Hello, you rock ‘n’ rollers wherever you are! Welcome to my blog. If you are a blogger too that’s great. I often relate my own experiences as a blogger in the posts of this blog with the hope that my failures and successes will give other small-traffic (20,000 to 30,000 page views a month) bloggers like myself an insight into this thing we call blogging, especially since I’m trying to make money with my blog. Now I know every blogger doesn’t want to make money from his or her blog. For these bloggers, blogging is a way to connect and to share with the world. I’m addressing those bloggers who not only want to connect and share with the world, but who also want to monetize their blogs in the hope of supplementing their main source of income.
Yes, I make a little money from this blog. Not much. This year I’ve invested around $175.00 to maintain the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, paying for hosting and domain name and daily backup. And I invested another $100.00 paying to publish four erotic flash fiction stories from two contributors. So my total investment for this year is $275.00. By the end of this year the blog will have returned to me about $325.00 giving me a net profit of $50.00. A net profit of $50.00 is not much. But it’s a start for a larger net profit for the year 2018. I’m retired which allows me to be a full-time professional blogger and I’ve learned a lot about blogging this year after more than eight years of blogging. I’m looking forward to 2018 as a year of even greater net profits for my little niche blog. I dream of yearly net profits of $300.00 to $500.00. It’s nice to have dreams. Dreams keep us young…
We who hope to make money from our blogs have to consume a lot of content not only to keep up with what is going on in our particular niche, but we have to consume a lot of content about the world beyond our niche. An ill-informed blogger is at a great disadvantage when it comes to making money from his or her blog. I spend hours most days consuming content from books and from the Internet that I cannot possibly use for my blog; but I need to be well-informed so that what I do blog about will have context. The trick is to set aside enough time to actually produce content for your own blog.
Every blogger is different. You will have to find your own way to balance consumption vs production. Just remember, your job as a blogger is to blog. Consumption of content for its own sake can be satisfying, but it does you no good if it doesn’t help you to produce your own content on a regular basis…
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos used for this blog post were sampled from Egoallstars.
“I would have been a great writer, but the chairs in the library were too hard.”—-Anonymous