It is risky business for a freelancer to start a blog.
The reason is that anything a freelancer spends time on that is unpaid basically takes money out of their pocket. This means that the blog is basically a charitable activity that lacks the benefit of a tax write off. For me, a total ADHD type, it is extra dangerous to blog because I get distracted from my other work and just want to do what is fun for me.
Blogging is writer crack.
It is instant gratification.
In the journalism world a writer is clueless as to the number of actual readers they have for any particular story. Work just goes out into the Universe and you sort of never hear about it again unless you win some award for it or better yet, someone meets you and remarks of a story you wrote (or even better, you overhear total strangers talking about something you wrote say, in an elevator, coffee shop or public rest room). Since I lack the time or burning drive to put myself in line for awards, I live with the concept in my head that I have only three readers for any given piece – Seriously, that is what I think about everything I write that gets published by other entities (insecurity is part of the freelancer’s nature because we are so isolated from our “co-workers” i.e. the team of people who make publications happen). The beauty of the blog is that the writer knows that there are readers. The blogmaster’s provide up to the minute stats. I know that more than three people are reading. In fact, I know that lots of people are reading -which is at once like a steak dinner for my ego and humbling in that I feel responsible for providing interesting, informative content on a fairly regular basis.
I am proud to say that Culture Nuts, in its first few months, is doing very well. The Word Press stats provided below prove it.
People all over the world are checking it out which for this writer’s pre-internet intellect is tremendously thrilling.
Thank you all very much for making Culture Nuts a success!
So here are some goals for the future….
In 2013 I will strive to fill in the gaps of arts coverage for the Central Virginia region and make Culture Nuts a better source for natives and visitors. I hope to do this by:
1. Partnering with an established non-profit arts organization.
2. Finding some writing partners in order to cover more events.
3. Offer opportunities for more organizations to facilitate exposure via this source.
Now that I’ve said it, I have to do it, right?
Happy New Year to you all and may 2013 be the BEST year Yet!!!!
Wishing the world peace, joy, love and light,
Mary Burruss,The Culture Maven
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.