I just want to write (but do I want paid for it??)
This week, I started a process to help drive more traffic to my blog. I bought an e-book and have been joining in on the process with nearly 500 other women from a blog community. The goal is to make my blog better and therefore make people want to read it, visit more frequently and send me things.
Kidding about the last part.
I like cookies.
Last night, Big Daddy (who is my own personal tech guru) and I were talking about what exactly I wanted my blog to be.
Me: Well, I just want people to find it and read it, you know? (obviously, I was in hippie mode last night)
Him: <blink, blink>
Me: I mean, I want people to search for something my blog is about and just find me. Like, all organic and stuff. I don’t want to have to MAKE someone read it. I just want them to find it and like it and read it.
Him: <blink, blink>
Clearly, this is why I’m not a famous singer because my idea of “busting into the biz” was to sing loudly in my bedroom with the windows open HOPING that someone who just happened to be driving down the road AND have an unsigned recording contract in their car would hear me, be enamored and make me a supahstar.
How that is working out for me is SUPER obvious. But, I have stage fright, so it probably didn’t work out toob bad considering that.
BUT, I am left with a conundrum.
- I want more people to read my blog because I like to write and…well…I want people to read it
- But I don’t want to MAKE anyone read it. You should just WANT to (and magically know exactly how to find me).
- I want to stay all pure as the driven snow in regards to ad content, etc.
- But, publicizing a blog takes time and maybe getting paid enough to buy a coffee every couple of months wouldn’t suck
I’m conflicted. It’s what I do best.
The only way to have your blog read by more people than your family, is to promote it. Period. Well, and to put out good content, but I’ve seen blogs with tons of traffic where the content sucks. They’re just good marketers. And I’ve seen blogs where the content is AMAZING, but the readership is small because they to either want things to grow organically or don’t want to/don’t know how to promote/market themselves. And I’ve struggled, for YEARS with trying to decide how I would market my blog or even if I should. Somewhere on the Internet is a blog holding hundreds more posts that I decided to leave obscure while I worked on my writing here. But even though I started this blog TO promote it, I still struggle with whether or not I want to.
While I am not promoting i am beholden to no one. If i want to post ten times a week and then take a month off, I can do that. Since the only people who regularly read me are my aunt and some spammer in Thailand, I can do that. If I want to rant about politics, I don’t chance losing readers. What’s my Aunt gong to do? Disown me?
(The answer is she will not because she loves me and I’m her favorite).
But while I’m not promoting, people aren’t reading the things I have to say. They’re not learning from the things I’ve learned already and they’re not being inspired by the things that have inspired me.
So, what’s a girl to do?