Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game. Are you a blogger like me? I’ve been retired (from working for other people) for seven years (I took early retirement) and now I’m a full-time blogger. I started blogging around 15 years ago. What have 15 years of blogging taught me about blogging?
I always wanted to be a professional blogger. That is I wanted to make money at blogging, even as I struggled with my first blog. And I have become a professional blogger. Last year the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette made $55.00 as an affiliate of the Mr. Skin/Naked News network. And so far this year The Gazette has made $74.00 as an affiliate. Of course, it cost me between $300.00 to $360.00 every year to publish The Gazette, but I feel I’m headed in the right direction.
When I first started blogging about 15 years ago, my blogs were all about me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. I used my first blogs to vent about my lousy life as an unpublished, starving writer. I should have named those first blogs: Woe Is Me. My first lesson as a blogger was rather humbling. No one wanted to read about me. I wasn’t a celebrity. I wasn’t even a minor local celebrity. People certainly didn’t want to read about a middle-age man venting about his life as an unsuccessful writer. In other words, my life really wasn’t that interesting. It finally dawned on me that if I wanted the readership of my blog to grow I had to write about “topics” I was passionate about and that other people would be interested in, too. So, what “topics” could I blog about with passion? Fast forward several years and several blogs later and I finally figured it out:
Blogging*Fiction*Film And TV*Karaoke*Topless Women
And then I got the idea that this ideal blog would be Pittsburgh-centric (that was a no-brainer) and I would blog about real places: places like the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh and neighborhood bars like Armand’s and Nico’s in Little Italy in Pittsburgh. Since I’m a Pitt alumnus (2006) and I visit CLP and Armand’s and Nico’s on a regular basis, I could even use my everyday life for content, meaningful content. The operative word is “meaningful.”
I would try to add new content every week…
Well, my little girlie blog received 6,596 visitors who read 21,227 pages last month. Will my little girlie blog ever break even? Will it ever operate in the black? I don’t know. But so far blogging has been a journey of little victories and as long as the little victories keep piling up I’ll keep on blogging.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Today in The ‘Burgh it will be a mostly sunny day with a high around 57.