Gentle readers, I am at a crossroads, and asking those of you who are “regulars” to help me make a hard decision. Of course, I am interested in what you think even if you aren’t a regular reader…you slacker.
It is no secret to anyone that I hate my “day job,” and that I don’t even make very much money doing it. (I am sort of a lawyer). My heart is in cooking and writing, and I am getting old enough that its a struggle to look into the rest of my days and see myself slogging away at work that I hate, particularly since its not exactly allowing me to send my kid to Choate and keep a Lexus in the driveway.
I have an opportunity, courtesy of foodbuzz, to make some money doing this blogging thing. Still no private school or Lexus, but a comparable amount of money without having to divide my working time between Hated Day Job and Beloved Cooking and Blogging. The first opportunity comes in the form of a cash reward for most increased hits, and this will largely be measured in April. That means I’ll need a ginormous jump in the number of hits I get this month, and I mean ginormous. If I win even third prize, I will have enough money to bid a joyous farewell to my current vocation, and to buy a computer that actually works. I need help, though. I need ideas about what will bring people, and I need regular readers to pimp me a bit, to the extent that they are willing.
The second opportunity concerns switching to a different host, and allowing foodbuzz to put ads on my site. (WordPress will not allow advertising). Their ads are very tasteful, and I trust them not to set me up with the kind of scrolling, popping, intrusive ads that drive me away from some blogs. This would give me some continuing income from the blog, and let me focus on bringing you all recipes, restaurant reviews, and those bizarre stories that seem to wake me up in the night begging to be written.
So, are you with me? Can I count on you? Will you come with me if I move? Its a big risk, and I would never consider it if I were actually supporting my family, but as long as I’m basically just earning the grocery money, why can’t I try to earn it in a way that doesn’t make me want to put my fist through a wall on a regular basis?