Is Blogging Kind of Like Tupperware?
I should be finishing off a quick transcription right now. Or hanging some laundry. But I don’t feel like it and there are mosquitoes outside. Plus I
wasted spent some time this afternoon drafting a blog post to send to Alexandria at I Don’t Blog. about why I want to go to Blissdom Canada this fall, something I have trouble articulating quite frankly, and it got me thinking so here I am writing a blog post instead of working/cleaning/feeding the beasts, etc.
You see, in trying to explain what it is about blogging that so pulls me in, that makes me want to write and tweet and edit and all that fun stuff, I tend to always be sure to point out that I’m not in this to make money. But then I worry I sound like a snob, because it’s not like it’s a bad thing to want to make money. We kind of all need enough money (whatever enough is in our worlds) to live and all that. But blogging seems to have changed so much since the early days when I first fell in love with reading blogs, although maybe it’s just how it looks from my changed viewpoint, I don’t know. Anyway, getting back to my point, when I think about blogs and making money I think of how a friend of mine once called me and shared her surprise that you could actually Make Money. With a Blog! And she wondered how easy it was and I knew she was thinking about jumping in. And now looking back I think that was a personal tipping point. The point when I realized some people are treating blogging as a new form of tupperware. They aren’t in for the creativity, the sharing, the experience of coming together with people who think outside the box, they are in it as a side-job, a few extra bucks, a business only. And since I have a business blog it seems stupid that I care about anyone blogging for business. I don’t actually, I don’t even care that people jump in just to make some cash, but, and it’s a big BUT, I don’t want it to end up being like an awful tupperware party. Don’t invite me in and make me great snacks and offer sweet cocktails with promises of a girls night in, but then spend the whole night doing your best impression of the worst cliche of a used car salesman. Don’t say that it will be just a regular get together and you can buy “only if you want”. Think how much better your “sales” will be if you aren’t constantly pitching a product, but instead you are showcasing what a great party you can throw, and oh by the way isn’t the tupperware coming in handy tonight?Featured Image Tupperware (of course, lol!) © Ian Symonds, Flickr, Creative Commons