Sunday, March 30, 2008

Feeling Glum

I missed my post last night, almost tonight as well. I'm feeling a bit down. I'll try to keep this light-hearted though, no sense in spreading it. :)
I guess there are a lot of things on my mind right now. Some of it has to do with the blog, some not. I've got a lot to sort through, that's for sure. My plan for that is to sit down and come up with a list of my expectations and what I'm going to do to meet those expectations. It's going to take some time, but as long as I stay on top of it I think I'll do okay.
My wife likes to knit. She started a few years ago and she's gotten quite good at it. We've been talking about her taking some time to create some patterns and putting together a knitting site. I'm excited for her. She's really quite talented, though she'll never admit it. My goal is to help her get started after the summer, once the basement is finished and my computer room has been successfully relocated.
I've come up with a couple more projects I would like to tie into my writing as well. I'm not really the type of writer that can pump out freelance articles for various magazines. I mean, assign me a topic and I can do it for you, but I really just don't see myself anticipating demand. I've already got enough on my mind as it is. So, I need to come up with creative ways to start making money with my writing. Obviously, as far as the blog is concerned I'm not looking at it as a future source of income. That would be a mistake, I think. My reasoning? From my experience with this blog and looking at other blogs of similar content, I've met people who I see as more of friends than income sources. Maybe if my blog had thousands of visitors that were looking for something my adsense ads could give them, but I don't think my content supports that. To be honest, I'm not ready to put together a blog that drives that sort of traffic just yet.
My experience with Entrecard has been mostly good. But as I understand and have also read on a few blogs that have quit using the service, a vast majority of the traffic is from users that sort of cheat the system by only loading the Entrecard widget, allowing for quick card drops before they head to the next drop. I've been introduced to a lot of good bloggers, though, so I guess I'll stick with it for a while. But I definitely see an end of our relationship in the future.
My blog is only a month and a half old, so I can't really expect a lot in the way of traffic just yet. I understand that. Sometimes it's easy to look past our successes and focus on our obstacles. At least for me. I'll try to keep my chin up and we'll just have to see where the future takes us.


Creative Writing Exercise:
Write about what makes you happy.


Christy said...

I don't blame you for wondering about making an income from your blog. It takes a good three months before you even start to see results. If you haven't read through the site yet, it will give you a ton of ways to make money blogging. Also the best site I've found for us freelance writers is the blog Freelance Writing run by Deb Ng, it's got great information for making money writing online.

If you ever need any help just email me, and welcome to the world of blogging!


Diane Dehler said...

I like the title of your blog and there are times when no matter where I hunt,l my Muse is nowhere to be seen.

I have found that joining web rings helps with traffic. It takes time and a clear focus in what your blog is about.

Good luck and in time your traffic will pick up.