As a rookie, I’m discovering what others have probably known for a long time.
Blogging is hard.
You write and rack your brain for new material. You respond to comments. You visit other sites and connect with other bloggers who may be in the same boat you’re in, looking for exposure.
I’m a big Doonesbury fan. Do you know the Rick Redfern character? He’s the middle aged, bearded character with tieaskew who was a former Washington Post reporter.
Now unemployed, a casualty of the decline in the newspaper business, he blogs for the Huffington Post, unpaid of course. Yet he hopes this investment of his time and skills will get him back in the game.
I totally relate to Rick.
Meanwhile his idiot son Jeff who lives in the basement has stumbled into fame and wealth with a book he wrote about a cartoonish warrior. It was too easy.
This is a long and rambling introduction to acknowledge all the bloggers out there who toil away at their laptops for a cause, a teaching moment, an opportunity to be heard and build a following, to share something with others, but generally not to make money.
And that’s OK.
Sally Bacchetta is an adoptive parent and blogger (www.theadoptiveparent.com). She wrote a book, What I Want My Adopted Child to Know: An Adoptive Parent’s Perspective,
It melds her educational and professional background in psychology and counseling with her experience as an adoptive parent. She wrote the book in response to a need common among adoptive families. “Adoptive families navigate emotional terrain that fully-biological families don’t have to.”
I suggest you visit her site and check out her book.
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