A year ago I set up this blog, purchased a domain name, waded (usually lost) through wordpress, and intended to take the blogging world by storm. I mean, other people make money from blogging–so much that they can quit their jobs. And while I didn’t intend to quit my “job”, I definitely was looking for something that could bring in a little extra. Or could make enough to let my husband quit his job and enable us to move to some beautiful tropical island (Guam) or exotic Africa (specifically, South).
But here I am a year later, eating my bok choi and tofu, and wondering if I should fork out the $15 to keep my domain name for another year. Because, if last year was any indication, I’m nevah evah going to see those $15 again.
<pause for bokchoi and tofu refill>
Why am I not a monetarily successful blogger? After much consideration, I have some answers.
Answer #1: I’m not a niche blogger.
Or, more specifically, I choose not to be a niche blogger.
Successful bloggers are niche bloggers. And apparently I am not niche oriented.
For heaven’s sake, I can’t even write a blip bio for myself without the compelling urge to write down everything I do and everything I’m interested in. I can’t reduce myself to “Homeschooling mom of two.” (Not that I’m a homeschooling mom, but you know.) I’m MORE than that!
And so, apparently, is my blog.
Answer #2: I don’t have a naturally well-lit house.
Which means that I don’t get to take great photos. (There is no good setting for flourescently lit, quickly moving children). And people like good photos.
Answer #3: I have a computer guilt complex.
Even now, while Devo has taken both girls to Lia’s ballet class to give me some self time (brave man), I am feeling guilty for sitting at the computer. There is bokchoi and tofu to put away, dishes to wash, laundry to do, and a nap to be taken–and then that ‘self-time’ to be enjoyed. (And all before they get back…I’d better get cracking!) In fact, if they drove up right now, I am sure I would bolt out of my chair and pretend to have been doing something else while they were gone.
Which makes me feel as though I haven’t made it far from my childhood days of hiding the book I was reading when Mom walked into the room.
Of course, if I was making money from sitting here, I might feel different. Justified. Rich. Smug.
Answer #4: I’m too chatty.
I always have this overwhelming desire to write about every little detail of the day, with many stream of consciousness detours…and all in one long post. Which is blogger suicide. But very fun to write. And very true to life.
This post is a case in point. Although, I’m trying really hard to focus.
Answer #5: I can’t figure out how to make my blog more aesthetically pleasing.
Read: I don’t have enough time or will power or possibly the ability to figure out html. And I know, because I’ve tried. And failed.
So, where to go from here? My domain name expires in 11 days. Between now and then I have to decide if I’m going to rally my forces and make a more educated stab at being a “successful” blogger…or if I’m going to remain a happily random and obscure blogger without even a domain name.
Well, what would it take for me to overcome the above three obstacles?
#1: I’d have to become a niche blogger.
So what do you think is my best area? Is “motherhood” considered a niche?
And what do you prefer? A blogger who succeeds and has lots of tips, or one who is puzzled and feeling their way through?
#2: I’d have to get a new house.
Windows and sunlight. Ahhhhh. Well, we’re working on this one. Finding a house with natural light in the main living area is actually a lot harder than you’d think.
#3: I’d have to either start bringing in money or go to counseling.
Or, when we move into our new house with it’s all-purpose family room, maybe I won’t feel like I’m shutting out the world when I sit down to write.
#4: I’d have to focus my posts.
Focusing posts = focusing brain. Is this insurmountable?
#5: I’d have to pay someone to make my blog theme pretty.
And to do that, I’d have to have money. Or a savvy friend willing to do it for free.
So, what do you think? I have 11 days to decide. The time is ticking…