This is a navel-gazing type post, so if it’s not your cup of tea, come back tomorrow, OK? Occasionally, I need to spill my random/crazy thoughts onto a page, otherwise, my brain will explode. So, recently my husband and I started to watch the TV comedy “Cheers.” I’ve seen some of the episodes before (it’s a classic!), but never in a chronological order. I’m telling you, they don’t make comedies the way they used to.
But it occurred to me, blogging is similar to running a bar, kind of like “Cheers.” Not that I’m an expert on bars, so I’m judging based on the way it’s portrayed on a TV show. But the principle is the same: “Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.” Or in the case of my reader Cheapblackdad, nickname.
But it sort of provides like-minded people with a place where they can just relax and have fun. Sure, there are a few rude or profanity-spewing “customers” now and again. It only makes sense. I’ve said before that anonymity is like alcohol, it shows one’s true colors. If someone is a jerk, they will definitely display it online. They may behave in a polite manner in public, but on the internet…all bets are off.
We have a core group of “regulars,” those who comment or email me on a regular basis. They only come to our bar and won’t even consider another establishment. We are extremely honored, of course. Some customers buy from us on occasion, but frequent other places too, which is perfectly fine. We welcome everyone, even those who hang out at the bar but never “buy” anything.
Above all, we run a blog because it’s fun! Sure, other websites make way more than we do, but many don’t have a sense of community. Without real engagement, what’s the point? I like the fact that people look forward to our posts and share their thoughts and occasionally, even photos of their family.
Of course, I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about making money. It would be insulting to your intelligence. I’ve mentioned before that we have recurring costs (occasional technical help and advertising). Don’t get me wrong, overhead in blogging is extremely low compared to traditional brick-and-mortar business. But Nancy and I pour a ton of energy and time into this endeavor, and I believe some compensation is appropriate.
We try hard to take the “ick” factor out of credit card affiliate business. Because let’s face it, it has gotten super icky over the last few years. I try to be as transparent and upfront as possible. If I feel the offer is good, I tell readers about it. It pays us commission? Even better. And worry not, we make sure that our “drinks” are always top shelf!
So, I hope you keep stopping by and buying “drinks” from us now and again. Special secret recipe that will cure all of your ills, guaranteed. You like, you like! More than anything, I hope you consider slowing down, hanging out for few minutes and just engaging in a conversation.
“Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot!”
Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.