A long, long time ago I used to blog for the mere fun of having somewhere to rant and vent as much as I want without anyone censoring me or my thoughts…
What now? While my posts are, safe to say, still all my own thoughts and what-not, there’s another new factor that is insidiously starting to affect my blogging mojo:
I don’t know about you guys, but there’s a certain satisfaction in seeing my blog widening its reach so to speak. I felt vindicated creating a Facebook page, sharing posts on Google+, joining groups and forums. Getting visitors, views and comments became something of an addicting, must-have-more, how-else-do-I-syndicate drug. *hangs head in shame*
What do I really get out of it anyway? At the end of the day, nothing really. At least, nothing tangible. I don’t get paid to review stuff, there’s no monetary bonus for topping last week’s number of views and PR people aren’t exactly lining up at the door to give me freebies. Bitter? A bit, maybe. Like when I see other blogs with all these sponsors and yet the quality of the blog posts themselves are nothing to write home about (pun intended). But that’s just me and my bitter, snobby alter-ego speaking. 😛
Now, I really have nothing against those who do monetize their blogs. In fact, I admire them for getting something concrete for all their efforts. But then I see some personal blogs becoming more and more “commercialized” and I think, no, that’s not what I want my blog to become. At the end of the day, I value my creative freedom to write about whatever strikes my fancy whenever I want to. It’s going back to why I started blogging in the first place.
That aside, there are other perks to blogging. Like meeting like-minded people I would otherwise never have known if not for this big old blogosphere. Or finding a new perspective on a stale issue. Stuff like that, you get the drift. 😉
Bottom line, I really should STOP minding the blog stats so much and just write. 😛