Blogging For a Living? I Think Not!
I first began my venture into the blogging arena back during the summer of 2009 when I was working in real estate. My blogging back then helped promote me, my brokerage, and the services we offered. My reputation online helped lead to our credibility as knowledgeable professionals. It was part of the recipe for success. Not to brag, but I was such an active real estate blogger for so long and uploaded so much content, I am still ranked as one of the more popular bloggers in the entire state of Mississippi. My current stats show that I am still ranked #1 in my city, #1 in my county, and #5 in the entire state. I still have 19 active followers! The caveat here… I have not written a real estate blog since I retired in 2013. How odd is that? What’s even more disheartening for me is that I have never earned one penny blogging in real estate (in over 5 years and with over 200 posts). Since retiring and switching my blog focus to “Retired in Samar,” my site has been monetized and now earns me a little money. Not a lot, but enough to cover the cost of my domains, hosting fees, some advertising costs, and beer money. Very few people (and none that I know of personally) have gotten really rich by blogging. There may be a few, but they are rare these days. Me, I’ve been blogging
continuously now going on 9 years. That’s a lot of writing… and even more reading by all my subscribers and readers.
The Game Has Changed!
As a Bitcoin and crypto currency enthusiast (blockchain technology), I recently fell into another rabbit hole – I was introduced to Steemit.com. Simply put, Steemit has redefined social media by building a living, breathing, and growing social economy; a community where users are getting rewarded for sharing their voice.
How It Works.
Steemit is a social media platform that works by having the crowd reward the crowd for their content. It does this thanks to blockchain and crypto currency technologies; Like Bitcoin, Steem is ‘minted’ daily and distributed to content producers according to the votes they get. Not only do the content creators (blog writers) get rewarded, all Steemit users receive all the benefits and rewards for their attention. Yes again, you read that correctly… by Voting and Curating, YOU the reader get rewarded for participating on Steemit.com.
Now take a minute and think about it. How much time have you spent reading blog posts and articles about things that interest you? Now repeat after me… “I could have been paid for reading that!” Engaging in social media now pays!
I’m Moving, But I’m Staying Put!
Because of this new blogging venue and an opportunity to make some money at something I like doing, I will be creating content and posting to Steemit. I will always keep my Retired in Samar blog going (too late to turn back now!) and I will also keep producing videos for my YouTube channel, which I can also share publish on Steemit. While Steemit looks a lot like Reddit, it differs because it actually pays all users for their participation, not just the shareholders. At this point, all I can do is to encourage all my readers to take a look at Steemit.com. The very first social media site, built on blockchain technology where you can engage and get paid. You must signup to participate and I will warn you, it will challenge your brain if you are not familiar with blockchain technology and/or crypto-currencies. You will be taking a leap into self-learning. I seem to do it at every turn these days (learn something new) and if you are old and retired like me, what else do you have to do? Brain exercise is always good!
What Have You Got To Lose?
If you do join the Steemit community and when you find an article I have posted on Steemit, don’t forget to follow me there, Curate (comment) and giving me a “upvote” for my content, you and I will both be rewarded. Read, participate, and get paid. Wow… things are changing!
Learn more about Steemit.com here.
Learn more about why social media sites like Facebook may be doomed because of Blockchain technology here.
Now that I am with the Steemit community, I will find a new passion for writing and posting content. I believe I will like connecting with the people here because of the positivity and enthusiasm that Steemit brings out of people. It is quite revolutionary in the way it naturally brings out the best in us and repels negative behaviour, “Trolls” don’t stand a chance here! They get weeded out quickly. Enjoy!