Several people have recently posted comments that wonder why I’m not getting paid for my posts. I do appreciate their concern and their desire to put a financial value on my blogging.
In the United States, of course, the natural assumption is that people do most things for money. In fact, as I’ve noted in previous blogs, money has to a great extent replaced all other means to determine if something or someone is successful, worthwhile or artistic.
In the case of my blog, though, I do it for the pleasure of organizing and writing down by thoughts plus the joy of sharing with my readers. I have had a very successful advertising business for more than 20 years now and I’ve made a lot of money. Instead of trying to make more of the green, I feel happier spending some of my free time on this blogging adventure. In addition, eventually many of my posts will end up in books I am slowly writing on communications theory and propaganda in a free society.
But for the time being, I am gratified that I have picked up so many followers in these first five months of blogging. The knowledge that people are reading my material is all the reward I need.
Having said that, I can suggest something to readers who absolutely feel as if they really do want to “pay” for reading my blog. You could always pick up a copy of my book of poetry, Music from Words, either from the publisher, www.belldaybooks.com, or from many online bookstores, including www.amazon.com. You can also buy it in almost any bookstore, but you’ll probably have to have the store order it from the warehouse. If you don’t read poetry, you could always give it to someone you know who does, or an English student you know.
That’s it for the commercial.
Best wishes to all my readers for a creative and insightful 2010.