Evolution Of A Blog :: From Source Of Revenue To Part Of Life

by derek on October 27, 2008 · 9 comments

Being given a freehand in guest-blogging on just about any topic is a dangerous move! But I will behave nonetheless.
I wanna thank Derek for this opportunity. I started blogging just over a year now (oh no I forgot it’s my own birthday!) when I thought to express my passion about parenting online, and seeing what sort of revenue I can gain from it. I had read enough cases or examples of folks making a living just typing up stuff talking about a particular topic they are passionate about.
I found Derek when I was researching other Dad related blogs. Yes he has one too. 🙂

Derek would know: I have had 3 iterations of themes already, mucked around with trying to fit in my favourite graphics banner (still using it) while trying to find the best theme that effectively incorporates ads while not being too obstructive.
What I have up there now is by no means the final product.
In fact it’s still in ongoing tweak, ‘cos I am nowhere near as knowledgeable as I ought to be for this venture; but I have been kinda bogged down juggling getting enough sleep, waking up at nights to feed the little man, new role at work (increased responsibilities thus little time for blogging at work!)
At this juncture I can only afford time to put up regular posts, and not so much on tweaking the whole site. I believe this to be the paramount requirement about having a blog, and also having a good (every) day – being regular.
I had wanted to include my sister-pediatrician as the medical expert with my parenting blog. But she being the busy person that she is (she also tracks stock movements, plays the forex game, paints in her spare time) hasn’t really been very helpful in providing content. She would probably only answer questions that I (or readers) have. And while I have opened up this to my readers, no one has really come back with any!
Which brings me to the topic of traffic. To date I have maybe 3 regular commenters on my blog; all of whom are mothers. I do have some lurkers, maybe they are just shy…
There are plenty of tips-type blogs around advocating that to increase readership, a blogger has to leave useful (or at least memorable) comments on popular blogs so that other readers may only possibly click over to your blog, and hopefully your blog is sticky enough for them to come back and become a regular reader as well. But as implied above, my time management that involves being in front of a computer, has not allowed for that luxury, yet.
I have however, met up with these mothers offline. One of them had a birthday party and we all brought our kids along for it. The subject matters at least got to meet each other, unbeknown to them they are the talk of our respective blogs!
But what started out as a venture into seeing how much revenue (if any) I can get from blogging, blogging about my kids and being a parent has become quite a permanent part of my life / weekly routine.
I have used it to record the milestones of my kids: The birth of my son / second child, share my fears and frustrations about them, Caitlin’s 3rd birthday party, starting preschool, inadvertently turned it into a family news site for relatives overseas to see what’s been happening with their niece and nephew, and lastly, (tried to) entertain some of my readers!
I have of course, also made some new and real friends too.
And so, in being a guest blogger here, I hope I have somewhat gained some new readers for my own blog, even if it is a one-time what’s this guy all about visit, with this very long comment in the form of a guest blog.
Thanks again Derek, for letting me waffle on your blog while you enjoy your time off!
PS:Daddee yah” were pretty much the first words uttered audibly by my first born / daughter Caitlin!

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Ling@Uptake October 27, 2008 at 9:36 am

Well, that is a ramble 🙂 Nice blog you have. And great kids.

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John @ Maryland Real Estate October 27, 2008 at 11:58 am

I have to agree with Ling, it is a little bit of a ramble.
Johns last blog post..Potomac Real Estate

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Nicole Price October 28, 2008 at 1:05 am

I suppose that it is a male thing, such long rambling posts! Any way, I found it quite interesting from a female looking at a male parent’s point of view.
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Steve@Free iPods October 28, 2008 at 2:37 am

Any parents out there know how to shift time and miss out teenage years? 🙂
Where’s Hiro when you need him!

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Health and Nature Blog October 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Very interesting story. Seriously get right to the point though, your a man not a female.

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Liza @ Discount Area Rugs October 28, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Yeah I agree with the rest of the comments here, a concise post would be better.

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kouji@haiku poems examples October 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm

hey, if you’re looking to bring in more readers, a guest post’s a pretty good place to start. 🙂 will be swinging by your blog now…
koujis last blog post..beer haiku poem

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Neil@PS3 November 28, 2008 at 1:35 am

I have started blogging and I started it as a source of income and can’t believe how much work is involved in writing a few stories each day.

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Sally@Babies and Parenting June 3, 2009 at 7:38 am

It’s nice to know when someone enjoys writing – I think that’s the main root of a successful blog…if the author is passionate and engaging it will wear off on the user and they will want to reply! There’s obviously many facets to getting the traffic in the first place, where the main problems lie!
Do you think you’ll look back on things in 5-10 years and cringe at your writing or be proud? Most of the stuff I write I reckon I’ll cringe at!
Sallys last blog post..Myleene Klass and gurgle.com

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