There is a great post on Skelliewag about not selling out. I think its a really good read that many up and coming bloggers need to read.
What really hit me in the post is how most people change what they talk about as soon as they get some readership and then try to write what people want instead of what they want.
As I enter my 5th year of blogging looking back its pretty amazing. I don’t think I have changed much about what I write about. But the site has changed… I mean it has more ads then a Nascar =P.
I still frequently talk about my favorite TV show (LOST), my favorite sport (Mixed Martial Arts), and talk smack when people attack me.
I think its also one of the reason I have been able to average 1.3 posts a day for almost 5 years.
I get probably 10-20 solicitations a day to write about someone’s product or whatever… If its something I am interested in then I write about it. But more then anything I try not to clutter the blog with crap. And when I say crap of course I mean what I think is crap.
I really enjoy writing this blog. Its a true blog. Its not a company blog… its not a news site… its just me and what I am interested in, with photos included.
I was on stage at Izeafest with John Chow and others on a blogging panel and one of his answers to “why do you blog” questions was something to the effect of “I blogged 2.8 posts a day when I made nothing and I still blog 2.8 posts a day. If my site goes back to making nothing I will still blog 2.8 posts a day”. – That is one of the best ways to say how I feel about ShoeMoney.com. I wrote it when nobody cared 5 years ago and I will write it 5 years from now if people read or not.