Tuesday, May 17, 2016

No Pay, But Lots of Love From 5 Years Of Blogging

May 13 marked my five-year anniversary of blogging.  In that span I’ve posted more than 1900 times, adding approximately the equivalent of 19 200-page books to the information universe.  Every word means something to me and I’m happy to reflect upon my experiment with a feeling of success.

My initial goal with the blog was three-fold:

·         Help brand me in the book publishing world.
·         Give voice to original ideas and passionate insights.
·         Influence others positively about books.

I have found that I rarely mail it in.  I wouldn’t want a blog that’s more of the same, mediocre, or merely reflective of things rather than initiating a debate. Kill me when you can’t tell the difference between my blog and that of others.

I don’t make any money directly from my blog.  I don’t sell advertising or books.  I don’t get paid to blog on a topic. My employer doesn’t compensate me for the time and effort that’s taken to write, edit, and distribute the blog.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  It’s a wonderful forum for releasing, exchanging and growing ideas.  It helps authors, publishers and those in the book industry to mature as writers, promoters, and even readers.  I love blogging and thank you for reading and sharing my blog with others.

Authors might love or hate blogging. They may love or hate the social media push needed to get the blog out there. But I do know authors love to write and they do appreciate it when a professional gives them free advice, guidance, and motivation.  Book Marketing Buzz Blog has helped thousands of unique readers and that is a reward unto itself.

Writers are teachers – and builders, philosophers, and visionaries.  Whether we write books, blogs, magazine articles or a newsletter, we strive to impact the world around us.  Blogging provides a wonderful, convenient, and timely opportunity for millions of writers to unload their wisdom, concerns, desires, ideas, questions, and experiences.

I write the way people read – anywhere all the time for short or long bursts of time.  I’m writing on the train, in the middle of a conference, while waiting on a line, and even while I’m eating.  Readers consume this blog the same way.  My hope is that my string of hundreds of thousands of words will add up to a body of work that informs, enlightens, inspires, and even entertains.

Writing is an art form done out of love, out of passion, and out of our upbringing, environment, and DNA.  This blog is as much for you as it is for me.  I blog, therefore I am.  Do you blog?  It’s worth the investment even if the payoff rarely comes in the form of money.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2016

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