Today kicks off day one of the current Ultimate Blog Challenge. And since my own blog has pretty much turned into a stagnant pond of nothingness I thought I'd jump in and stir up the waters. (and in the process try WAY to hard to find a metaphor)
The UBC is about getting into a habit of blogging, and meeting other bloggers along the way. Whats not to love!
Once upon a time I LOVED to blog. I did it for fun, as an extension of my personal paper journal. My first ever blog was on Xanga. I've also had blogs at Livejournal, and a few blog hosts that don't exist any more. Mostly I stick with Blogger these days. I'm comfortable with them.
Along the way I had developed a taste for earning pennies for my posting. And no matter how hard I try I can't make my personal blog make money.
Because I'm not a niche blogger. I blog all over the place. And on top of that it is a PERSONAL blog. I mean, most of the world doesn't care what I had for breakfast (sausage and toast) or what I did after work (Grilled brats and blew bubbles with my 2 year old.)
I can't even really call myself a LIFESTYLE blog. I'm not a fashion guru. I'm a horrible cook. I don't know how to apply makeup. I have nothing going for me.
Well, I'm a mom, but not a mommy blogger because as parents go I'm not the worlds greatest mom. I'm barely the worlds okayest mom.
|If my son's ever buy me this mug, I'll accept it with pride and drink|
mediocre coffee out of it, please that I managed to keep them alive
and that's okay.
So, no, I'm never going to make millions (or hundreds, or tens) of dollars blogging but...
I used to have so much fun with it. At the end of the day I'd sit down and I'd write about my day. And... and this is the amazing part... people would READ about my day, and COMMENT about my day.
It was awesome.
So, this month I'm going to try to put the fun back into blogging for myself.
If that means blogging about the classic movie my kid just watched for the first time (Harry and the Henderson's BTW) and not thinking twice about SEO, then so be it.
Because I work a full time job to pay the bills, if my blog hasn't earned money in this many years it probably never will but maybe, just maybe, I'll find my own voice again, remember how much I used to love the simple act of writing, and pick up a few new friends along the way!