I’m Not Really Trying

Honesty-475x475I can’t tell you how many emails I get in the span of a week asking me to apply to some blog-sponsored site or offering to increase my readership by joining some kind of group. It’s a bit overwhelming at times and yes, I have absolutely had sponsored posts here on my blog.

But here’s the thing: I’m not really trying.

Sure, I write from time to time when I’ve got something on my mind (like now), but I never got into blogging as a way to start my own business. I didn’t start writing to get a million readers every day flock to my website. I certainly didn’t begin writing thinking it would be a way to make money.

I began writing as a form of  self-therapy. I wanted to try to write my way out of a funk that I was going through and I ended up not only pulling myself out of it, but becoming a pretty decent guy who has changed over the years in a very positive way. Some people relate to my stories and other people simply enjoy my stories. Either way, I continue to write only when I feel like it…not as a way to increase readership.

Yet here I get another request to be a “brand ambassador” as if I’m desperate for readership. Y’know, I actually feel bad for people who feel like they need numbers in order to justify the existence of the blog itself or, better yet, as a way to quantify the blog’s success.

For me, I’m a better person today than I was five years ago. I’ve made real connections and some real friends thanks to this blog. I continue to write because I want to, not because I have to.

THAT, my friends, is enough success for me.

Now all I need to do is find a way to stop those incessant email requests from filling my inbox…


One thought on “I’m Not Really Trying

  1. Quote them a price high enough to make it worth your while with terms that make their post acceptable to your blog and odds are you will never hear from them again…but if you do then the payday actually does make it worth posting whatever it was they wanted posted even if it is a bit of an awkward blog.

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