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What has blogging given me?

Justin Shattuck hit me up with a new meme that’s been started. It’s only two layers deep at the moment which is unusual since I nearly always seem to be tagged right at the end of a memes life. I know it’s a meme and they seem to be frowned upon these days, but I thought it was interesting so am going to carry it on anyway.

David Peralty from David Cubed says:

Justin says:

As a blogger, the opportunity to reflect and share the material and non-material rewards from such ventures is interesting. This discussion may seem like bragging, I agree with David in hoping that these threads inspire individuals to keep writing and reap similar rewards.

And whilst I agree with the sentiment I can’t help but feel a little jealous. I like to think I have gained from blogging. I have made some new friends (albeit online), I have made some pocket money (adverts and what not), and I have learnt an awful lot but stuff – I haven’t received any free stuff. How on earth do people get Laptop computers, Digital cameras and all these other bits and bobs?

  • … Thinking about it I have received a number of free video games because of Binary Joy, my video gaming blog.
  • … and I was accepted into 9rules, twice, so I have gained friends, knowledge, and readers from there as well.
  • … and Regulus has done far better than I ever imagined so I have gained readership and a small handful of donations which are really appreciated.
  • … and I am number 10 in technorati (not that that’s worth anything… it just makes me feel good :) )
  • … and I am going to have an article published in .Net magazine in the not too distant future – although that was a combination of blogging AND my day job – so maybe it doesn’t count?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that whilst I haven’t gained the physical items that others have (I wouldn’t turn down anything if there’s stuff going begging though) I have managed to come out on top – and I certainly won’t be stopping anytime soon!

Now my turn to spread the meme a little further …

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  1. The stuff is not free, it was just paid for thanks to blogging…(i.e. from ad revenue or sponsorships and whatnot.)

    Great list though. 9rules and friends… I only have one of those. :) So you’ve one-upped me. I love your blogs btw.

  2. Oh ok – I misunderstood. I was under the impression that you got given them in return for reviews and that sort of thing. In that case I am much less jealous :)

    And thanks for the kind words as well.

  3. Ben,

    The first blockquote, you quoted what I said, as David’s words. I was quoting David’s words originally — think there might be some confusion :)

  4. I didn’t go into very deep detail relating my goods to blogging. I received a hefty check for a project that came about via my blog. I purchased the Yukon Denali with that check. My benefits from blogging are not all from advertisements or free goodies, merely payment for projects coming out of my blog and thus reaping some benefits.

    I do not want to go full-time blogger, so the extra money buys extra things per se. I am jealous of your top 10 technorati…

  5. David – oops sorry. I have edited the post above. I misunderstood the whole gifts versus earning thing as well. I can’t have been thinking straight when I wrote this post methinks.

    As for my technorati rank… that’s all down to Regulus :)

  6. Its all good. :) Yeah, WordPress themes work wonders for Technorati…You should work on another one. ;)

    I’d still love one of those 9rules leaves at some point in my life.

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