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A few months ago I decided to upgrade to a paid WordPress account. I decided that it was worth it to have more options in the look and feel of something I intended to spend more time on. I opted for this instead of a self hosted option because I didn’t have the skills nor the time to deal with that. When I upgraded I turned on Word Ads in the hope of making back some of the money I paid. So far, I have made a grand total of 65 cents. This past week was one that made me wish once again to have a job where I didn’t have to ever talk to another human. This made me start thinking again that it would be nice to make some money from the blog. I even signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate(you can find a link to buy stuff on my About page and probably a link at the bottom of this post to buy the book I am currently reading) I realized as soon as I signed up that it was a waste of time, but I did it anyway. There are various reasons why I will never make a profit here. Here’s a short list:
1. I’m Not Any Good: I enjoy writing my dumb little blog posts, but I know I’m really not that great at writing. I could probably be a little better if I sent more time on the posts, but I generally write when I have limited time before I have to go to work. Even if I had the time, I probably wouldn’t take the time because of reason 2
2. I’m a Lazy Writer: I like to post and go. I don’t have the patience to go back and re-read the posts to make sure they sound OK. I will do a spell check and try to catch typing mistakes, but it is always just a quick scan and I usually miss something. Sometimes I even forget to make sure I’ve added a title. Lazy writing is not good writing.
3. I Have No Audience: My typical post gets about 50 views. I feel like I’ve had a good month if I hit 300 view for the month. Other people get that many comments or likes on their posts. A lot of this stems from the first two points. My audience is low because of the quality of the posts. It also stems from the hodge podge nature of my posts. I don’t have a focus, so I don’t draw in an audience.
4. I’m Bad at Networking: I know that I could draw more people in if I sent more time reading and commenting on other blogs, but I’m also too lazy to do that. Lazy, but also not inclined. I don’t want to become the person who does that just to build an audience. I will only read and comment if I like the blog and have something to say. I’m also not inclined to market myself. I post a couple of times on Facebook and Twitter and even then I feel like I’m being annoying.
5. I Won’t Push It: I will share my new blog post a couple of times, but not more. I don’t want to be the guy who’s entire social media is an advertisement for his blog. I also will never again mention the Amazon thing for the same reason. I’m blogging because I like to blog and don’t want to make it all about trying to make money.
So, the point of this post is to basically say that I will continue to do what I’ve been doing. It would be nice to make back the money I’ve spent on the upgrade, but I’m not going to let a desire to make money change what I’m doing. I know I will never have one of those blogs read by thousands so I should stop thinking about it.
Currently reading: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
Yesterday, I decided I was going to stop thinking about upgrading this blog and just upgrade to the premium version of wordpress.com. I know there are a lot of articles out there that say there are better options, but the one thing they said was good about what I did is that it is easy and doesn’t require much from the user. That was what I was looking for because I have no idea how to do most of the stuff that would come with migrating and this means I can just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Of course, now I feel pressured to post more. If I’m paying for it, I need to make it worthwhile. So be prepared to see more rambling posts for now.
As I type, it is pouring down rain again. It seems these days we either have drought or we have flood conditions. I really miss the days of a light, steady rain that gives the lawns and gardens the water they need. We really don’t need 3-6″ of rain every time it rains followed by weeks of drought. I also don’t like the days of cloudy, rainy weather because it does affect my mood and no one wants me crankier than I already am.
I have been posting about TV recently and have said a little bit about some of the new shows I have tried. Below is a list of what I’e watched and what I think:
Kevin Can Wait – typical laugh track heavy sitcom. Not horrible, but the laugh track is too much. Not bad as a time killer if nothing else is on.
Speechless – a really good, laugh track free comedy. We laugh a lot while watching this one.
Designated Survivor – I really like this one. A mix of mystery, political drama and family drama. Well done show.
Lethal Weapon – A lot better than I expected. Very funny and good action scenes.
Pitch – Also very good, but my wife thinks the premise will get old fast
Macgyver – mediocre at best. could improve, but not a good start.
This is Us – I watched because I was curious about the twist. It was very good, but I’m not sure it is a show for me.
The Good Place – another one that is pretty funny, but another with a premise that may not be sustainable.
I will be trying Timeless, Conviction and Frequency once they air and will report here.
Today is one of those rare days when I actually feel bad enough to stay home from work. This only happens once or twice a year. It’s hard for me to call in sick. There’s always a part of me that thinks I should just suck it up and go to work. I feel guilty about someone working extra desk shifts because I’m not there. I think about the stuff I was supposed to do and feel guilty about not doing it. I know it’s better for me and my coworkers for me to stay home, but I still feel like a slacker. Of course, being at home isn’t easier. I feel like I should do something productive instead of resting like I should. It will be hard for me to rest instead of cleaning bathrooms or doing laundry. I don’t know why I feel lazy when I know I need the rest. I blame the Obama administration. Thanks, Obama.
I watched the debate last night. Maybe that’s what made me sick. I feel like there was a clear winner, but it seems the thought on that depends on who you supported going in. Trump people say Trump won(he didn’t). Clinton people say Clinton won(she did). I don’t think the debate changed anyone’s mind. I’m not sure the undecided voters will be swayed by the debate. If you are undecided at this point there is probably one candidate for which you refuse to vote. If you are an undecided Republican I assume you can’t stomach voting for Clinton, but can’t decide if you can bring yourself to vote for Trump. You will either not vote, vote Johnson or vote Trump. If you are an undecided Democrat I assume you can’t stomach voting for Trump, but can’t decide if you can bring yourself to vote for Clinton. You will either not vote, vote Stein, write in Bernie or vote Clinton. I’m note sure the debate changed any of that.
I’ve been considering the possibility of paying to upgrade my blog. I would like to make it look better and have the option of making money off of it if I can grow my readership. I told my wife this and her response was “You have a blog?”I just looked and confirmed O started this blog in 2008. I did just start writing more regularly recently, but 8 years and you never noticed? Anyway, I made the mistake of reading articles about the pros and cons of a wordpress.com premium account and just confused myself. I really just want to write my blog, make it look professional and have the possibility of monetizing it. I think the wordpress.com one is good for that, but articles point you toward wordpress.org, but that seems much more involved than what I want. Maybe I should just ramble free for a while longer.