According to data from Technorati, there are:
- 113 million blogs, 7.5 million of which are active,
- 175,000 new blogs created every day,
- 184 million bloggers writing 570,000 posts daily, reaching 70% of web surfers.
The vast majority of these are considered “hobby” blogs as opposed to professional ones. OPEN Mike falls into the former category—although cancer isn’t a hobby I’d recommend. My blog doesn’t make money and I don’t spend time marketing it or trying to grow my readership.
Like most blogs, OPEN Mike grows out of, and feeds on, personal experience. From the beginning I have focused on three areas that are important to me:
- cancer and healthy living
- spiritual questions
- writing as vocation
Those who originally came here were relatives or friends concerned about my health. They were followed by cancer patients and their families looking for firsthand information. But what lies ahead? Should I take it to the next level?
Can I grow my audience beyond these vested readers? What would it take to turn pro? In addition to spending more time and some money, I would probably need to:
- narrow my focus – to which topic(s)?
- increase the content – how many posts a week?
- look for advertisers – what type of goods or services?
I’d love to hear what you think. Participate in my future by posting a comment.
PS – nothing extraordinary on my recent PET scan. I get checked again in June.