Just noticed it’s been five months since I started this blog. I see that since then, about 200 blogs on WoW have been launched and announced themselves at blog azeroth. I wish them every success and hope the writers enjoy the journey as much as I have.
Isn’t that an awful lot though? 200 in five months.
WoW is a remarkable game in the way it has created an entire industry around itself.
There are the mega sites which earn an income like wow.com, curse.com and wowhead.com along with their subsidiary sites since Zam and Curse are corporations with a network of sites, and wow.com is owned by AOL.
There are some long-term writers like Galoheart, Honors, Matticus and others who still play WoW and still blog.
There are, we can see, a minimum of 200 blogs in 5 months. There is probably another 100 or so bloggers who didn’t promote themselves there.
Often people think “I can make money from this”. Let me tell you, it takes phenomenal amounts of traffic for you to make any money. You’d want about 100K hits a month to make enough to buy yourself a small pizza every month.
I saw a site the other day with ads plastered all over it. Pretty promising, but their ads made me roll my eyes. You turn people away by having ads in their face. I had some ads for search visitors only for a while (regulars wouldn’t have seen them) but turned them all off after seeing the pitiful income.
I didn’t start blogging to make money anyhow. I’d have liked my hosting costs to be covered by ads, and probably could if I used ads for all users, not just search visitors, but that’d detract from the sense of independence, personal touch and honesty you get from a blog.
I don’t expect possible bloggers to read this and heed any warning from me, but will give it anyhow: don’t blog for profit. Blog because you like to write, to teach, to share or rant, to help people or to learn something new. Keep doing it for those reasons.
That’s why I’ll keep writing. I like helping and teaching.
I’d still like some feedback on this sidebar nav; do you think it’d help people find content? Is it ugly? I can’t stop the little bars jiggling around, unfortunately (bug in jQuery, behind the scenes).
Lastly, twitter me! I’m getting into it. Much hugs to my fellow tanking and blogging twitterati.