Hello friends, this is one of those posts that I am a bit scared to write, but in the spirit of openness and honesty, I feel you deserve an heads-up.
I want to talk to you about commercialization of blogs. Of this blog in particular. Many blogs have added ways to make some money lately, and although most of us understand the need and wish to do so, it isn’t really a popular thing to do, is it? Somehow blogging for fun and blogging for money seem to be contradictory things. But are they?
I have thought so much about this lately and I have come to the conclusion that for me a little money mixed in would ensure that the fun could stay around.
I think it won’t come as a surprise that I spent a lot of time on this blog. Time doing projects, photographing them, processing the photos, writing posts and sharing in the community that blogging is. It all takes up a lot of time. Time I am not spending working in my professional career. At this point in my career I am working part time, and loving it, especially because it allows me to follow my heart and blog.
But we have a house, with a big mortgage and My Love’s ‘solid as a rock’ job, is threatening to become a lot less secure in the future. My contribution to the household finances is vital, so the safe thing to do would be to accept my bosses offer for more academic hours.
But I love blogging and creating so much. I love that I have found my creative side again, I love the creativity, the sharing, the inspiration, the friendship and the kick in the booty blogging gives me. My blog has never felt like WORK, it can be a lot of hard work at times, but it always feels like playing.
So in the end it came down to a simple choice for me. Work more hours at my job and blog less, or blog more and better, but make some money by doing that.
So hear is what I am will/ plan to do in the near future:
- Open an Etsy shop and share some of my vintage treasure hunting bounty. This way my flea market hobby can hopefully pay for itself a bit, so it won’t have to come out off the household budget.
- Add an ad network to my blog and see whether that will help me keep blogging
- Open up my blog for sponsor opportunities.
I promise you that I WILL NOT do the following:
- Blog for the money. The money will always be a means to an end and not the goal itself.
- Change the content and feel of this blog (unless it is for the better of course)
- Say or write anything other than my true opinion.
- And most of all, stay true to myself and dedicated to you, my readers.
So my goal is to continue to hopefully provide you with good content, lots of inspiration, some fun and a sense of community and do my very best to get better at all of these things all the time. Going commercial on Songbird is meant to keep me blogging and support my content and never the other way around.
I am sure it will be a steep learning curve and I promise to share what I learn with you, as long as you promise to let me know (friendly please, I am already scared witless typing this) when I am making a wrong turn.
So will you love me tomorrow?
With much love,