I’ve been thinking about my writing lately. Why do I write? Originally, my answer would be “to change the world.” But I also want to make some money with my writing, too. Not a ton of money – just enough to pay off all my debts so I can live debt free.
But I think that, in the process of writing for profit, something gets lost along the way. And I believe that is the way it is with a lot of hobbies. It can be fun to play a musical instrument, paint landscapes, write poem, and other forms of artistic expression.
But when it gets to the point where an artist can make money, that’s when things change. At that point, it’s no longer about making art, but making ends meet. A lot of people dream about making their interests a job, but once it becomes a job, it no longer gets to be fun.
Basically, it is no longer about making art. It’s about making a living. Your hobby has become your job.
And as most people can attest, jobs aren’t supposed to be fun. Work is hard! Especially if you want to make money! Real money! Like, “buy a Ferrari while visiting Italy” money!
So that’s the conundrum I’m facing right now. I’ve got this nice blog going, I have six novels completed in at least first draft form (I’ve even submitted a couple to publishers – no luck there). I have a Web comic going on three different sites and a second one in the works. But my reason for all this is to make a name for myself. So that way I might actually make some money with my art.
But perhaps that’s the wrong approach. If I start to depend on my art to make money, then it won’t be fun any more. Especially at this point, where my art isn’t actually doing anything for me.
If you are reading this, thank you. You might be one of the only people in the whole wide Web that is reading my words. And if you’re not immediately related to me, I especially thank you. I don’t think my family even reads my blog! And the only people subscribing to “The Misadventures of Muffin the Mad” are my kids, and one other person (and I’ve thanked them, too!)
So maybe I shouldn’t really care about subscribers. I should simply create for the joy of creating. If no one else reads my blog or my comic, why should I care? At least I had fun doing it!
Otherwise, it can be quite disappointing to go through all this work just to see nothing for my efforts. I added a view counter to this Web site, and I think the only person who has been viewing it is myself. Usually only on the day I post something. Ooh, one result! … that would be me.
Even the bots avoid me. Ouch.
So if you are reading this, thank you, and please let me know if you enjoyed it! If you didn’t enjoy it, feel free to let me know and give me tips on what you want to see instead. You can post here (after you register) or on my Facebook page.
Otherwise, I’ll just keep on writing – and updating this blog – as I feel like it. Thanks for reading, and keep on writing!