I 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…