Not every blogger blogs for money.
Sure, we’re running some passive ads in this site, but our only goal is to help defray the cost of webhosting. It remains, at best, an experiment. We want to find out if we can derive some amount from ads so that we can have the site “self-maintaining.” If we can achieve that, then we’re happy. If not, well, it’s not like we can’t pay for it ourselves, you know? We’ve been paying for our own webhosting for several years now – way before Google AdSense came into the picture. And with the rate we’re going, we’re likely to pay for most of it in the years to come.
But as for blogging as a means on which our livelihood depends? Not in this lifetime. Perhaps not ever.
And unfortunately, not in every blogger’s lifetime. Making a living out of blogs is possible, yes, but I believe only for the chosen few. And more often than not, they’re the ones who are already way ahead of the pack. They were the first ones who jumped on board. The rest are just followers of their trails.
It’s inspiring indeed that people like Yuga and J. Angelo Racoma can turn their passions for blogging into more than sufficient means to earn a living. And definitely that’s great news indeed, for millions of aspiring Filipinos out there. They will serve as living inspiration for all bloggers, young and old.
I watched in disappointment the very short segment in the Mel & Joey feature on Filipino bloggers/blogging. It was all hyped up, as if blogging were this salvation that everyone is waiting for. It’s as if anyone with access to the internet can just put up a site and then simply wait for the bucks to pour in. It’s not that simple. If it were, then all bloggers would be filthy rich by now.
Fortunately, many bloggers who commented at Yuga’s post echoed exactly the more realistic view: blogging is for everyone, but earning money from blogs is not. It’s definitely no get-rich-easy scheme.
I understand that the emphasis on making money from blogs is one of the ways to make a lasting impression on the audience. Personally I would be happy to make $5K a month – who wouldn’t? But it is not balanced. There are many reasons for blogging, and money is not always one of those reasons.
Watch the segment here and make your own conclusions:
Got the YouTube video from the following link: http://www.macuha.com/2007/08/tv-shows/blogging-on-mel-and-joey/