Should I give up my blog or keep writing with patience?
entirely, it's up to you whether you want to give up on your blog or keep writing with patience. Nobody else can show best solution instead of you. Nobody can make the decision of whether or not to quit blogging, for you.
In my case, it has become another trend to find a reason to keep doing this while posting on my blog. I want to be consulted about whether I should continue doing this quickly or stop and do something else. This is probably the conflict and dilemma faced by most bloggers who have not yet found the exact reward.
ShBlogs give you some kid of rewards such as sharing and talking on your social media channels. Another great reason for starting a blog is to help your advertisement for improve or start your business. A blog article gives you something to talk about and share.
In this way, there are net functions such as public relations effect, communication, and network participation that the blog itself gives.
So, in my case, what about me as an artist who draws and runs a blog about art?
In fact, you shouldn't be starting a blog in the first place if your sole purpose was to make money. This is because the field of art itself is not a field of great interest to many people and the public.
My best goal is to get approval from AdSense, purchase the materials I need to create my work through AdSense ads, and exhibit. However, statistically speaking, the most attractive and lucrative fields in AdSense are landscaping and interior design (#1), finance (#2), and beauty and fitness (#3).
It is probably the honest wish of bloggers to make money just by writing through blogs, that is, creating content, and ultimately, this income becomes a passive income and becomes a second source of income. Wouldn't it be better to write about a field with high returns?
With the exception of some successful star artists, or remaining in the academic field to earn a stable income, artists still want their work to be profitable. However, it is very difficult to find a reliable source of income in the field of fine art, where income is determined by abstract and subjective evaluation.
Still, there are many painters who maintain their own art life for a long time without knowing it, and finally can make a living just by making a living. All are good examples of the fruit of patience and self-confidence.
But, how great would it be if you could help your work with AdSense income from your blog when you are on the path of obscurity? In that sense, can blogs and contents in the art field be a good model for profit business?
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about business. Because you have to survive while doing art. I was not in the art field, but I worked as a nurse in a hospital for a long time as a researcher in a research institute dealing with medical information. All of them belonged to hospitals and research institutes, and they received a fixed monthly salary.
In retrospect, it was the easiest, most elegant, and sometimes rewarding, return. It was a time when I didn't even know that such a tough world existed until I was thrown into the jungle where I had to become an artist and become self-employee and make money on my own.
So, sometimes, when my parents said they wanted to become an artist, why they were so opposed to it, why many aspiring painters give up on their own path, and why most of the students who graduated from art colleges do not become full-time painters. .
That's because there is an ambiguity that you have to carve your own path. In this way, there is actually a sense of respect for everyone who is doing business and paving their way.
Running a blog is very similar in this respect. Bloggers are given tremendous freedom to blog with their own content. And there is hope that this content will potentially and in the future become a second source of income for them. However, just as there are power bloggers who work full-time with blogging, there are bloggers who want to quit because there are no visible results even after continuous blogging for several years.
For bloggers who are worried about whether I should stop blogging like this, this realistic barrier comes closer. Blogging requires 1-2 hours of focused free time per day. In order to grab a topic and create content, there must be a whole process of searching for references, finding or creating images, and writing and editing texts. Posts made with such care may not match people's interest and the number of clicks may be low.
When that happens, anxiety and worry suddenly arise. Wouldn't it be more constructive for me to quit this job and do something else? Wouldn't blogging be a waste of time?
Such anxiety, tension, and worry are very natural. In fact, there is a blogger who has been blogging for 15 years without any income. Let me quote for a moment what he said.
One little blog post is nothing on its own, but publish a thousand blog posts over a decade, and it turns into your life’s work. This blog has been my sketchbook, my studio, my gallery, my storefront, and my salon. Absolutely everything good that has happened in my career can be traced back in some way to this blog. My books, my art shows, my speaking gigs, some of my best friendships—they all exist because I have my own little piece of turf on the Internet.
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He’s the bestselling author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.
He is 37 years old and started his blog at the age of 22. In other words, I have been posting on my blog for 15 years and it is still ongoing.
15 years of steady record, practice and blogging have become his assets. I think these are the powers of blogging. You can't be sure if that will lead to money or not, but you can be sure that it's your own history.
I also like blogging that doesn't make money. Your blog is your own world. I can write here the ordinary records of human life such as worries, conflicts, difficulties, visions, happiness, joy, interest in the world, etc.
And as I write this, I convince myself that I am making a lot of progress. Above all, it gives rules to the life of an artist in the form of self-employment and provokes ideas and reflections on work. I'm actually getting a lot out of this blog by itself.
By blogging today, I got to know a writer named Austin Kleon. And we get ideas and motifs from the writer's writings and histories. It wouldn't have happened if I hadn't blogged.
If you are blogging, have no income for more than 6 months, and have no prospects for the future, and if your blogging purpose was solely for financial rewards, then a year's time will determine whether you want to continue blogging or not. will be an important indicator.
But if you, like me, are being rewarded in the form of your own satisfaction and confidence while blogging, rather than material rewards, you're probably better off continuing to write.
I will also continue to write. Learning, reflection, conviction and vision through the writing process are worth more than any monetary reward to me. And above all, because this blog is the only channel I create, promote and share ideas for my next work. I love my own space.
Myungja Anna Koh