This new blog site is a rebirth of sorts. I’m using the term “blog site” instead of “blog” because of how much the singular word was abused in the past. Perhaps I’ll explain things better in a future post. As I mention on my “About Me” page, I’ve avoided using blog formats for several years. Since 2013, in fact.
It’s not difficult to make money while blogging. That is, if that’s what you want to do. I checked my Google AdSense account in 2016 and I saw I had made over $34,000 since the day my account was approved. I can’t recall exactly when that was, but I know it was before I moved to the Philippines in 2006. The most money I made in a month happened in 2011 while I was living here. It was more than $1000 a month for at least three months.
I tried other advertising services along the way, but none of them paid what Google paid and I ended up dropping everything else. Even with Google, my revenue started dropping after 2011. There were several factors at play, mostly the rise of social media and microblogging. I’m sure ad blocking services had a lot to do with it as well. It’s a good thing I’ve never had to rely solely on advertising revenue for anything.
I still make money online but it’s not very much anymore. Calculating how much I actually spend, I’m okay as long as I make $75 or more every year. That takes care of the domain name and web hosting costs. I can’t say how much I make every month because it fluctuates a lot. If I mention a number, it’ll probably be wrong.
When you write for others, whether it’s a blogging platform or not, you can make a decent income. I’ve turned down many offers to do exactly that. I retired from work in 2006 and I’ve never had any intention of maintaining a regular work schedule ever again. If you’re a fast typist and good at grammar, blogging for someone else may be right up your alley. Just because I won’t do it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
Writing for a blog isn’t journalism. You don’t need a degree. The blogging platform doesn’t even require expertise in grammar (but it helps). Professional writing requires more, but how many bloggers practice professional writing? In my experience, there has always been more people who aren’t professionals.
No one says you have to make money blogging. I’ve known many people over the years who’ve avoided the money aspect completely. Blogging can be fun if you have a healthy community following your blog. The comments alone can be worth their weight in gold.
With my first (now defunct) blog, I didn’t consider any advertising options until it was nearly two years old. Even then, it took me a considerable amount of time to get over the guilt of doing so. Months, in fact. I even turned off advertising a couple of times later on, which lasted at least a month each time. Guilt isn’t an issue anymore since people can block ads completely if they so desire.
This blog site is an attempt at making it all fun again. Let’s see what happens.