Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why Bother?

I quit writing this blog about three times a week. Seriously. Then something happens or someone relates to something that I wrote and I go back to my computer and write.

I find it hard to believe that anyone even cares to read this blog. That is the most surprising thing to me. This Christmas, I was at a party when an in-law cousin came up to me and said she was reading this blog. Really? I was shocked. She found the link on my Facebook page. She said that she calls her friend and they laugh at what I have written. Really? Shocking. Her favorite post? Blondes Build a Better Mousetrap.

Guess how many "hits" I get a day? I average about 40. It isn't many for the big time bloggers. But for Indy, I just can't believe that 40 people check out my site every day. I average about 10 comments per post. Comments make me happy!

Why did I start this? As a stay at home mom, I don't do many things for money. But in all honesty, I started this to make a little extra money. One of my friends told me how much she made blogging and I thought that even if I only had a little advertising on my site, I'd be happy with any amount of extra money. I don't make a ton of money from my blog but I think it may keep me from spending money. It is a great hobby and it is cheaper than shopping or therapy.

My husband has been great about this blog. I try not to really talk about him or his work. Sometimes that can be a killer. But, he has been great about letting me write. He even reads it now and then. What more can a wife ask?

Someone people wonder where I find the time. I don't spend a lot of time writing. I would guess that maybe I spend about 1/2 an hour at the most. Reading and posting on other people's blogs takes a lot more of my time. I have found it harder and harder to get to other people's blogs. I am doing that a lot less than I used to.

I have found that blogging is a great outlet for me. I certainly don't do it for the money anymore. I don't make hardly anything at all from advertising but I receive so much more back in support. It has become a journal of my life. I have also made some very cool friends and I can always use more friends. So thank you for coming back day after day. Some days I have no idea what I will write or if I will have anything worthy to say. But, I will keep putting myself out there. I will quit and I will be back many times a week. I hope you'll be here too.

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

Well, I'm glad you will be back!
You were one of my first reads and I really enjoy reading your blog. You are very real and I admire that!
I never knew when I started this that I wold find so many friends and supporters either!

Flea said...

I'm glad you're out here blogging. It's always good to see that you've posted and pop over to read. For over a year I had the same stats. With fluctuations. It's all good. :)

Jessica said...

I'm glad you'll be back too! I think your posts are very relatable and that's why I enjoy reading them so much. It's usually about real things that happen every day...which can be interesting to read about. Thanks for sharing! I'll be back.

Jackie Sakura said...

Hey, you're talking about ME! ;-) And YES, my friend and I REALLY do enjoy reading your blog. You're a great writer...funny, realistic, interesting... Glad to have you back! I check your blog daily. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is part of my morning routine as I settle in at work. As I always say to Aldee, "How am I suppose to put off doing work if Indy doesn't post something on her blog?" So, thank you for helping me ease into my day so I don't have to hit the ground running!
~Aldee's friend Mary

Steph said...

I had the same feeling about blogging. Why would anyone care about what I have to say? Yet I have found some great friends and I can't remember life without blogging :) Glad to see you will continue to be here!

Krystyn said...

Glad you are here...and glad you are back.

Anonymous said...

I love how most bloggers I read threaten to give it up and then they write about it. Bottom line: It's an attention addiction and a great connection and expression hobby. Indy, you couldn't give this up, even if you wanted to, but since you do it so well, you keep writing anyway. A public journal, eh? Happy New Year!

C and C Mommy said...

I blog simply so my extended family can keep up with my kids. I have found many friends through blogging and they enjoy reading my posts, but they are not the intended audience.

I enjoying reading your posts. Don't quit!!

OHmommy said...

The last anon has a very VERY good point.

I have wanted to quit a million times and blogged about it. I could not quit. Not now. It is a great way to express.

And for the first 9 months or so of blogging I was soooooo happy when I received 6 comments. I remember the day I got 10... thinking WHOA I have so many people reading me. I too started to do it thinking I could make some well needed extra cash. And now, I realize that working part time at Old Navy would bring in more $$$$$.

Im2Sexy4MyVan said...

I love reading your blog. And I think it is always healthy to reevaluate what you spend your time doing - especially time away from your family. I find myself asking those same questions with every new endeavor I embrace. But you are good at this. I hope it is always here!

Laura said...

I'm glad you blog as well - cause I don't get to spend enough time with my mom friends and this allows me to check in and see that others are going through similar things. I keep waiting for Im2Sexy to blog cause I think she would be good at it too :)

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