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Wake Up, Wake Up, Wake Up! All you quick to start a blog to make money type people. Words are powerful and a passion for writing is the key to being a successful blogger. If you are doing it because you think it will make you some money in today’s economy think again. Take a lesson from blogger Stuart McDonald.

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I recently read a piece from David Risley called, “A Blog Is Not A Business,” in which he talked about how blogging (in and of itself) is not a business model. I wholeheartedly agree with Risley’s post and as I was reading, I forced myself to consider why I blog.

I don’t do it for the money, because, well, I don’t make any. French playwright and actor, Moliere, said, “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” Right now, I’m still doing it for love. And a few close friends. Perhaps, one day, someone will pay me, but for now, they don’t. I don’t even want to pay myself. That’s why I intentionally choose not to have ads on my site (at least for the time being and probably for a long time). I don’t want to view my readers as little dollar signs trickling in. I want to view my readers as readers.

If people come to my site and read what I write, I truly appreciate that. I appreciate it even more when they comment (*clears throat*) because, at the core of why I write anything is to engage people in a dialogue. I intend for most pieces to be a conversation starter, a catalyst which can be used to engage and empower others. READ MORE

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