Do You Blog For Love Or Money?

Fri, 2008-02-22 05:11

I am often over at Ben Barden's site checking out his "blogging and website tips without the jargon". Today's post bore the affirming title "I don't make money online. You don't have to either!" Seems these days blogging is all about monetizing and ad placement. I am certainly not against making money with a blog, even though I have no plans in that direction myself. The first thought that entered my head when I read that line was the reaction of the Blogosphere in general to the first advertisement ever spotted on a blog. It seems like only yesterday that everyone was up in arms about their credibility being ruined over a few sellouts. Perhaps the disaster was averted by the majority deciding to accept adverts all at the same time. Looks like I missed a memo.

No doubt the question begging to be answered is why someone would put time into a blog with no hope of a return. Ben Barden states in his post:

"I started this blog simply because I enjoy helping people. I want more people to give blogging a try. I want people to worry less about the technicalities and more about what they're going to write today.
If I can achieve that goal, then that's what counts. Any money I may make from blogging would be a nice bonus, but I'm not going to stop blogging if I never make another cent."

That's a great motivation to me, and I would also be happy if someone found my blog useful. That is not really my focus, however.

The thing is, I am expected to do a lot of writing in my real job. It is important to me to improve my writing skills, and hopefully it will be helpful if I just write as often as possible. It is certain that there are many more opportunites for those who can communicate effectively. I don't know if readers can detect any improvement, but I can tell a big difference, especially in my comfort level.

So folks, I can hope my efforts here will pay off for me even if I never decide to run any ads. Are there ways your blog is useful beyond it's cash value? If so, leave a comment!

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