I might not know exactly what I’m doing here. I don’t claim to have all the answers. I’m not a self-proclaimed creativity guru or minimalist preacher, but honesty is important to me.
The concept of the blog is intriguing. It started out as a web log, an online version of a diary made public. Early blogs were not created to make money but rather to document life and share one’s journey. There was a sense of honesty involved.
Soon after the blog format was created, some realized they could monetize the format. Blogs became a trend and had specific rules. The goal was to choose a niche and post regularly about that topic, (even if you didn’t really know jack shit about it). The blogger became the guru.
The blogger then found ways to create marketable content and watched the money roll in. Except it was never really that simple. Only about 10% of all bloggers have made a dime.
I got into the world of blogging around 2012. It was toward the end of the era of honesty in blogging. By the time I tried my hand at blogging it had become all about making money. I don’t have a problem with making money but something started to feel disingenuous about the whole thing.
Blogging has become somewhat passé now. There are bloggers who are still cashing in, not as many startups as there used to be. It feels a little like a lost art. Podcasting, vlogging, and other formats have overridden the pure written format.
I don’t like to call myself a blogger anymore. The term almost feels dirty, like my sole reason for doing what I do would be to make money at the expense of having less honesty. Yuk.
So for now, this is just my website, my web log, and a place where I can share and sell some of my creative works. – dse
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