affirmative. The question I find myself asking is how I managed to generate a cent and how I can perhaps get a full euro for my efforts. Even a cursory browse of the internet shows there are certainly plenty of articles out there about how to do just that.
It seems the biggest way to generate money is to be patient and to write consistently. It would certainly answer why November is the month that I seemed to have earned from my writing (I use this word very loosely!) as it was during these thirty days or so that I more or less posted daily.
However if consistency, even daily posting, is what it takes to earn the threshold payment amount of $100 then that poses a problem for me: FORO – fear of running out. It is no easy task to come up with ideas after ideas and more often than not the ideas that I had felt would rack up the views and likes, perhaps even be shared or picked up another platform, have not worked out that way. Much the same as life, blogging is nothing like what you expect it to be.
Writing a personal blog means that you run the risk of taking the reaction to the posts – likes, views and comments – personally and I find myself realising that this process has very much been about discovering what it is that my voice is able to carry and what rings most true in my writing. Is it the more romantic posts about my long distance relationship, the challenges of learning French, the struggles and successes of writing my novel or a combination of them all?
Blogging has been in effect the process of finding out what makes me tick and whether or not it resonates with others. And whether or not that matters if the goal is neither to earn money or followers but simply for the joy of self-publishing.
There is a marked difference in how I approach writing this blog to how I approach writing my personal diary. The effort of dedicating a fairly significant chunk of time every day to maintaining this blog makes the prospect of earning money from the site especially attractive. We’re not talking about a wage to live from here but the feeling that there can be a financial reimbursement for the time and effort I put in.
Of course this makes me wonder about my intentions for this blog going forward. Am I going to persist simply because I want to see that single cent grow or will it be the sense of community that will keep me going? Indeed, feeling as if my writing was really going somewhere and that people were reading me had been – until I checked the stats – the sole motivation for getting up in the mornings with some new ideas to try out.
I almost feel saddened that money has somehow found its way here too; it is a force we seem to be unable to flee from. Whenever there is passion and enjoyment it seems, there will be temptation to monetize. While there is nothing wrong with this and I am guilty of falling into what I regard as a temptation, I wonder if there is anywhere left where the prospect of earning money is so, so far removed from whatever it is we are doing that we can believe we’ve escaped it altogether.