As we know the blogging world is divided pretty well down the middle when it comes to making money. On one side you have the blogging purity patrol who think that making money directly from your blog is evil and dirties the profession. Then on the flipside you have those that see nothing wrong with trying to earn a living directly from their writing. It is a discussion that is probably as old as blogging itself. As one who earns a living; or trying to, from blogging there are times when the dollars don’t seem as important as something much more intangible – respect and appreciation.
It is great when you are linked to, or have your writing provide a spark for other bloggers, or have a great comment thread on your posts. Those are some immediate rewards that can build your confidence in what you are doing. However there is one other type of reaction that can provide a longer lasting feeling of success. For me that is when I receive emails about things I have written.
In most cases when we receive emails from readers it is in response to something we have written. Email responses while rare show that you have written something that made someone want to reach out in a much more personable way. Beyond that though, are those emails that just want to thank you for doing what you do. These are the type of emails that validate all those long hours and something I think all bloggers treasure.
I was lucky enough to wake up to finding one of those type of emails waiting for me in my inbox. I won’t say who it was from because I don’t have permission to do so, and really it doesn’t matter. What did matter was the kind words the gentleman had written and will be something I will treasure for some time
I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog and posts over at the inquistr for some time now and thank you for providing a voice of dissent.
There’s very few people willing to take an alternative viewpoint against the social media mob.
Don’t get me wrong there are some very good things about it, but many people, many ‘industry leaders’ are giving a one sided view. Trust it to be a Canadian eh?
That one email has made all the late nights and hard work worth every minute. Whether I never get another email like this doesn’t matter. What matters is that what I write about is enough to spark a reader to thank me for my effort. There is no price you can put on that.
Blogging isn’t all about the ad revenue, conferences attended, or books written. It is about our readers and knowing that they appreciate our hard work. You don’t need to click on an ad, or buy an eBook, or even leave comments to show how much you appreciate your favorite blogger.
Sometimes the best payment a blogger can receive is an email saying thank you.
(Thank you J. I appreciated that email more than you can know.)