I’ve been very blessed to be able to turn my passion for being a blabbermouth (aka blogger) into a growing business. While making a slow transition from paying to blog to blogging for pay, I had no idea what exactly that would mean.
My blog now is a source of income and if I’d like to maintain it and continue to grow and be successful, I have to be ever more conscious of the decisions I make regarding it. It also means that it requires dedicated time. I can’t just blog nonchalantly here and there and expect to keep an audience entertained and the SEO gods appeased. I have to set aside time and devote to writing, marketing, social media, emails (that pile up on a daily basis) or else my blog, my business, will become stagnant.
But blogging really is a labor of love. And despite the challenges that arise from the need to dedicate time to a blog, the benefits still shine. These benefits vary, of course. Some monetary, but most in personal satisfaction and confirmation.
I had no idea when I started blogging that I would be able to turn into a part time income. I had not even began to think about the fact that if I was dedicated to it, and made a leap, that I could potentially blog full time one day. I could replace my entire income with blogging, if I wanted. I know how to do it. I know others that have done it. But it just requires so much time, and like most of us, I just don’t have a whole lot of it.
We’re all busy.
But I desperately want to blog more.
So I have to remind myself that blogging is ultimately about personal satisfaction, spreading a message, empowering others, and growing a community. If I happen to make money while doing it, well then that’s a bonus. If I help other nurses, budding IT professional, and general lovers of technology, well that’s the best payment I could ever receive.
I appreciate each and everyone of you. I am astonished that my “words on internet” are reaching you. I am thankful for the opportunities and growth I have received from blogging and will make a point to ensure that it gets the attention it deserves.
You give me the pleasure of hosting you on my little corner of the web, and I’ll consider it a personal challenge to keep you at least mildly entertained.
So in short, if you’ll have me, I want to continue to be a part of your social media lifestyle. I want to beam into your twitter stream, facebook wall, email, interest, stumble upon, and any other place you’ll have me. I think you’re awesome. I’m thrilled you can tolerate my writing. And I’d love to continue to learn and grow with you all.