Today might be the day I finally call myself a writer. If I’m lucky and a few more people take the time to read this blog I might make it to 10,000 views. When I started writing this blog in August of 2009, I had no real plan for where it should go over time, I just wanted to express some thoughts that were rattling around in my head all too frequently. I read a few blogs to see what else was out there and honestly, I was kind of appalled at the poor spelling, lousy grammar, lack of punctuation and complete failure to make a valid point that some blogs deliver. Once I realized that none of that mattered in the blogosphere it became less daunting and I let my inner voice out for all to see.
Now, after 90 posts and a continually growing audience, I have to ask myself, “What happens next?” I like the mental exercise that writing offers me and God knows I have a lot of stuff to say. Mostly, it feels like a calling. There are so many issues that we need to address in the world today and somebody like me needs to speak out. I have experienced so much in my life and it has given me a world view that is broad and balanced. I hate prejudice of all kinds and I feel obliged to offer a perspective that is based on honesty and fairness. I really believe that God put me here to make a difference by writing about the importance of kindness, compassion and commitment to the betterment of mankind.
The question I am facing right now is, “How do I make a living while making a difference?” I’m looking at blogging for money as a second income but I’m hesitant because it seems like I’m selling out to the very people who need to be challenged. I really doubt that anyone in corporate America or the media wants someone with my views writing for them. The other alternative is to place Google Ads on my blog site and get paid per click, but then I’m just a billboard on the information superhighway. To me, writing is an art form that should be done for its own sake, not because it pays well. History is full of stories about starving artists who only achieved acclaim after they were gone.
I’m really curious to know what my readers think of this dilemma. I write because my head will explode if I don’t. I’m purely motivated by self-interest and my desire to make people think and laugh as often as possible. I have no ability to write a novel like Mark Twain and get rich from royalties. What I have is an ability to churn out a few hundred words at a time about the oddities of life. Blogging is perfect for me because I have no editor looking over my shoulder questioning me. I have friends who offer feedback when I ask but mostly I’m on my own with my thoughts and much to my surprise people all over the world are interested. Who knew?
I know I will keep writing no matter what happens. It’s in my blood now and I can’t conceive of stopping. If you’re a regular reader, today’s the day to comment. I don’t need validation but positive feedback is always welcome, not to mention subject matter suggestions. I do take requests and if I can pull together enough research to honestly put forth a thesis I will be only too happy to do so. Let me leave you all with something Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Happy is he who writes from the love of imparting certain thoughts and not from the necessity of sale — who writes always to the unknown friend.”
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