This is a post I’ve been putting off..oh..for months? Ever since I started trying to diversify my blogging income and started sponsored posts (gasp!) this year, I’ve wanted to talk to you guys about the mindset behind all of this.
Money + Blogging.
It’s a tricky thing to talk about. It’s kind of awkward and even taboo among some bloggers. (thus stalling on writing a post about it.) Some view it as “selling out” but others criticize bloggers for not taking their blogs seriously and for not taking money for product reviews.
With the conflicting ideas out there…let’s talk about why I decided to make money blogging.
Why Try to Make Money Blogging?
1. Blogging takes a lot of time.
For me, anyways. So much time that it’s like a part-time job. There is recipe creation (and recipe fails), foodie photography, life photography (wait—I need to take a picture for the blog!), social media, site maintenance (or me frantically e-mailing Julie—HELP!! I BROKE IT AGAIN!), photo editing, networking, reading and supporting other blogs and then of course actually putting together the post.
If you are one of those bloggers that can put together a post in a hour and it’s no big deal, God bless you. That’s just not me.
Don’t get me wrong—I still find writing and picture-taking and social media-izing to be fun. This is definitely a creative outlet as well as a cheap form of therapy, not to mention all of the friends I’ve made along the way! (See why I love and hate blogging here.)
With the amount of time I put into the blog (and the fact that I had not been offered a book deal yet—ha! thanks Julie + Julia for unrealistic expectations!) I decided I’d try to make some money by placing a couple of ads onto the site a couple of years ago. Google ads it was! And I started making pennies a day. (I cannot tell you how excited I got when my first check came in the mail!)
Blogging takes a lot of time and is a free service to the readers, so I feel it’s okay to try to make money doing it.
2. The Ability to Be Self-Employed.
I’ve always wanted to work for myself, but I just never knew how to go about it exactly. I tried after high school with an “opportunity” (slash pyramid scheme) for about three years and even after leaving that endeavor, I could never quite get it out of my head that I wanted to do something on my own.
You could also say that with my personality (semi-introverted) that working by myself in my home is a good thing for me. I do need to socialize, but not as much as those extroverts out there. You know who you are.
Blogging is a great opportunity to work for yourself by doing what you love to do.