I’ve seen a lot of bloggers posting about their blogging income and social stats, and it’s always interesting having a nosey into how other people are doing. I figure it’s not fair to get all up in everyone else’s bloggy business without letting them get up in mine, so here it is.
Twitter: Far more than I should have, considering I put exactly zero into growing my Twitter following. I suspect they’re mostly bots.
Facebook: A few friends and family members, plus a handful of bloggers who followed me because they wanted me to follow them. You’re killing me, FB.
Instagram: Somehow almost as many followers as I have on Facebook, despite posting only sporadically, forgetting to use hashtags and almost never engaging with anyone else.
YouTube: Also no. Yes, I know that videos get good engagement. Yes, I know that by 2019, 80% of the world’s internet traffic will be video. But I find it very hard to believe that anyone wants to listen to me say anything in my weird accent. I sound like an American who swallowed an Irish person, despite having never lived in Ireland. It makes no sense.
July: Fuck all.
June: Fuck all.
May: Fuck all.
Okay, so I’ve earned exactly nothing from my blog since the day I started it over two years ago – and lately I’m starting to wonder whether I’m missing a trick.
This whole not-earning thing has been a conscious decision. It’s not like PRs are tripping over themselves to work with me, but I do occasionally get offers. I tend to just ignore them, because I’ve always felt like this blog is MY space. I can shout about the things that I care about, poke fun at toddlerhood and swear freely. I’m afraid if I start publishing content because people are paying me to – not because I want to – it will become a little less mine. I like my freedom.
But here’s the thing…I also like money.
I’m not going to pretend I couldn’t use some extra cash. With nursery fees eating up the majority of my paycheck, there’s not a lot of spare change to go around these days. There’s a little part of me (the part that’s familiar with my bank balance) that says, “Come on. All you have to do is whack up a few sponsored posts, promote them to your tens of Facebook followers, and you could earn a couple hundred quid.” And that part of me has a fair point.
But I’m still not sure if it’s worth it.
I have nothing but respect for bloggers who throw themselves into their blogs, build them up and earn a living from them, but that turns blogging into WORK. I don’t want it to feel like work. My digital marketing job is my work. Blogging is my play. It’s a weird kind of play – one that sometimes involves very un-fun things like broken links reports and Hootsuite scheduling – but it’s the right kind of play for me, a writer without the patience or attention span to tackle a book.
Are there any other bloggers out there who aren’t earning from their blogs and have no plans to? For those who are earning an income from blogging, how do you keep it fun?