147 Unanswered emails (sorry ’bout that)
7 computer induced migraines
3 (unfulfilled) Book Offers – you didn’t know that didja?
1 Year of writing and attempting to take pictures that are almost in focus.
Yup. One year ago to the day, I started this little blog of mine. Most people who start a blog say “Oh golly … I never thought anyone other than my mom would read it”. I’m not gonna say that. That’s not true. My goal was to make the biggest blog known to mankind. A blog so successful, I could retire from the proceeds from it and start a vacation retreat/cat colony in the Azores.
I wanted to create a blog that would inspire people to do stuff.
I was successful on one account.
The truth is, I really did want to create a successful blog from day one. A blog that helped people and made me some cash in the process. Not a ton of money. Just enough to tide me over until the next hosting job came along.
In fact, I gave myself a year to do this. A year, which ends today. If after one year my blog was not what I considered to be successful, I was going to unplug the computer and shut it down.
So today, I have a question I need to ask myself. Is my blog successful? Well, from the amount of comments I get … I’d say yes. I believe I’m providing entertainment and information to a fairly large number of people.
Is my blog successful in terms of making me money. Nope. Not when you factor in how long each post takes me to do every day. The answer is a resounding NO. I’d make more money selling my shaved leg hair on Ebay.
So what’s a gal to do?
A gal keeps writing. That’s what she does. What the hell else am I gonna do? I love writing and I love posting about stuff I think you’ll find useful.
However, in my never ending quest to turn this into a venture I can sustain ( and that can sustain me ) for longer than the next couple of months I am implementing 2 changes to The Art of Doing Stuff.
1. Once a month I am going to put up a “Donate” button at the end of a post. If everyone who read the blog donated $1, once a month, I would have enough cash to allow me to do bigger and better projects, plus buy really expensive cheese for myself.
This is exactly the thing every blog professional advises against doing by the way. NEVER put a “donate” button on your website. You’ll look amateurish, desperate, poor. Yes, well I’m every one of those things so pfttttt. I don’t give a care. Never one to take good advice, I’m doing it anyway. Give me a dollar once a month or don’t, I won’t judge. Honestly, I won’t. If you give me more than a dollar I’ll bake you a cake. No I won’t. That’s a lie.
2. I am going to somehow integrate porn into the site. Seems like a real money-maker to me.
Thanks for a truly fantastic year. And if you can’t donate … that’s O.K, I probably wouldn’t donate to a blog either. Just promise me you’ll tell a friend about the site.
A rich friend.
(Click the button below if you’d like to give me $1. Also click the button below if you’d like to give me $100. Your choice. )