I think it all comes down to purpose and perspective. First why are you blogging? For what purpose and are you meeting that objective?…
It seems many of us start blogs, but don’t know why we continue them? And if we do go on, it’s like walking through a maze. We make twists, turns, and sometimes go backwards. We don’t know what’s at the exit or how to get there.
And in the process we may either lose sight of our objective or realize we never had one.
When I started blogging I had two objectives. One was to make money online and the second was to share knowledge with others.
I remember asking myself, “Why?”
To the money part, my answer was (in part) “to add additional income to our household”.
And to the second part, I answered, “With what I’ve learned through the years (and continue to learn), a blog would be a great medium to share with others and maybe make their life a little easier.”
I feel I continually meet the “sharing knowledge” part of my goal, however, making money online had became a non issue. After all, what I get from blogging is priceless.
But, after blogging for two and a half years, I’ve regrouped and am revisiting the make money online objective.
With the blogging knowledge I’ve accumulated plus the reputation I’ve built online, it’s now time for me to “go for the gold” with my blogging endeavors.
No. It does not mean I’ll be tacking flashing ads to this site, nor will I be begging anyone to buy something from me.
What I’m doing instead is setting up an additional site on which I will offer a fee based service (plus more).
Unfortunately I’m not ready to unveil my new project yet, but that’s not what’s important today.
What is important is that we all ask ourselves the questions Tom has suggested.
Why are YOU blogging?
What is your agenda? What is the PURPOSE that drives you to sit in front of your computer screen and publish posts? To visit other blogs? To leave comments? To renew your blog subscription?
Is your blog fulfilling your objective?
If not, might it be time to take a hard look at where you are, where your blog is headed and possibly ________(fill in the blank)?
I’ve shared my story and I’d love to hear yours.
Photo Credit: Tim Green aka atoach