“Why are you reading books with other cats in them?!”
We’re curating from our own blogs again this week on Link Love. This time, the theme is Five Blog Posts You Almost Didn’t Post. As always, Tammy and I would love for you to join in this series – just share your five posts on your blog, and then go to Tammy’s post and pop your link into the linky there.
I’m pretty non-hesitant on the crafty posts, so all my picks here come from the “thinky” side of my blog. I think it’s important to speak honestly about the realities of this whole “self-employed craft blogger” thing, but definitely, sometimes I’m worried about stepping over some invisible line of propriety. So here are five I hemmed and hawed over before hitting the Publish button.
I’m never comfortable sharing a business idea that hasn’t panned out, but I almost always screw up my courage and do it anyway. I just think it’s so important that we all see this online-business thing for what it really is: tricky, labor-intensive, and far from easy.
I think we can learn from each other’s missteps to evolve better and better ideas. In fact, I think I respect a blogger who shares her ups and downs honestly more than I do a blogger who paints a picture of constant success.
Ahem. Oops, sorry. I started ranting a little.
I wrote this out of my irritation at getting an umpteenth email press release from a craft company trying to tell me that the “hottest celebrity crafters” love their product. Fame and celebrity really stick in my craw sometimes, as artificial as they can be. I think we humans need celebrities, but it’s healthier if we create our own pantheons instead of listening to press-release speak.
(Crap, there’s that rant again! I’ll try to be better on the next one.)
Image by my dog sighs, via Flickr
I was really nervous about bringing up the subject of all the free content we bloggers put out there and whether we’re really getting value in return. But I’m glad I did – the comment discussion was very helpful. I still don’t have any easy answers to Free – and I haven’t seen anyone else arrive at them yet, either. But that doesn’t mean we can stop wrestling with the questions.
Image by johnrite, via Flickr
When I teach and publish ebooks, I talk with so many hopeful bloggers. The dream of creating a sustainable business from a blog is a lovely one, but I feel like it tends to obscure the thing that makes a blog compelling in the first place – genuine human expression.
I see so many new blogs stall against huge expectations of instant income, I just wanted to put in a plug for blogging for blogging’s sake.
(Okay, good. That’s two with no ranting!)
Image by Alx, via Flickr
This post was part of a series on monetizing a blog, and it’s related to what I said above – there’s just a lot of mythology out there about how easy it is to start up a blog and BOOM! Instant Money!
In reality, starting a blog is starting a blog. Starting a business is starting a business. Lighting strikes for a few people, and they stumble from one to the other. Everyone else has to do the work of identifying actual marketplace needs, honing their skills, and offering well-designed products and services.
It’s not sexy, but it’s real – and rewarding! Just in a much slower-acting way.
Share your own Link Love over at Tammy’s post!