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From Halloween to Hmmm?
In my last post I revealed that my blog Tossing It Out started out as a Halloween blog. If anyone is interested in reading more about the history of this blog you can read my three part post from last year that can be found here, here, and here. The short story version is that I started a blog to make money from AdSense because I kept hearing how you could make big money blogging.
I never got the AdSense approval in the time frame I had expected and I began to not particularly care. From what I was starting to hear from other bloggers AdSense income was minimal in most cases. And I had begun to focus on writing.
Shortly into my blogging career I realized that I did not want to always write Halloween related topics throughout the year. Besides, my blog title Tossing It Out did not seem especially related to Halloween. I began writing a variety of essays. A mutual attraction developed between me and other writing related blogs. I began thinking of my site as a writing blog.
But is Tossing It Out a writing blog? I don't think of my site as a niche blog because I write about many topics. Some days this is a book blog, other days it's a travel blog, often it's an entertainment blog, and it has at times even been a religious and a political blog. Much of the time I just toss out ideas to see what readers catch onto and toss back to me. Maybe a good term for my blog is a potpourri blog.
Many blog experts seem to think that the truly successful blog needs to have focus--it must specialize in something specific. I have a difficult time sticking with one topic and I don't consider myself such an expert in any one thing that I could--or would want to--write about it all of the time. I think that I am establishing a platform as a writer and not an expert in a specific field.
I somewhat suspect that I am closer to where I want to be as a blogger. But is it where I need to be? And is it how you the reader perceive me to be? Is Tossing It Out a writer's blog? I don't mean a blog that is necessarily about writing, although I do talk about writing sometimes. What I mean is that this blog is a place where writing occurs, not so much for the sake of imparting any specialized information, but for the act (or would I be pretentious to say art?) of writing, be it for the sake of entertainment or satisfying some unspecified curiosity in my audience.
Forgive my ramblings, but I'm thinking out loud. Perhaps this is sounding like an early entry to Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group which occurs on the first Wednesday of every month (click here to join). But I don't think I'm alone in this. I think many of us wonder, "Why do I blog?".
And that's where I am today: Tossing It Out--formerly the Halloween Blog turned eclectic potpourri blog and occasional "Home of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Blog"--now thinks of itself as a writer's blog with an identity crisis. Tossing It Out--the shape shifting blog, the cyber-wormhole between one blog and the next blog.
What's more, Tossing It Out is now a monetized blog. Nearly two years after I applied for AdSense my blog became accepted. Ads appeared on my blog page. In my Labor Day post when I asked if anyone noticed any of the changes that had occurred on my blog, a few of you mentioned the ads. Other big changes have occurred on the page and more changes in my blogging activities are still to come. I will be discussing these and looking for some of your feedback in the weeks to come.
On Wednesday (9/28) I will have a guest post by my friend Larry Cavanaugh of the blogs DiscConnected and Back in the USSR. His post will be "The Ghost Writer". I hope you will join us then.
Why do you blog? What kind of blog do you think Tossing It Out is? What kind of blog do you think yours is? Has your blog changed much from when you first started it and if so, how? Do you have advertising on your blog? Do you or do you know anyone who makes a living off of their blog advertising?