I blog. Therefore, I am. I am a blogger. The mere existence of this blog proves that. It’s an enjoyable thing to do, yes. I started blogging as a means of expressing myself. Now, I still do. I write about a variety of things, mostly topics that fancy me.
I rave about the recent game or movie I played or watched with my loved one, I tell a story about a weird or a new experience. I narrate activities I enjoyed with my family. And I rant and complain about unfavorable things, noisy roommates and irate jeepney commuters. And here’s where I pour out my emotions and sentiments. Blogging has become a major stress reliever for me. To put things straight, blogging is my hobby.
Just like any other regular hobbies like watching movies, watching television or reading books, I purchase a “ticket”, a “book” or a “cable subscription” in order to gain access to my hobby. I pay for my internet connection (of course!), my web hosting space and my domain name. Though a lot of online services offer free web hosting, managing everything on my own adds to my sense of self-fulfillment.
It’s also not a secret that lately, I’ve been getting something out of blogging and owning this site. Whether such earning was through blogging alone OR just from having a 5-year old site/domain is not clear.
If assuming that blogging comes along with keeping this site, yes, blogging indeed gave me an opportunity to earn. And it doesn’t matter if the amount is just a little more than what I pay for maintaining this hobby. It’s safe to say that blogging has become my very irregular income-generating part-time work. Besides, again, it’s not the monetary reward that fulfills me but the thought that doing this hobby can actually become profitable.
The word “profitable” is very attractive, let’s admit it. Specially when we’re talking about part-time and home-based works, or hobbies-that-work. Naturally, some non-bloggers would get curious at the idea and would eventually want to delve into the business (pro-blogging, that is). They would ask you how you’ve done this or that. I’m sure it happened a lot to Yuga (yugatech) and the other high-profile Filipino pro-bloggers out there. What the non-bloggers probably don’t know is that not everyone has the same “formula” on how they were able to get businesses into their blogs.
If a non-blogger friend asks you this? What would you do to enlighten him/her?
With the tools available for us these days, I believe it’s so much easier to jump into the blogging wagon without going through what most of the “old” bloggers did. Or perhaps what I’ve gone through. To those who aspire to blog, your paths have been cleared. But for now, there isn’t a straightforward way to guide your success to the end of the road (well, just think about life in general). It would still have to depend on your attitude, will and definitely passion to pursue the goal.