I’ve blogged for almost 3 and half years now. I had another blog before this one and that’s how I met my husband.
Blogging has always been a way to document my life–a sort of personal diary online where people can read and relate. Most comments have been empathetic, some have been harsh, but I’ve never lied about anything.
I don’t know what it is about blogging that I enjoy so much, but I do love all the aspects of it. I enjoy sharing my life and I enjoy reading about other people’s lives.
More importantly, I’ve built friendships online, from the people I have met in real life to the ones I have yet to meet.
With this blog, I’ve documented our journey to pay off debt and our daily lives as well.
Somewhere along the way, I got lucky and started making money from my blog with advertisements. It began in October, and the side hustle has continued. It’s allowed me to save a good chunk of money which I hope to spend on a honeymoon at some point–whenever we can figure out Eric’s work schedule or have him not be injured (more on that later).
The money from advertising has been a huge help. There’s no way that we would have been able to save for a vacation had the side hustle not started.
Last month, however, something happened. In a nut shell, blogs were targeted by Google because of the advertising and Google stripped blogs of their PR value–which advertisers use to determine how much advertising on a blog is worth.
Essentially, what this means, is a lot of people who were dependent on a certain kind of advertising to make money from their blogs will no longer be raking in the same kind of dough.
Now, my first reaction was utter disappointment at losing my primary source of advertising. And after a few minutes, another feeling started to sink in–relief.
Relief at the idea that my blog could return to being just my fun hobby rather than something I feel I need to keep up with.
There were days that I would make myself write because I had to have a post on Mondays. Then it was all about SEO writing, and making sure I was writing for the search engines, rather than the readers, or better yet–myself.
Then there were the critics–the ones who felt I wasn’t spending my money wisely and thought I was an idiot for thinking I could spend money on a honeymoon when I still have $22,000 in student loans.
Frankly–it became exhausting.
I work full-time, I am training for a half-marathon, I am taking Pure Barre classes almost every day, I am managing our household, trying to decorate a new place, walking our dog, and now taking care of a practically bed-ridden husband.
Is it okay to blog just for the fun of it? Because I actually like writing and because I enjoy reading others’ comments and hearing suggestions?
Is it okay that I won’t be making hundreds anymore and that I can feel free to write about everything and anything without sticking to a certain topic just because I sometimes write about personal finance?
I mean, gosh darn it, it is my blog after all 🙂
Do you blog for fun?