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How Blogging Made Me Rich

Okay, so it’s a cheat headline.

Blogging hasn’t made me rich, not if you’re talking dollars, or good old fashioned pounds, shillings and pence.

If you’re talking dollars, or good old fashioned pounds, shillings and pence I’d say blogging has probably cost me money, rather making me any.

But still, I feel rich.

I find myself stopping and thinking sometimes, at odd moments of the day, and night, about people I’ve got to know through this weird obsession we share, this need to write, to record, to explore, to learn, to connect with each other.  To blog.

I think about the people I’ve got to know, the things I’ve discovered, the ways I’ve learned to express myself.

I think about bloggers I know.

I think about someone who’s just starting a new job, about a father who is getting ready for his son’s wedding, about a mother delighting in her children playing, I think about a woman getting ready to let her writing burst the banks, about a burst of sunshine lighting up someone’s day, about an artist finding words and painting strokes that say source, sorrow, passion, truth, about a sure fire blessing of a friend who’s brave enough to say she’s sad sometimes, and when I do that, when I stop and think of you:

I know that I am rich.

Drafting this in my head, one of my favourite poems came to mind.

I know this is a love sonnet, but maybe it works for friendship, blogger style, too.

If so, this is for you.

Sonnet 29

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

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  2. amypalko says:

    I love this post, Joanna. And I really hope that someone looking out for some get rich quick scheme stumbles across your headline, and discovers that wealth has to be measured in more than dollars/pounds/euros etc. Also your choice of poem is so lovely. I’ve been teaching the sonnets this last semester, and you’ve made me reread this one anew. I feel all the richer for having done so. Thank you, my friend :-)

  3. Wendy A.M. Prosser says:

    Clever headline! And thank you for the beautiful words — your own as well as the poem.

  4. Robyn McMaster says:

    Writing something well is like giving birth. In that case you have a house full of beautiful children. Keep up the inspiration.

  5. Iain Broome
    Twitter: iainbroome

    Yes, so many people seem to take up blogging to try and make money, but it’s a nonsense really. What you do get, if you’re, you know, a nice person with good intentions, is a whole new group of people to interact with. Some of them become cyberpals, others lead you to opportunities in real life. There’s far more value in that than there is in trying to trick people into clicking on your Google ads or flogging them products that you’ve never used yourself.*

    * I have done this once and am still stuck with the consequences.

  6. Bo Mackison says:

    Lovely, Joanna. Yes, a blogger’s wealth is seldom measured in pounds or dollars, but is rich in the connections one makes. And NOT the connections one makes in order to make money, but the ones that make you more human.

  7. Rhiannon says:

    Lovely post - and that is what true riches are all about :)

  8. Meredith says:

    You know how to count your real wealth, Joanna. Beautiful post!

  9. Lee Ann says:

    Wow. What an amazing thing to run across today. That sonnet, when I was in high school, was one of my favorite pieces of writing ever, and I even had it memorized. I hadn’t thought about it in soooo many years. But today of all days, it speaks to me again. Thank you for being the vehicle for synchronicity.

  10. --Deb says:

    Beautifully put, Joanna!

  11. Karen Swim
    Twitter: karenswim

    Joanna, you my friend have made me wealthy in all the ways that matter. The sonnet was beautiful and yes perfect. You, Brad, Robert, Amy, Wendi, Jan, Deb and so many others have made me richer than most I do in the only currency that matters. Thank you Joanna. xo

  12. Mandy Allen says:

    Oh I can absolutely identify with this. Yes, the friendships I have made since I started blogging are phenomonal.

    Enjoy the journey.


  13. Diana says:

    Love the sonnet. Love the post.

  14. Conor
    Twitter: ebbstachio


    The richness of being will always rise above material wealth. It’s such a pleasure reading your blog and your words of wisdom have enriched my soul.

    Beautiful, as always.


  15. Robert Hruzek says:

    There’s no one so rich as the one who has friends! By any measure I count myself wealthy to have you as one.

    A big ol’ tip o’ the hat to ya for making my day, Joanna!

  16. Debbie Yost says:

    I have always felt that money is, although nice, not the most important thing in life. True, I want to be comfortable, but I believe (and hope it’s true) that I put more stock in family and friends thant the things I can buy with money. I am blessed to be considered among your friends and many others who visit your blog. Thank you. This post made my day!

    Even as much as we complain about technology and privacy issues and “time sucks” where else could I have made friends with people all over the world except on the Internet. It is truly amazing.

  17. Janice Cartier
    Twitter: jancartier

    Beautiful, beautiful sonnet…I just noticed that I read and clicked and smiled and shed a few wonderful tears, and blushed to be included..and neglected to tell you how touched I am . I can only echo what has been said here already..and say too..there’s gathering treasure… and there’s gathering treasures…
    If we are truly lucky… they might just be uncovered side by we set out to do just that..
    I am feeling very lucky at the moment.

  18. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thank you everyone for your comments and responses.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the sonnet… shared just for you ;-)

  19. Michael LaRocca says:

    Every time I’ve tried to fire up a blog, I’ve found myself too incredibly poor to keep the entries coming. So I comment on yours. Yay!

    (Seriously, between my monthly newsletter and my once-in-a-blue-moon novel, I have no ideas left. Feeling pretty rich anyway.)

  20. Glenda Childers says:

    I have come to your blog on a recommendation. Reading about 10 of your articles right now, makes me want to say thanks to the one who recommended you. Great and insightful writing that makes me think. I will be a regular reader and can’t wait to read more.

  21. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Michael with all this time commenting, I’m sure you could write a post or two!

    Glenda thanks so much for saying hi - I’m glad you enjoyed followingg up the recommendation. Hope to see you again soon.

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  23. Kate T.W.
    Twitter: kate_tw

    I can relate to Michael- the 2 big writing projects I’m working on seem to suck the blog ideas out of my head. But this post is so inspiring to me. Makes me feel totally unstuck. A magic post. Thank you!

  24. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Kate T.W.: Kate, it can be a bit of a dance between the two… but when we get the balance right it really is magic :-)