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More the content of the author.
It's been a long while, friends. Have to kind of wonder how many are still lurking around here, checking my posts.
2010 has started off with a list of trials and tribulations. And much as I want to utilize this blog to share them with you, I've already BlackBerry messaged my thumbs off about them and they're past. Suffice to say, things opened up like a very old, very bad country song. And they're only slowly getting better.
I told MarvMan we needed to eat pork and sauerkraut New Year's Day to ensure a good new year. But does he listen? Noooooo. Something about sauerkraut smelling nasty. Whatev. You ruined our year. Jerkface. *
(* I don't really mean that. Mostly.)
So why the time off? I'm sure if you follow me on Twitter (you do still do that, don't you?) you'll notice that awhile back, I said I was going off to sleep and haven't been back since.
One long hibernation period.
I went through a period where I seriously considered monetizing this blog. The economy being the way it is, it seemed like a good way to go. I spent so much time on the computer between various freelancing jobs and the blog, why not actually make some money? (They don't call it freelancing for nothing.) To be honest, I'd considered it before, even signed up for some of those post our pitch or whatever websites. But this time, if I was going to do it, I was going to be serious about it and go in headlong.
But you wanna know something? The thought of that made me dread coming to blog. I enjoy blogging. I enjoy sharing with my readers and whoever else may stumble upon my little corner of the web. It's therapeutic for me and makes me laugh at the things that would otherwise have me crying in a corner slamming my head against a wall and begging for my mommy.
And for as much as I would love to make money off it, I want it to be because people like the way I write and what I write about. Not because I did them a favor.
If I write a blog about something I love, I want it to be because I went out on my own and tried it. Not because I was asked to. I want you to know that it was worth it enough that I spent my own money on that. And I'm blessed enough to be in a position to where I can do it. Thus far, that's what I've done. If I love something enough, you know about it.
And none of this is anything against the mamas that do post for products or cash or whatever. More power to them for doing that. I, personally, can't do that to my blog. I've been struggling for over a year now to find my voice and find my comfortable spot in blogging. To try to uproot that - when it's still very much a work in progress - and turn my blog into advertisements and paid/sponsored posts would go against the grain of what I've been working toward.
You know, whatever that may be.
So. You'll be seeing me more often again. And I'm going to focus more often on commenting on those who are still subscribed. I want to know what you're thinking, and I want to participate more in the community aspect that makes blogging so awesome.
But it's still just gonna be me. Bear with us, folks, cause we're experiencing some turbulence. ;)