There are so many blogs out there. People have limited time to read. Only so many are going to actually become popular with regular readers. Competition, don’t you know. Which, of course, being a libertarian, I’m all in favor of competition.
Some people make money from their blog. Obviously, you need to have readers in order to make money. Advertisers are willing to pay you if your blog is getting a large number of views. I have a friend that regularly makes money on her blog, but she blogs about all things centered around children. She doesn’t blog about ideas that appeal to only a small niche. Libertarianism is a small niche.
I didn’t start my blog with the idea I was going to make money. I started it because I like to write. Previously, I had been getting my writing fix in by debating people on-line. After a number of years, I realized that on-line debating was not compatible with the life I want to and need to lead right now. I debated in what I will call hostile territory. If you were not able to stick around for the debate as it unfolded, the tide would turn against you with so many people chiming in against you with ridiculous posts, that it was very hard to come back to it and address all that had been leveled at you. Because of this, I liked to debate when I had some time to stick around and argue as points were presented. I liked it so much, I often found myself spending way too much time on it, and other things that I needed to do suffered as a result. Earlier this year, I decided I needed to take a break because of my tendency to get sucked into debates and procrastinate on the responsibilities that needed my attention.
After I ceased on-line debate, I spent a little time blogging for my friend who makes money on her blog. While she paid me, it just wasn’t as fun or fulfilling as writing about things I personally care about. And I do care about liberty, very much. I decided to spend my time learning more about the cause, with the aid of my new smart phone. I began listening to Tom Woods podcasts, and he kept urging people to start a blog and then promised free publicity. I bit.
I realized from the beginning that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get a big enough following to gain advertisers. I also realized it was going to be difficult for me to gain any regular followers. I’m a little guarded in real life about saying stuff with which people disagree, so I am not about to run to all my in real life statist friends and tell them to come check out my blog. Therefore, I am self limiting my audience. I’m cool with that for now. My liked minded internet friends? I doubt they are going to regularly read me either, because it is much more interesting to follow a good debate than it is to read someone writing personal thoughts.
I am used to feedback, from all my on-line debating days. It is taking some getting used to writing without feedback. I had a few comments, and I am way too appreciative of those. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
So. Here I am. I get that I probably am not going to have dedicated followers. That is OK. I was aware that was most likely going to be the case, though I would be incredibly happy if people did follow me. At the risk of exposing myself as a complete dork, my motto toward blogging comes from this line from Rush’s song Anthem:
Yet it was for me not you
I came to write this song
Basically, I’m writing this blog for my own benefit. It is a place to let out all the libertarian thoughts that roll around in my head. It is a place to let loose comments that my in real life friends will just not get. It is a place to practice arguments and lines of thoughts for some day in the future. Some day in the future I hope to either have more time on my hands, or more self discipline so that I may resume on-line debate.