There’s nothing quite like a pandemic to focus your attention on the important things in your life.
And when I did the exercise of identifying the important things in my creative life (after identifying the personal things – like my patient partner and kids- that were my cornerstones) maintaining and expanding a garden website wasn’t anywhere near the top of the creative list of things I truly wanted to accomplish.
I’ll write about those top-of-the-list things in future posts, but this one is about saying goodbye to a major part of my life.
I have a garden website with well over 800 posts (and another 1000 in my files to upload) but a quick analysis (it didn’t take very long) showed it was a money-loser.
The ads on the site generate (perhaps) 50 cents a day and at this rate, I’m surely not getting rich for the work of adding or maintaining this site. It barely pays for the website hosting.
- Note I deleted the “contact me” form as it was generating 15-20 spam notes a day (and increasing)
- I also deleted the newsletter system. There’s little point in paying for and maintaining/writing a newsletter if I’m mothballing the site.
- And yes, the brave adventure of having the comments enabled ended with the incessant spam posts and inappropriate comments.
To Be Clear
- I’m not shutting down DougGreensGarden.
- Readers can still search for articles and find answers to their questions using the search function.
- Google will keep it in the index and I’ll update/rebuild one post a month to keep Google happy.
- But it’s no longer part of my daily work.
This Means I’m Now 90% Retired As A Garden Writer
My garden writing time will be spent writing or maintaining ebook sales.
What About Social Media?
What about it? Seriously. I haven’t been truly active there in the last year.
Facebook? I have north of 5000 likes/followers but Facebook only shows any given post to a few hundred. (Unless I pay for advertising of course.)
Twitter? Haven’t been there, don’t intend to go there. But yes, I ‘own’ @douggreen
Youtube? It takes a goodly amount of time to make a video and for the tens of dollars I make in advertising there, again it’s not really worth the effort.
Remember, if you don’t own the platform, it’s simply digital sharecropping (Building your content on somebody else’ platform. And when you don’t control the platform, you live by their rules.)
So it’s been a good run. The last few years weren’t a lot of fun as the big sites (like Facebook) sucked the joy, traffic and advertising from the little guys like myself.
When it’s no longer fun or profitable, I get to ask myself why I’m spending my time garden writing.
I just couldn’t come up with a good reason.
So it’s time to follow other dreams. Time to discover other horizons of the joy of creation. Time to spend time on the important things in life while I still can.
And it’s those things I will continue to explore here.
Thanks for reading and if you do want to follow me on these next adventure, the email updates form is here.