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I've sugar coated my answer for fear of coming off as a heartless money-grabber. But I'm going to be straight-up real in this post. I've come to find out that there are only a few "acceptable" reasons for blogging:
"I blog to meet people and interact with the community."
"I write for myself and to express who I am."
"I enjoy the process, the journey, the discovery of blogging itself."
These things are usually paired with comments like:
"I don't care how many views I get; I'm just blogging for myself."
"I haven't been posting much recently, but I only blog for fun, so it's okay."
"I write posts I want to write. Stats don't make much difference to my content."
If you have said any of these things before, it's totally okay. They aren't wrong things to say about blogging. All I'm saying is... Those don't describe me.
Do you know why I started a blog? I wanted to drive sales to my Etsy shop. I wanted to monetize it and make money. I wanted a way to support my vintage habit. I kinda wanted to meet the community, but I could do that on Facebook or by following other blogs. The thing about being a blogger is that I could meet the community and make money. Eventually, that is. (Very eventually, all my fellow bloggers say! Ha.)
Do you know why I continued to blog? I actually enjoy "the journey" and the community quite a lot (more than I realized I would at the beginning). But I am intentional about my blog now because I'm building a platform. I want it to thrive and grow. I plan, spend money, research, and work toward a goal of generating income that will help me blog more and afford the vintage lifestyle, to help me legitimize all the hours I put into it. I enjoy seeing my views go up and figuring out ways to adapt when they go down. I notice which posts get the most shares and comment-conversations and that affects what I write. I enjoy taking a stand on things and sharing the knowledge I have, and I enjoy the idea that every day I work on my blog I'm developing my platform a little more. While I am by no means raking in the dough, having a blog has earned me some freelance writing opportunities, and I like seeing the fruits of a lot of labor!
We don't fault bakers that start bakeries for wanting to earn money. We understand that they probably love baking bread, but they can't live or justify all the time they spend doing it without being paid, even if they do just love "the craft itself." We don't write off entrepreneurs for going in with a business plan and long-term goals of making revenue, but a blogger that starts out treating her blog as a business is often seen as materialistic.
After reading this, what is your first response? Does it come off as greedy or realistic to you? Do you identify? Why or why not?
If you are a part of the blogging community, does it seem to you that people are less likely to state their desire to make money off a blog? Why do you think that is?
If you are not a blogger, what are your thoughts on bloggers that make money off their blogs? How does that affect you as a reader, if it does at all?