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In the past few weeks I have stumbled upon a few articles that seemed to contemplate the same topic but from different angles. Fabulously Broke contemplated the question Is Blogging A Waste of Time? Her blog post led me to discover Single Mom Rich Mom blog post Is Blogging A Waste of Time (And Possibly Money)?
Both of them nailed it! A blog without a goal does not have a future nor does it make sense.
Since I was on a self-assessment path this week, I immediately started an inner exploration process.
Why do I blog? Do I have a purpose for My Broken Coin?
Blogging to me equates to writing (obviously) which in turn equates to self-expression and, most importantly, self-exploration.
I’ve been blogging on and off for about a year or so. It took me even longer to find my own writing voice. It is so true that you have to write and write a lot to, finally, sharpen your pen (my words, feel free to quote.) Bloggers are writers who should be able to entertain, educate and tell a story in 500-800 words. Don’t fool yourself thinking that anyone can sit down and write a blog post. If you think so, try it and see for yourself.
I don’t view blogging as a money making machine. Not all bloggers are meant to make a living out of their blogs. If I make something out of My Broken Coin, I will be happy. If I don’t make anything, I won’t dwell on it because looking at blogging as a part-time business scares me. Just the word “business” puts a lot of pressure on me.
Under pressure creativity dies. Ideas disappear. Enjoyment runs out. I already have a full time job with a lot of pressure, responsibilities and challenges. There is no way I can do blogging as a “business” after a ten-twelve hour work day.
So, what does blogging mean to me?
It is a hobby. It is my creative outlet where I exercise in writing and self-exploration. Blogging as a hobby can be very enjoyable and fulfilling. It is very interactive. It is not just me talking to … myself. It is me talking to you, and striking up a conversation.
Do I have a goal for My Broken Coin?
Let’s put it this way: I have a goal for myself. I want to break my spending habits and curb my shopping addiction. My Broken Coin reflects all of that.
I am not going to obsess with blog statistics.
I have done it before, and it was not healthy neither for me nor for my blog. You will not see any posts reporting any numbers unless something unexpected happens that is worth sharing.