This year has been a difficult one. Between my health and the switch to working night shifts, I have not really felt like me. I'm so sleepy and tired so much of the time, that sitting down and blogging actually felt much like a chore. Don't get me wrong, I love writing, I love blogging, I've actually had a blog in one form or another since long before it was cool! I was going to link to them here, but they're so sad looking that I'm a little embarrassed. I definitely have some views I feel the need to express, and I enjoy spreading my knowledge, because I am constantly learning, about pretty much anything.
Now, Blogging can be whatever you make it. It can be super easy, where you have few graphics, and you basically just write what you know or feel. This model works for many, and is often a great start when you're researching something, because these blogs are usually written by someone who knows what they're talking (or writing) about.
I probably fall into the mid range of bloggers. I have some graphics, and although I do write about things I know, things that affect me, and my personal reviews of stuff, I also post about things I had to research before putting pen to paper, so to speak. Some of my posts, such as this post on little known superfoods, this one about beautiful haunted places, and this one about the many uses for coffee took a lot of research and time to put together. Some of the posts on my blog took over a week of researching the topic and finding just the right graphics to accompany the topic.
The third is the pro blogger. Their blogs are gorgeous to look at, highly niched (did I just make up a word?), with all the graphics made in house (much more skilled than I am). They have email lists, ebooks available, and videos. They often have guest bloggers and contests, thousands of hits a week, and 2/3 of the page is covered in ads, not including the new generation of 'popups' which are not blocked by traditional software. Blogging is their life... truthfully, I wish I was this third kind. Had I stuck with it consistently since the beginning, I would probably be in this last category. Alas, since I am like the little doggie in the movie Up!, (squirrel!), I am here and there. I will spend some time writing, then stuff happens, and then I don't write for a while, and then I come back. Sometimes, I do things and regret it later, such as spitting this blog into three - which I will be switching back slowly and adding the posts I removed back. It's a pain in the butt, but I really want them all back here.
Truthfully, I have been looking into monetizing this blog for a few reasons. The main one, really is that I would like to have my own domain without the .weebly at the end of sonjarants. As it stands, I really don't have the extra coin in my bank account for another monthly cost. As it is, I had to cancel all of my subscription boxes (wah!! I LOVE my subscription boxes), so any extra cost is not feasible at this time. If I can get a few bucks from blogging, I can put it back into the blog.
Anyhow, I guess I'm into one of my blogging phases again, because I really want to get back into it. I have quite a few ideas floating around in my head, health posts dealing primarily with a few things I've been dealing with over the last year and have become quite knowledgeable about, life issues, and sadly I have been watching CNN, so... Trump opinions (hint: I have an extremely low opinion). I feel that once I actually post about #45 that I may finally get some comments on my blog, although not the kind I'd like.
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