1. I'd have to switch to Wordpress, and I can't figure out how to get all those "categories" off my Wordpress blog. I really, really like Wordpress, but I don't enjoy seeing hundreds of categories listed on the sidebar.
2. I'd have to try and be interesting all the time. Impossible! I'm sixty-five years old, I live in the boonies, and I don't drive. How many interesting things do you think I could come up with?
3. OK, here's one that I can do just fine: I'd have to do at least one entry every day. If you want a big following, folks, you're going to have to update your blog often enough to keep people's interest. Actually, I do too many entries; I imagine my readers see me in their sidebars and say to themselves, "Oh no, not her again."
4. I'd have to be plain silly sometimes, because readers seem to like that; yes, I can be silly, but it's usually accidental.
5. I would need a $1,500 camera. None of this point-and-shoot stuff. Then I'd have to learn to change all those settings. No thanks.
6. I would have to learn how to use Photoshop, which would probably cost me another $1,500. (Maybe you've figured out I'm too lazy to learn new things and too broke to buy new things.)
7. I'd need a proofreader. I tend to type up an entry and publish it without going over it thoroughly (because I'm lazy). So a day or two later, Cliff will be reading my blog on the laptop and say something like this: "Hey, why did you call Bonnie-the-cow Dolly?"
And I say, "Oh, I did that?"
Then I go back and change it, after practically everybody has already read it.
The entry below about the deep freeze was so confusing when I first read it after posting that I practically did it over from scratch, and even now I wonder if it makes sense in some places. I'll probably find a half-dozen things about this entry that I'll have to come back and clear up, too.
8. I don't take criticism well. Pioneer Woman has thousands of readers, so you know she is much-loved. But there is one blogger with quite a large following who is a critic of PW. Her complaints are many: Ree's rich (that's a crime?); she only blogs good things about her family, and we all know everybody has family problems at times (yes, but do we want to read about that?); she makes money from her blog (so?); her recipes are fattening, so she is contributing to the health problems in America (give me a break).
The woman gets lots of comments from people who agree with her, which proves something I learned a long time ago: Everybody isn't going to like you. Sometimes you're lucky if anybody does.
But really, if you objected so much to a blog, why wouldn't you just stop reading it?
To those of you who are able to earn huge amounts of money with your blogs, I salute you. But I won't be joining you.
I should mention that one little ad on the sidebar that got me $100 for a year's advertising, and my Google Adsense that is 3/4 of the way to netting me $100 in another year or so. I just don't see myself ever earning the big bucks