The Blogger Alarm

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May 23, 2012 by David Gillaspie

Hello, my name is David.

I’m a blogger.

I’ve made about $20 from from books on kindle related to my blog.

$20.00?

So it’s not about the money, it’s about the platform.

But the platform is about the money.

There’s a story about a writer who went to a publisher to pitch a book. He set up his computer in the publisher’s office and pushed their URL to his tribe. They crashed the publisher’s system with their response. The writer got a book deal.

A guy starts talking about his dad on twitter and ends up with three million followers and a book deal.

Another writer posts his logline on Reddit asking what happens when a Marine combat battalion gets transported to ancient Rome. He’s got a movie deal by the end of the day.

Dreams do come true and good stories do rise. If you’re not dreaming the dream and writing the story, what are you doing instead?

Go ahead and call yourself a writer; just be ready to face the next day when no one cares enough to read.

DG’s B&B, or deegeesbb, has seventy voluntary subscribers, over three thousand hits a month, and more than 126K total hits. What’s it mean? Seventy emails won’t crash a system; three thousand hits won’t make a dent. One hundred twenty six thousand total hits makes deegeesbb worth about $17. 25.

If it’s not about the money, then what is it about?

It’s always about the money, even when it’s not.

If you blog your story, good for you. If you blog your world, even better. But if you blog your heart, open it up to the world, then you get a book deal. You get validation for all the time you’ve been online. It’s like an appraiser finding a treasure in a horder’s  room.

At the end of the day you are who you are, and you get what you get. It doesn’t work the other way around. Getting nothing doesn’t mean you’re nothing. Go ahead with the added-value if that’s how you feel.

If you face down the fears of nothingness and continue to produce in spite of all common sense, then you may call yourself what you are.

Stand tall, writer. Stand tall.

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