Blogging for Bucks (no, not THOSE Bucks)

December 7, 2006

In noodling around the Internet this morning (read: Beth should have been doing laundry. Sigh.) I found an article about Blog Empires — people that perhaps started small and ended up finding the exact right niche at the right time and either got very rich through advertising or very popular or both. The article waxed on and on about “A-list” blogs (i.e. Gawker, Boing Boing, Daily Kos — like these folks need my puny links?) and bemoaned the tons and tons of the rest of us toiling in obscurity. Apparently, the key is to somehow get the Bigwigs to provide a link to one’s own blog. The article mentioned bloggers — in one case a guy who had already become a millionaire — who wrote around the clock to keep their traffic up.

Dude, relax.

Don’t get me wrong — if someone wants to pay me even a two-figure income for writing, I’m good with that. And I admit that my own blog stats interest (okay, obsess) me. Not surprisingly, more people look at my blog than actually comment and not surprisingly, much of my own traffic comes through friends’ blogs. So mostly it’s friends and friends of friends reading. I don’t think I’m on my way to becoming rich or famous (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it’s my hope that blogging helps connect me into community and helps me communicate ideas and thoughts that would otherwise languish in my over-tired brain. I’m blessed, really blessed by the thought that anyone cares enough to read or comment. I don’t feel the least bit obscure, though some might question that!

Last week, someone — a complete stranger — linked to my post about the Wiggles (in the comments sections).  I yelled to Tim, “My Lord, people actually read this crap I write!”

And Tim’s like, “Um hon, it’s kinda a public forum, you know.” Oh yeah. I could be in BIG trouble with the Girl Scouts.

So here’s my idea — we’ve seen the orthodontist about Abby and will soon be bleeding lotsa cash for her and then inevitably for the next two. Maybe if y’all make me a link on your blogroll, it will up my traffic and help buy the car that we’ll certainly be buying for this man over the next ten years. Takers? Anyone? Anyone?

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2 Responses to “Blogging for Bucks (no, not THOSE Bucks)”

  1. erica said

    I helped buy my vet a motorcycle. Real nice Harley, it was.

    I shoulda beena doctor. No one buys fourth grade teachers motorized vehicles. They buy us things with apples on them. I only like my apples in pies, and only then if I have actually made the pie MYSELF.

    sigh.

  2. Beth Koruna said

    Yeah, my MIL was a 4th grade teacher (oooh, spooky!) and she got pretty sick and tired of apples. Upon her advice, I almost always give gift cards (to fun stores like Target) to my kids’ teachers. If you have any other ideas (other than we can’t really afford the motorized vehicle thing, sorry), let me know!

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