Blogging 201, Day Thirteen
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Blogging is always a labor of love, where rewards take the form of engaged readers, substantive comments, new friends, and a better understanding of yourself as a writer. It’s also a time-consuming activity, though — and time often is money (directly or indirectly).
Should you invest money in promoting your blog? Should you try to monetize your carefully crafted content?
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My answer is definitely NO.
I blog for pleasure and readers get to read my story and my random thoughts free so why should I pay for someone to read my blog? In the internet age, lots of information can be sourced from the world wide web for free. My belief is if I am not selling something for monetary gain, then I do not see the need to invest money in promoting my blog.
I spend a lot of time on my blog and time is priceless and my stories are precious. I get a sense of satisfaction whenever I clicked ‘publish’ and of course I cannot deny that I hope to see the little bar graph go up and up and hence I feel appreciated when I see ‘likes’ and ‘comments’. It can often be discouraging when a post that you put time and effort in doesn’t bring that little bar graph up but I always tell myself I blog for pleasure not pressure.
At the end of the day, I am still determined that I share my story freely and readers come in freely to my blog and they either like what you see, read on, like it and comment (that’s when the interaction begins) or leave my page. I would have liked everyone who stumbled upon my blog to stay on and build the connection but not everybody has the same interest. No matter what I will not pay for traffic.
What are you views? Should you pay for traffic?