Shall I Sell My Writing Soul?
I love to write, but I don't love being broke. I would like to make money on my blogs, and I think I see a way to do it. The problem is that I see some who seem to be making a lot of money blogging are taking a path I can't in good conscience take. Even when I was a buyer for a retail store, I could not embrace consumerism for its own sake. I had to feel I was providing a product people needed at a price they could afford.
I love America and it's been a great place to live and grow up in. But it's definitely full of people who make a living creating things no one really needs and then making them want it. Since I don't often go into stores these days, I no longer see these items on shelves. I do however, belong to a lot of blogging groups on Facebook and we read each other's blogs and share what we like to selected social networks.
Many bloggers earning money are promoting products that no one really needs. They are designed to make people buy on impulse something they or their children have had promoted to them through the media. Television convinces kids they need these toys and bloggers help parents buy them easily. Some blogs seem to consist mostly of rows and rows of products with only a bit of introductory text. I'm not sure those particular blogs are the most successful ones, but I read a lot of them and wonder if they make money.
Another blog I know of is very product oriented, but not all the products on that blog are useless. I see nothing wrong with helping people find something they really do have a need for. Good product reviews for useful products I can go with. One blogger I know makes thousands a year writing them. I hope I can find a niche that I can believe in. I do know, though, that I can't get into promoting cheaply made collectibles for kids that are designed to encourage trading to get them all rather than just playing with the ones they enjoy. If that's what it takes to make money blogging, I just can't do it.
I'm hoping I can find a niche that will help real people solve real problems. I want to feel that I'm doing some good in this world – not just trying to part people from their hard-earned dollars.
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