Is blogging a numbers game? Is it all about how many people read each of your posts? Is it trying to write just what other people want to read so that your numbers will go up?
Or is it about writing what moves your spirit? Sharing what makes YOU tick?
For those of us who are trying to generate an income from our blogs, because we genuinely need it, it is like a juggling act.
I know this is not a very Christmas like topic, but as the year is winding down, I am giving this a lot of thought.
My blog has certainly evolved since I first started out on this journey. I have definitely veered from my original purpose, which was to promote my antiques business and show some of my home decor.
Do I still need to promote my business? Yes, because like everyone else I need to eat and have shelter.
Do I still like to decorate? Yes, I love to, but as I am not living in my own home at this time, my decorating is limited.
I've wondered why I have been led along this path and I think it is because I have been gently (at times not so gently) guided to realize that I need to write about what feeds my spirit. That often changes from day to day, but I believe I was led to go back to graduate school later in life to get my MS in counseling psychology for a reason. I love seeing what makes people tick and even though I didn't like sitting in an office on a daily basis working as a counselor, I still feel called to provide inspiration.
Yes, my blog has evolved, and will continue to evolve in the future. I know that people have dropped off my list of readers, just as I have dropped off some of the blogs I once read faithfully. For me there are only so many times that I can read about painting a piece of furniture, even though I love to paint furniture, and I am so in awe of those who do it in such beautiful ways. I love blogs that share more, because that is who I am. I love the friendships that I have made and the ones that are still to come.
So as I sit here this holiday season, with another year winding down, I think about the numbers, and I wonder if mine will ever be in a place where I can generate some real income from my writings. What I do know is that I will continue to feed my spirit through this blog and hopefully, some of yours.
I will be heading out to Atlanta in my chuggy car on Monday, driving on a wing and a prayer that it will make the almost four hundred miles with no problems. I will stay in touch while I am there, but want to spend every moment enjoying my family at this special time of year.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!