Most of us blog for free. I blog for free which comes as a surprise to many people that visit my website. The obvious question then is “why do you work so hard for a blog that doesn’t pay you?” Well I first appreciate that some bloggers recognize the effort I put into my blog even if they don’t know the exact number of hours I spend on it daily. I firmly believe that to pursue success by yourself you will often have to provide your talent, services, or “work” for free for a time. That is the bane of not being an outlier.
My father does not own WordPress and I don’t work for WP either. I hate to disappointed some of the theorists out there. I am not an outlier in this field and although my mother is an author, I had very little to draw from growing up in regards to the writing industry. It was not a “leg up” for me in any sense of the term. I have worked hard for every visit, view, comment, like, and subscriber. Handouts are for the privileged… good for them. I am still waiting to be Freshly Pressed and I am sure that will occur any day now…
I believe that if you are an average writer like I am than you must rely on yourself to get seen. You must blog for free to be noticed in this rat race. Do bloggers strike gold occasionally, of course they do! I have yet to sit beside a rainbow and wish for anything though. Good things like that never happen to me and hedging my bet that suddenly “someone important” is going to notice me is a waste of time. We are all searching for that ONE view that matters, I often feel however that those types of Cinderella stories are for others. Not for me.
Blogging for free can suck. I will not blow daisies up your ass, it can suck hard! Countless hours of work, demanding bloggers that beg/ask for favors, comments that build up overnight, SPAM that must be sifted so that “real comments” don’t get lost, and responding to personal emails are only a few of the routine things I do on a daily basis. These are all part of ONLY 1/3 of my blogging model as well, so my time does quickly become limited. Why do I do it? I do it because I hope one day it will all be worth it. I hope one day I can proudly say to certain doubters that “finally my website is a success.” Until that time I will keep doing what I do. Grinding it out each day like everyone else and blogging for free because we enjoy it.