Wait, what is the question?
Recently, I attended a Freelancer's Union Spark Event where freelance professionals gathered to share their knowledge on diversifying income streams. There were people in attendance from all kinds of business backgrounds with loads of experience running their own businesses. I am extremely grateful for their generosity in sharing what they know and what they have found to bring them the most success. One of the ideas presented during the discussion on gaining an audience involved blogs, which prompted the question, "Are blogs over?"
I immediately began to question this blog's existence and what I was doing with it, really.
Do I know? Oh gosh, maybe blogs are over and I should just delete everything and pretend it never happened. I later remarked to another attendee that I was no Tom Wolfe. "Why did I even choose Tom Wolfe, a male writer, as an example?", I thought almost as soon as the words left my mouth. Why couldn't I have said "Maya Angelou" or "Toni Morrison" or, any number of female literary geniuses? Probably because his recent passing put his name foremost in my mind. And I have read at least one book by Tom Wolfe, so, it was not completely disingenuous to say.
The discussion around blogs and whether or not they were helpful brought up the fact that many people have great success monetizing their blogs. "Oh monetizing! Good! How do I even do that?", I wondered. Well, apparently I need to get thousands of visitors first, so I've got a ways to go there.
"Why did I start this blogging thing?", I wondered, while everyone else talked about the benefit of blogging. "It's a lot of extra work, I have to come up with new illustration ideas to go with the blog and execute them while trying to multitask a lot of other projects.", I thought. I think the reason I started this was because I read somewhere late last year in the loads of online business advice articles that a blog will increase traffic to your site, and it gives people a little more insight into who you are. Great!
Like I said, I'm no Tom Wolfe. Or Toni Morrison. Or Maya Angelou. And my take on things might not always resonate well with others. I'm new here. It could be risky.
So why do it? Isn't it just kind of an exercise in "navel gazing" in my case? Or one of those risky "best to be thought a fool than open one's mouth" kind of deals? It could be. It could also, maybe, be of value to someone else out there in ways I don't even understand. Sometimes, I'll say or do something that I don't even realize might be helpful to others, and I'm wonderfully surprised I've been helpful. Even if it's just someone else out there, reading alone in their house or co-working space and thinking, " Oh, thank goodness I'm not alone in feeling or thinking this way!" That's a good thing. It could also be of value to me in the sense that someone does actually share some feedback on what I've written, and I could learn from them, or feel I'm not alone in thinking or feeling the way I do, too. That would be great! Of course, I could also really tick someone off unintentionally. Even then, if that person provides some constructive feedback, it could expand my point of view, which is always a gift.
It's all about trying to make the connection.
So, as much pressure as I feel in writing a monthly blog while doing everything else, I think I'll keep on bloggin'.
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Illustration ©Michelle Bocklage