I missed you guys, and appreciate the Facebook comments saying you missed coming to the site. While the break certainly didn’t hurt me, given the sorrow and disruption surrounding recent events, it made me feel disconnected.
Even though I don’t post daily I’ve come to rely on the chance to put my thoughts out into the blogosphere – and to listen to feedback from readers.
For me the point of having a personal blog isn’t to make money. It’s to start conversations.
Relatively few people make big bucks from their sites, or even moderate money. Many of those who do are pulling in the dollars through affiliate links, sponsored posts and the like. I’m not totally averse to affiliate marketing; for example, I’m a big proponent of the Swagbucks rewards program and I do have an Amazon widget on the site.
But I’m not a deal/shopping blogger, so I don’t put up multiple daily articles crammed with affiliate links. I do all my own writing so I can’t earn hundreds for running sponsored posts. And no one ever uses the Amazon widget anyway. So if I’d started the site with the idea of bringing in a sizeable side income, I’d have quit long ago.
For me it’s about the give-and-take. While I’ll admit to needing a platform for my views, shouting into the ether produces only an unpleasantly hollow noise. Other people’s thoughts in return are what make this worthwhile. So thanks for missing me. It’s nice to be needed and it’s nice to be read.