With Thanksgiving being this week, I have a lot to think about in the ways of being thankful when it comes to this blog… We get asked a lot of questions – all the time – about the blog. And you can take a look at the most frequently asked ones here. But the two most commonly asked questions Sally and I are asked are: 1) how did you come up with the name and, 2) what is the best part about having a blog. A Piece of Toast is a pretty strange name so that one is always kind of interesting to talk about (p.s. you can read about the naming here). But I especially like the second question… Mainly because it masks what people really want to know about blogs/bloggers: 1) why do you do this when it takes so much time and you don’t know who’s reading it, 2) is the best part making money and getting send stuff, 3) is the blog going to turn into your full time job some day.
Questions are good and I would much rather people ask than just make assumptions. Because Sally and I started this blog with no preconceived goals or intensions – we honestly just wanted to have a digital scrapbook that could store all our current likes, interest, shopping wish lists at any given time. We are creatives and it was therapeutic to start something that was disconnected from our days jobs and just for us. Of course we wanted people to read it though! We got attached to you readers very early on and even though we don’t know all of your middle names or where you are reading our blog from, we do feel connected to you and we like to know that when we write each day that you guys are the ones reading it.
Oh gosh, the monetary aspect and gratuitous products are something that does not happen as soon as you have a www.blog.com. Yes, we do make some money (no, it is not a lot and certainly not enough to quit our day jobs) but it is a nice “reward” to have when we put so much time, energy, and love into this blog. It makes me kind of sad when I first meet someone and they say, “I just started my blog yesterday and my hope is that it will become my full time job that will make me a ton of money!!” Most full time bloggers will tell you that it took them years to get to the point where financially they were able to devote all their time to their blog. And they will probably also tell you that they never started their blog with the intension of making money.
Bloging full time is not an easy gig – it usually means that a blogger’s email account explodes on a daily basis and that their content is 99% “original” and it takes a lot of time for them to create. They definitely don’t write one post a day and then chill at home in their sweatpants counting their money… As of right now, Sally and I don’t plan on some day making A Piece of Toast our one and only job. Never say never, but for now it’s not on our radar.
So, where is all this rambling going and what does it have to do with Thanksgiving? When it comes to A Piece of Toast, I am most thankful for the answer to the common question, “What is the best part about having a blog?” Answer: the connections with people. All the gifted products in the world could not compare to the friendships and relationships we have made with other bloggers, readers, and people at companies, brands, and PR firms. I hope you aren’t rolling your eyes thinking, “Psh, ya right” because I would never trade our readers if it meant making more money and I would take friendships over free stuff every day.
During the interview process for my current new job, I was told that all employees completed an assment each year to gauage how happy they were in the work environment. One of the questions of the survey was: do you have a best friend at work? The person I was talking to at the time said, “That should give you a pretty good idea of what the culture here is like.” And it did – because work is work and yes, you always want to like what you are doing – but friendships and relationships are such a powerful part of being happy and liking what you do. Who doesn’t want to walk into work every day excited to see their work best friend? I kept thinking about that and it made me realize what I already knew, that I enjoy having the blog so much because I get to do it with my best friend and sister and because it has led to so many friendships and connections I never would have had otherwise. I get lonely just thinking about who would not be in my life had we not decided to go for it 2 years ago.
When it comes to the blog, I am so incredibly thankful that what was once just a hobby has become the link to knowing amazing individuals. You friends (yes, you readers are my friends) make me so happy. And it doesn’t even have to be the week of Thanksgiving for me to realize it
(Image via Jamie Beck, From Me To You)