Am I Writing On Borrowed Time?
Danger & Play linked to one of his older posts tonight on Twitter and it got me thinking. The post is called 10 Reasons the Manosphere is Fading, and I ended up asking myself this question:
Am I writing on borrowed time? Is it only a matter of time until my pen has brushed its final stroke across paper? Or, in today’s modern age, the last keystroke of my keyboard, which is a far less elegant-sounding way of making the same point.
Truthfully, hell if I know. I don’t even have the slightest clue what I expected when I first fired up a WordPress installation with the title “This Blog Will Get Me In Trouble”. The plan was just to write about causing trouble – namely picking up and fucking girls.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think my blog would grow at the rate it has over these past 8 months. And, maybe I should have expected it. I’ve always been very successful at anything I’ve set out to do, so why did I think this would be any different?
Once again, hell if I know.
But, I sure can see why guys get burned out and elect to hang up the towel. There are weeks where I scratch my head for topics, with no idea what to write about. It is tough to crank out five quality posts a week for what is essentially a hobby. Fellow bloggers, don’t kid yourselves, either. For most of us, this is a side hobby where we get to have a voice and hopefully make an influence in someones life. The number of guys who are making a true, livable profit off of their Manosphere work is very slim.
To do that is a lot of work. Take it from a guy who has had some pretty damn expensive and time consuming hobbies over the years – go-karting, guitar, triathlons, mountain biking, all of which are easily capable of consuming 20 hours a week of your time. My latest hobby is blogging, and it takes up a pretty large chunk of time.
And like I said, I don’t know how much time I have left.
Now, by no means whatsoever am I announcing my pending retirement – quite the contrary. While sometimes I may go blank, for the most part, I’m still incredibly excited to sit down and write several times a week. I have lots of ideas, plenty of drafts, and plenty of drive. I just wonder if the pulse of my creative writing juices will come to a screeching halt one day.
Every page view, every comment, and every link to my blog just inspires me to keep on truckin’.
I know I’m a good writer, but I sometimes am blown away by how high quality some people say my work is, and how much they admire me. Because ultimately, all I really do is sit down and start typing away. My writing is not a process with conceived outlines, drafts, and final publications. I just say what comes to mind and hit the publish button – I almost consider them rants of my day-to-day life. If people find my content valuable and entertaining, then that’s fucking awesome.
I do plan to monetize this blog. I have some many great ideas, and I’ve built the platform to launch them. My goal is that this blog is bringing me $1,000 a month in additional income by the end of 2014. It’s now in writing, and I have to work towards it. Putting my goals out there for the world to see inspires me to meet them.
So, for now, I will continue causing trouble. I’m sure Europe and NYC will give me plenty of writing ideas. Come meet me and cause some trouble.
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