Funny … I thought blogging would make me rich.

No. Really. I had delusions of grandeur. I thought that companies would be falling over their hampers of freebie products to sign up for advertising space on my extremely hilarious and ever popular blog. I was especially waiting, with wino breath, for an offer from a luxurious B&B in Franschoek (OK – at the very least, a 2 star motel on the N2). I have so been dying for a little vakay, a mini-break – if you will, in that area. I can think of nothing better than being surrounded by wine in all it’s processes: from infancy on the vines, through to it’s last, shimmering moments, breathing in a glass, alongside my crusty ciabatta, with a ripe brie and green figs on the side……. Mmmmm.

But I digress … back to blogging and being broke. They go hand-in-hand, it seems. Had a little pow-wow with Christine, the writer of a very funny blog in the US of A: Texana’s Kitchen . And I was delighted to find out that she actually earns money according to the hits on her site.

Then, my delight turned to horror, when she told me how much moola she was fortunate to earn … Any guesses?!?! Hmmmm. Well, it certainly would not be enough to put in the new kitchen that I have desired for the past few years. In fact, I would be lucky to buy enough milk to douse my Corn Flakes with tomorrow.  Yes. Think cents. Not Dollars, not Euro’s, not Pounds … and most definitely not Ronts!

Eeek! The frustration.

And, I might add, this Christine, works on her blog a helluva lot. We are talking 2.5-3 hours per day, just for networking – i.e. finding other blogs to like, and then hoping that they will like you back. Oh, and I would like to add that she actually has a real job, in real life, too. Plus, she is an avid cook and tests out recipes, etc., in her kitchen. There is substantial photo-taking. Then, she posts said recipes, as well as comments and ancedotes and all the other frilly stuff to fluff out the blog. The cherry on top, is that she is still funny.

Damn, I am exhausted from just jotting down the previous paragraph.

This also makes me ponder the whole reason for blogging? When does it go from being an enjoyable activity – a way to vent, meditate, praise, post and write for fun – to a crazed pressure-pit ? All of a sudden, there is (usually) self-induced anxiety and panic, which is intensified if you are slightly obsessive compulsive.

I must post, I must post more than once a day. I must hunt for new fans. I must visit and like hundreds of normally-boring people’s blogspots. Oh shit, what happens if no one likes me? What happens if I am not funny enough? What happens, if God forbid, I find an exotic flower growing in my unruly garden, and for no reason whatsoever,  I stroke it’s velvety purple petals and an allergic reaction causes my fingers swell up, and I can’t tap out a post tomorrow? The horror!

I also wonder about this whole fishing for ‘likes’ and ‘hits’, thing. Yes, you do get an ego-boost when you have a torrent of new followers. But, are these people actually reading what you are writing, or are they, too, just adding to their fan base? It is like a glorified blogosphere chain mail. I admit that I cannot get through all the new posts and comments notifications that come into my mail box on a daily basis. And I only follow a handful of blithering bloggers. Also, how do I admit to ‘Switters’ that I have no interest, whatsoever, in the fish he caught, but that I just want his hit?

All of this, and no pay.


12 thoughts on “Funny … I thought blogging would make me rich.

  1. I guess that it depends on why you got into blogging in the first place. I never expected to earn any money from it – which is just as well because I don’t. I did it just to connect with people from all over the place and that I have done. I have been blogging for nearly 6 years! wow, cant believe its been that long. I suppose there have been times when I felt pressure to blog more but not anymore. I do it for fun, my blog and its contents change depending on what is going on in my life at the time and I am happy with that. I don’t want to be know as “craft” blogger or “mommy” blogger or what ever. Just a bit of this and that is fine for me.

    • Wow, you must be a ‘pioneer-blogger!’ One who started doing it, before it became a fad. You rebel, you!

      Presently, I am addicted to the whole blog-thing. It is a stable crutch in my wishy washy life, right now. Although I have only been at it since July, this year, I cannot say how long it will be before I tire of the process. It is taking up much of my time, because I have plenty of minutes and hours; and because I let it.

      It has been my way to actually start writing, after threatening for years to do it. At this stage, there is still much verbal diatribe spewing out my orifaces, but as they say; “Better out than in!”

      I am hoping, that as I gain more experience in penmanship, the quality of the bits that I put out there, will improve. But, we will see how that all pans out … here’s hoping.

    • mmmm … Christine rather exhausts me … but in a good way.
      What levels me, is the fact that in our little geographical area, there are so many orphaned and abandoned kids. In just one of the Christmas gift programs, there are close on 500 kids that they would like to give little gifts to, this year.
      And then, what really FLATTENS me, is the fact that when many of these poor kids were asked what they wanted for Christmas, a whole lot of them replied, “A tennis ball.”
      Makes then hairs on the back of my neck rise …

  2. The point you make here reminds me a little of other actual-social-networking sites, and how obsessive people are about it. What is this obsession with being liked? Have we always been, or is culture telling us we need to be?

    I bring this up because I, if I can help it, am not as shallow as everyone else. There’s one blog I just love ( which only has a handful of followers. Why? Because she hasn’t networked, perhaps?

    Maybe. But why is it necessary? To feed the site, I can only guess. The site encourages (pressures) its members to feed into it, and in turn networking gains hype, and a blog cannot become successful without it because of majority…

    That’s what I think.

    • You know, to be honest, I am not even sure if my blog is on a feed, or link or whatever? When I started up, I just copied and pasted all the widgets I could find onto my site, ‘cos I suppose, that was the ‘write’ thing to do. At that stage, I was more worried about my site header, which I designed in Word, ‘cos I did not want a cut ‘n paste option off Word Press. Unfortunately, though, I am self-taught when it comes to DTP, so I admit it is a bit ‘rural.’
      As with most things in my life, I always have an inner conflict going on … I love to blog, mainly because it has given me a reason to write. But at the same time I can’t leave it a that – am always worried about how people will judge me. People that I do not know. And here we go into the vortex, yet again …. good enough, funny enough, often enough, good enough, long enough, good pic’s, blah, blah, blah?
      And, in my little mind, I get gratification and the ‘thumb’s up’ feeling, when I see a spike in my hits. It as if my actions in the blogoshere are justified.
      Yes, I know … many of the likes and followers and hits are ‘false’ – and that these bloggers are in all likelihood, like me, searching for the approval of others.
      So, I will take the easy way out here, and blame my favourite scapegoat, ‘Society.’
      Instead of getting out there and socialising in real life, more and more people are sitting in their little boxes and becoming dependant on the web for the physical and mental stimulation that they would normally have recieved from getting off their butts and leaving the virtual world behind; re-entering the real world and mingling with talking, walking, breathing indiviuals.

  3. I can totally relate to this! Every time I sit down to write something I think, “today I’m just going to post whatever I’m feeling at the moment and not think about my wordpress stats … and then I think about the number of hits/likes/comments I have or haven’t gotten for the rest of the day. Ack! If you figure out how to turn this thought process off, let me know! 🙂

    • Shall keep you informed. But be warned, I don’t think you can cure yourself …
      I admit that the first thing I do when I go to my blog, is to check out the stats. I just love it when that world map lights up like a Christmas tree. And my joy knows no bounds when I spot a hit from a country that has never featured on the stats before. Yay! For me! Yay!
      I thrive on other people’s approval, no matter how miniscule and insignificant. But, then again, I am like that in the real world, too?
      Sad puppy.

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