Not In It For the Money…

It is almost ten years since I started blogging.  It is hard to believe that it has been that long, but there it is… A little over twelve years ago I registered my first domain and opened my own website, and I used that as a pulpit from which to to ‘speak’ to the masses.  I was thrilled when I got 20 hits in a week.

Although my blog has moved a few times (and has been renamed once) I have always said that I do not do it for the money… mostly because there has never been any.  I have never sold an ad, never accepted money to post an article.  Don’t get me wrong, the fact that I have a site with nearly 900 articles on-line does lend to my professional credibility, and I am sure that has brought me business over the years.  My reasons are not entirely altruistic.  Primarily so, but not entirely.

imageSometime in 2014 I followed a friend’s advice and posted a ‘Donate’ button.  It took me a few minutes on PayPal figuring out how to even do it, but I did… and then I forgot about it.  Why?  Because nobody ever clicked it, but mostly because I have never blogged for the money, and was not going to start now.

It happened last week.  I got an e-mail from PayPal notifying me that someone had sent me $5.  I assumed it was a refund I was waiting for from eBay.  I went to see if I was right, and I was not… someone had found one of my articles very useful, and made a donation!  I was elated!

Of course, over the years I have received hundreds of thank-yous for different articles; people have left comments, I have had people buy me drinks, and dinners, and coffees, and once a small stuffed animal.  But after a decade this was the first time I had reaped financial gains from the blog.  Yes, it was only $5… but that is $5 more than the reader had to send. 

I don’t want any of you to think that this is a whole ‘I have my hand out’ article… that is not the intent.  I was just happy about it… and happy is a good way to end a week.  Happy Friday!

2 responses to “Not In It For the Money…”

  1. Why do you think you have to make money? You are doing this to make you more Maretable. Money may follow.

    1. As I said Irwin, I do NOT think I have to make money 🙂 Even if it didn’t make me more marketable, I am still glad to help the community 😉 -M

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