Many times in course of going about my day, I am asked “what is it like to be a blogger? And just as frequently, I am asked: “Well, uh, what is a blog?”.
In this article I will explain and quite possibly, offer some encouragement to the budding bloggers out there!
First of all, a definition. The most succinct definition of a blog is that it is a shared on-line journal where people (“bloggers”) post diary entries about topics for which they are passionate. The postings – or articles – on a blog are typically in chronological order.
Okay, with that out of the way, let us start our journey. Because bloggers are passionate about their topic, they usually are up early in the morning so that they have plenty of time to peruse the news online as well as to check in with other blogs that are in their niche. That done, they hit their email and their blog comments. Over a cup of coffee or two, they slough through upwards of 40 or 50 emails that come in overnight.
This is a grueling process only from the standpoint that for a popular blog, there are lots and lots of emails and comments. If the blogger were to answer each one personally, there would be no time for anything else such as eating, sleeping and writing new blog articles!
When the morning blog-related housekeeping is done, it is time to get ready for work. You did know, that with rare exception, bloggers have day jobs? So it is off to work and for better or for worse, the daily grind. Deep down, I suppose most bloggers hope that the time will come when they can support themselves and their family from their blog earnings but the reality is that that is not going to happen.
During lunch breaks and coffee breaks, the blogger, or at least this one, sneaks back into email and the news, searching for ideas or simply working the backlog. Comments awaiting moderation may also get addressed at this time.
Before you know it, it is time to end the work day and get back home. Of course if you are self-employed like I am, that means shutting down by client work and heading downstairs to enjoy an early evening glass of wine with my husband. During this time we bounce around ideas for another article while simply enjoying each other’s company for an hour or two.
While the non-blogging spouse or partner readies dinner, the blogger is at it again, This time he or she is creating some fresh new content for the next day’s post or article. For the articles that are well vetted, this can take an hour or two but for the blogger, it is a labor or love. Remember that passion for the topic is foremost and a driving factor. Always.
After dinner it is time for some TV or a movie. The diehard blogger in the survival and preparedness niche is more likely to watch a related documentary or movie than to watch the latest sitcom. Go figure.
Finally, it is time for bed. One more check for comments and off we go with a stack of preparedness related books that are in varying stages of review as well as an iPad or laptop so we can check on things as we wind down for the night. Sound obsessed? Well maybe just a little.
After five or six hours of sleep the whole routine starts up again.
So is it all worth it? I keep going back to the passion and desire – at least in the survival niche – to help people. And through helping people, we learn more ourselves and become better prepared for whatever may happen in this uncertain world.
Do you make money? A little, and hopefully enough through commissions and advertising to pay your hosting costs with a little left over to purchase items for review. But the overall compelling reason to stay with it is – a least for me – is a certain thrill in getting reader thank you’s for the information and insights published on the blog. That, and in being recognized by your peers as an authority is what keeps you going day in and day out.
You will find that many bloggers drop out after a month or two. It is, after all, hard work with very little in the way of monetary compensation. But on the other hand, it can be one of the most rewarding things you do. It does take a village, after all.
If you would like to learn more about me and my blog, come visit Backdoor Survival. I’ll keep the back door unlocked and make sure the coffee is fresh!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation.