“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love…and then for money” (Moliere)
He’s not wrong.
Shortly after I started writing for money, as much as loved the different challenges and the push to carry out research in areas I wouldn’t have otherwise, I was feeling quite creatively stunted. It was that feeling that pushed me to set up my own blog and boy, was it worth it.
I didn’t have a focus, I didn’t have a criteria. I just wrote. The most liberating experience was the fact that I had complete creative freedom – something which I hadn’t felt for a very long time.
Another great thing about blogging is that it has opened the doors to meeting (in the virtual sense, of course), so many other writers which somehow, feels more personal than being a part of say, a Facebook page.
I have to admit that I’m quite a late starter when it comes to blogging – in my eyes Twitter meant blogging and blogging meant Twitter. However I was put off by what I deemed at the time, the pointless-ness of it. I couldn’t understand why I needed yet another forum to hear about what people were having for breakfast and who they wanted to vote for on XFactor. And so, much to my regret, I didn’t explore the blogging concept any further and pushed my redundant Twitter account to the back of my mind.
A while later I revisited Twitter and found slight more joy as it tapped into my nosiness in being able to follow celebrities. Again, no joy with helping me understand what the point of blogging was.
It was actually my writing for money that made me appreciate that there was more to blogging than the one liners that Twitter enabled. I was commissioned to write regular posts for a company blog that involved copy and SEO writing but, part of my job was to also upload it to WordPress. I realised that due to my ignorance, contributed to my lack of interest in clicking ‘see our blog’ links on websites, I had been hiding away from a whole new world of writing.
From a personal point of view, Twitter is still not for me but, I realise and utilise its business purpose. My real love of blogging has been nurtured by the facility that sites like WordPress offer.
I know many of you thought I might provide some enlightenment on how to earn money through blogging. But there are enough articles out there about that. For me, blogging enables me to go back to why I write. For love.