I have had a few bloggers approach me recently in regards to building a blog for them. After a couple conversations I thought I would simply voice my thoughts out to all of you.
I suppose at this point people consider me some kind of blogging profession. I don’t accept that title since I have only been blogging a little over a year, but in regards to “networking” I have been doing that all my life. Someone asked me in a comment how I can be so introverted and standoffish, but still have a family and children. That is a great question and deserves the complex answer it will receive. For me, and perhaps this only makes sense to me, I have always been an introvert. I feel boxed in when around a lot of people… even just a small group. I prefer my own company, I hate being touched, and I cannot concentrate around large groups… I zone out. Some psychologist might attribute this to my being adopted and some disconnect with my birth mother, I am sure smarter minds have smarter reasons than I can come up with myself.
I have always made friends easy, but have only kept a certain percentage of them through my life. This is not unusual, many people are similar, but many people also have a need for human contact. I find that people either have a love/hate relationship with me. They quickly learn whether they like to be around me or not and I in turn assess the same about them. I am no different than many people, my social interaction is limited to work and humans I meet throughout the day. My family constitutes the backbone of my social obligations for the majority of my life, because I work in IT during the overnight shift and I am not forced to converse with people. I get along great with co-workers and managers. I can be everyone’s friend and making “bonds” has never been a problem for me.
The problem has always been the obligation to continue to be nice to people when you really just want to be left the hell alone. During college you develop close friends and because of the lack of family and children you will often times find “permanent” buddies that literally live in your living room. The introduction of a family to me is actually a good thing, it is a shield against further “petty” friendships that I more than likely do not need. It takes a certain kind of friend to understand that you are the type that simply “goes off the grid” sometimes… and it isn’t a personal thing.
I am sure written out this all sounds very egotistical and snobbish. That is ok, I didn’t write this to make friends. But I did relate this for a reason.
Blogging to me is networking. It is the culmination of everything I have ever been good at in life thus far, and that sadly is a very short list. Writing, a constant goal, a platform where effort equals reward, and an ever changing landscape of people are all my tools against the constant enemy of boredom. I get bored very easily.
It is a simple concept to me, building blogs. I only wish there were a company that would notice and offer me a salary to do it. The few people that have asked me about building blogs for them have received the same answer, “I am not sure your average blogger would be willing to pay the expense such an undertaking requires.” At this point I believe I could build the audience of almost any blog to a certain number. A few months to gain a person 10,000 followers might seem like an easy task, but the number of hours it would require is lost on your normal blogger. They just don’t get the amount of time I put into each of my blogs.
I could quote a price I suppose; it would be a few thousand at least because of the number of hours required. The issue for me is why would I do it for less when I could be putting that same amount of work into my own blog? There has to be a reward for me right?
I am open to taking on commissions for people and have considered it. I try not to spam my followers with posts about this or that book unless I have read it, but there may be a venture worth looking into when it comes to building blogs for others. As I have said before, I am not a rich guy and I have few skills to my name. Why not use what I am good at? I will thus never fully say “no” to a possible opportunity.
If you are a wealthy blogger who doesn’t have the time, patience, or will to build your audience, but are interested in throwing me a few thousand to build your blog go ahead and email me. I could always use the money.