Yep, I'm a nerd. In fact, on any given day you'll see me either:
1) Holding a book
2) Reading a book
3) Discussing a book
4) Trying to find a book
That hobby is actually how I found out about blogging. Most of the time I remained in stealth mode, reading funny comments, or getting inside info on exciting new authors, and it seemed...interesting. Even better, I met like-minded and opinionated people who were making a difference. Wicked Readings by Tawania is the first Blog about romance books that I followed, and in doing so, realized that many years ago, while living in Virginia, our children had actually attended high school together. Talk about small world!
Amazingly, according to Blogging.org 329 million+ people actually take time to check out some type of blog on a monthly basis, with over 500,000 posts made daily. For some reason, I thought women blogged more than men, but it's actually the opposite, and that's surprising.
Because I read so much, friends say I blurt out a lot of useless trivia, and to stop them from having to listen to all this knowledge, they encouraged me to start a blog so I could torture perfect strangers. (lol) As much as I love to pass on how to find a fun freebie, a cool contest, a rockin' recipe or random acts of kindness, my passion was talking about domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence share a special place in my heart and deserve to be heard and protected.
According to this same data, 81 per cent of those who blog will never make any serious money, while 8% are those who can actually sustain a living talking about things they love. This sounds hard to believe, but 2 percent of bloggers make $150,000 or more! Wow, that just sounds unbelievable, right?
So the question of the day is, "Why Do You Blog?" Do you have something important to share? What do you really want people to know about you? Does it bother you if readers comment in a less than favorable way to a topic you've posted? Are you lonely and look forward to meeting new people? Are you a writer, or dream of one day being a novelist? Do you write for your own peace of mind? Do you visit your Blog on a regular basis, and do you care about your numbers? Are you organized? Do you wake up every day, excited about new discussions? Is this a hobby or do you expect to become rich and famous? Is blogging your true passion?
Blogging is a great way to share information, but sooner or later, there will be a day, a week or even a month, when you're just plain burned out. There will come a time when you may notice your earlier success is waning, making you need to switch gears. What if you're trying to maintain one or more blogs simultaneously? Is there such as thing as sharing "too much" on a blog, and how do you find balance?Where will you find the time, and still maintain your sanity?
Time permitting, I enjoy checking out different blogs in the universe and some have been totally outrageous! (lol) I've even found some (quite by accident, of course-lol) where there is outright nudity and sexual acts going on. The best one about cheating is Chumplady.com, and there are literally hundreds of fashion and makeup blogs to suit every taste. Blogs about blogging, cooking, teas, travel, politics, book reviews, entertainment, health, parenting, sweepstakes, marriage, and more are all there, and many are successful. Some, unfortunately are not. I've clicked on plenty of sites that are no longer operational.
If you want honest feedback about your blog, or various topics of discussion, there's no better place to be than connecting with other bloggers.
So, inquiring minds want to know what made you get up one day and say, "I Want to Blog"?