TMST is a weekly meme with optional participation hosted by Jen Twimom @ That’s What I’m Talking About. There isn’t a check in and she doesn’t have a linky (although you’ll find one at the bottom of this post for #LetsDiscuss2022, that also has a giveaway raffle). She does encourage you to leave a link to your post on her blog if you participate, just so she and others can find you!
Jen sends out an email with the upcoming prompts roughly every two months. To get them, just go to her blog and sign up to get her newsletters. Then, just write a post for the corresponding date’s topic!
Today – August 16, 2022 – the topic is: What do your family and friends think of your blogging?
So, without any further ado…
Remember, this is my first TMST so be gentle!
So, what do my family and friends think about my blogging?
As background, when I started blogging, I didn’t tell many people about it. Mostly because I wasn’t sure what having a blog would mean (as you can see from this post). I only started blogging after having gotten burned by all the pay-per-click sites where I’d put up articles that I’d worked hard to write, and then when it came time to get paid, the sites closed or cheated me out of my “earnings” (I put that in quotation marks because, well… we really didn’t earn anything).
After I looked over all the posts I’d put up on all these various defunct sites, I noticed that the category where I put up the most articles was in book reviews. Book reviews were already notorious for not earning money on these sites. Still, I loved reading (always have, despite my dyslexia), and if I wasn’t going to make any money from all those sites, I might as well put my reviews up somewhere else where, even if I wouldn’t earn any money, at least I had control of everything else about my writing! I didn’t realize that I could actually get enough of a reputation to get free ARCs to read, which in a way is a type of payment. Yes, I have gotten a couple Amazon vouchers for sales there, and I did get a pay-out or two from my affiliate links, but if I had to live on those funds, I’d be starving and homeless!
But what do my friends and family think? Well, at first, while I was still working, they all looked on it as a nice hobby, and a nice way to share what I thought of the books I was reading. To be honest, I can be a long-winded talker, so I think some of them were very happy that I could say “just read my review on my blog” rather than to tell them what I thought! When I retired, they seemed to think that having this blog would be a good way to occupy my time. Little did I know that having all this free time would mean I’d be posting more, and now I don’t have much free time left!
In short, I don’t think that anyone has had anything bad to say about the fact that I blog, and people seem to agree that it is a good thing. That makes me happy, because blogging makes me happy (and it keeps me from getting too upset about politics, as well)!