MY COMMERCIAL…

The Babylon Bee has one million followers. One million. 

Their last post got ONE like. ONE. 

Those of us who are in the “content creation” (a term I loathe with every fiber of my being) business, really have no idea what’s going on with the algorithms in any given social media platform. 

We do our research and we try to do all the things; posting on different sites, engaging with friends and followers, picking the right picture for the post (I spend more time searching for pictures than I do actually creating – WAY more time) positing often but not too often, blah, blah, blah. 

The deal is simply this: we’re constantly trying to figure out how to monetize what we do. And it’s an uphill climb to say the least. 

I was once a highly paid songwriter. In fact, I used to make more money JUST from songwriting (not counting producing and performing), ONE JOB, than I do now with the 5 or 6 jobs I do collectively. 

At one time I thought maybe I wasn’t working hard enough or maybe I wasn’t actually good at what I did and people were finally onto me, or I was getting too old and out of touch or a dozen other things. But definitely putting the blame on myself. 

Then, I realized that the game was rigged and I wasn’t part of the club rigging it. 

Some guy shows up with a fancy, new app, that allows you to access billions and billions of dollars worth of recorded material; every song ever recorded in the history of the art form…for $14 a month…and I was suddenly out of a job. 

I’d like to tell you it was more complicated than that. But it wasn’t. 

Anyway …

As my caregiving duties intensified and my time availability got more compressed, I sat down one night and started “blogging.” 

I still, since I posted my first blog on Myspace in 2006, have no idea what a blog is supposed to be. I finally learned, a couple of years ago, that it’s short for “web log,” but I have no idea if I’m doing it right or not. 

I just sit down and start typing. 

For some unknown reason, people seem to respond to these peckings. So I started getting followers and readers and newfound friends and people shared them and reposted them and whatever. 

Pastors have quoted them from the pulpit and I know of at least 3 school teachers who read them to their classes every morning. Personally, I think that is a very bad idea. But hey, it’s a free country. I mean, it used to be …

Through the years, I’ve discovered that there are a few ways to earn money from an existence on the internet: reaching a large audience, or a catering to a dedicated, small audience. 

I kinda fall in the middle, somewhere. 

I don’t write for any particular brand or entity. It’s just me over here in a windowless office, on a 2008 Mac Book Pro, saying things I’ll probably regret later. 

I’ve had several “viral” blogs and every time that happens I hear from blog website people who tell me I could’ve earned this many thousands of dollars if I’d been with their site. 

Then, when I ask about coming on board with their site, I never hear from them again. 

I made a promise to my readers, a few years ago, that I wouldn’t activate the advertising function on my site. But then, I had a blog go uber viral (over 9 million shares, alone) and I lost nearly six figures in income.

Lesson learned. 

So what does any of this have to do with you? What does it have to do with anything? Nothing, actually. But I thought I’d take today and do a little commercial for myself. 

See, like the Bee, I too have been seeing my stats dwindle. Where I would normally get a hundred to two hundred shares on a blog, I’m now getting a fraction of that. I have no idea if I’m being “throttled” or if I’m just not resonating anymore. 

But I know for a fact that I have been reported a few times to the internet police for having opinions that do not comport with what our lords and masters have determined to be safe for public consumption. 

You’ll never see it happening. Nobody from Facebook will call you and say, “Hey, we’re just letting you know that we’re only showing your posts to 3 people today.” 

No, you just won’t be seen or heard or shared and you will never know exactly why. 

So I created some actual Facebook groups to try and mitigate that. But I have no idea how all those ones and zeros work either. 

Here’s what I do know:

Based on my own stats, if every single person in my Facebook blog readers group joined my Patreon page (at $5 a month) I could earn a living just a blogger. If all the  subscribers on my WordPress site joined, I would earn a very handsome living. 

If every person who reads my blog around the globe joined (based on the analytics), I would be the highest paid independent blogger in the world.  

I don’t want your money. I hate sales almost as much as I hate the phrase (content creator). I never sold any candy bars for the elementary school. It’s just not my thing. I would rather have an enormous audience and make all my money on advertising, and never have to see or hear or talk to anybody about anything other than the stuff I want to write about.  

But these are strange times and we are all at the mercy of people in ivory towers, pulling strings as they see fit. 

So, yes, this is a commercial for what I do. If you are finding this on Facebook, consider joining the blog readers group. It may help guarantee that you see these blogs (or whatever they are) of mine. 

If you are so inclined, consider joining the WordPress site. I post a free blog once a week to this site and once posted, it will come directly to your email. I like eliminating billionaire boy wonders from the equation. 

And if you are really passionate about helping those of us who are hell bent on ensuring that our children never go to college, consider becoming a Patron on my Patreon site. 

I post a blog there 5 days a week. And for the upper tiers, there are some other perks. 

For the second tier, ($5 a month) my 5 books are available as well as the blogs. For the 3rd tier ($10), everything I’ve ever created is available; all my records and books. 

Last month, I created a creative writing coaching tier ($100 a month). This is for those who have asked me, through the years, for tips and mentoring on songwriting or just writing in general. I hesitated for a long time to do this, because, trust me – you don’t want megiving you advice on anything – but I did it and so far, the students are sufficiently fooled into believing there is some sort of value in it. 

Disclaimer: *No refunds will be given once you discover I am a complete fraud.*  

 

Writing a thousand words a day is a job in itself. But its one I absolutely adore and have done for free, for many years. But I would love to turn it into something that allows me to eliminate a couple of other things from my daily docket.

And most importantly, I want to do all I can to make sure we can continue to connect through the psychological mine field that is (enter social media platform here). 

Okay…enough about that. Now back to your regularly scheduled apocalypse …

To become a patron, click the link below … 

https://www.patreon.com/m/regiehamm   

PS – I chose the picture to try and use sex to get you to read this blog.

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