I shouldn’t say my blog doesn’t make any money, I do occasionally see some green and swag doing what I do, but I don’t make a living at blogging. The honest truth is, very few people really do make a career out of blogging when compared to the many that try. So relax about the whole “making money” thing and blog for YOU, not the almighty dollar.
When I first started THIS blog three years ago, it was not my first one. The other one sank like a rock. Why? Because I was blogging what I THOUGHT people wanted but it turns out, there were a million other blogs with the same topic, doing what I was doing, and so much better! After floundering for almost two years, I had my second son and thus took a break.
When it was time to get my creative juices flowing again, I decided to start a new blog, one that made ME smile even if no one else read it. I picked a topic important to ME. I shared not only what we were doing, be it crafts, recipes, or critters, I put US, our family, into the story that has become my blog. The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl is just that…. Our ups and downs, our success and failures, laid out in words and photos for the world to see.
But why would I dare share our downs and failures?!?! Because my motto is “It’s not the amount of land you live on, but what you do on that land that makes you a homesteader.” I believe that 100%, so why would I put lipstick on a pig and portray a perfect life, when homesteading is anything but! I wanted folks to know we face the same issues and maybe through some of our not so shining moments, others will see they are not alone. Homesteading can be trying at times and if all you see are the perfect pictures and shining successes, you wonder what is wrong with what you’re doing, when in truth, it is all about learning as much as you can and trial and error.
And while I don’t make a living at blogging right now, I know in the future I might. How do I know? Well because through being myself, open and honest, not glitz and staged photos, I have developed a hard core group of readers who truly value my opinion and honesty. And let me tell you, I value those readers too! Not because they like what I do, but because when the chips are down, they are there as well. They have comforted me when we have lost animals to predators. They have rallied around our family when our dog was ill. They champion my children and some have even sent them gifts. How amazing is that! That is worth more than money to me!
But if I could make a living blogging, why don’t I? Now is not the time. I have a 3 year old and a 9 year old with Asperger’s (an autism spectrum disorder.) Right now, this time in my life, family and their needs come first, which meant for the first time this past school year, I home schooled. Talk about a major undertaking! It means when I have a post I want to write, but I have boys who want to play, I go play, because while money may make the world go round, it will never replace those memories we are making every day. Someday they will be grown and not want to play with their old mama, and then, then I will focus on “making money.”
So if you blog, and you are flustered by a lack of “success” or “income” take a minute and really think why you do what you do? I do it for me and I hope it inspires others to try new things. If you’re just in it for the money, if blogging seems like an overwhelming job, get off the hamster wheel….. Step back, find what makes your heart sing, and trust me, you will find “your people.” And when you do, money will not matter. When you do, success will magically appear. When you enjoy what you do, people will sense it, opportunity will knock, but only answer the door if you have the time. Never let the silly cyber world seem more important than the real life moments you could be having.
Sure I could sit here for hours on end, making contacts, selling ad space, and developing business deals. I could write that book my readers keep suggesting I write. But there are worms to go play with in the garden, there are swings that need to be pushed, and memories to make. And that folks is why my blog doesn't make money and I am okay with that!