Why Would You Try to Make Money Blogging?

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.

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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.)

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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. Winking smile

Blogging is a great opportunity to work for yourself by doing what you love to do.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw this bad boy coming. And by bad boy, I mean the pumpkin spice latte deliciocity that is this caffeinated smoothie. This caffeinated pumpkin spice protein drink is sure to give you the boost you need in the morning, after a workout and even makes a tasty afternoon snack.

Eating and Staying Active Back Home in Nebraska

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We made it back to Nebraska this past weekend! There was much eating, drinking and laughing and I even managed to stay active!

Snickerdoodle Cashew Nut Butter

snickerdoodle cashew nut butter via @semihealthnut at semihealthyblog.com

Oh am I excited to share this recipe with you! I’ve tried this delightful homemade nut butter recipe out a couple of times and each time I basically ate the whole jar in a day. What can I say? The nutty roasted, salted cashews swirled together with cinnamon and vanilla turn me into a nut butter monster.

I told myself I had to sample for the blog…but I will admit that I just wanted an excuse to eat it by the spoonful.

You can smother this delicious homemade nut butter on toast, a banana, or spoon it into some oatmeal (or your mouth..). You might want to make a double batch if there is more than one person in your household who eats nut butter. Dave is still a little wary of anything other than Jif. Which is just fine by me.

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GF Pumpkin Spice Browned Butter Protein Bites

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These pumpkin spice browned butter protein bites are everything fall and healthy wrapped into one little package. They are absolutely decadent with the browned butter and brown sugar plus they will fill your kitchen with the spiced smells of Thanksgiving. The added vegan protein powder (Skoop of course!), granola and banana give it a healthy boost in addition to the many health benefits of the star ingredient: pumpkin.

Turkey Enchiladas with Fire Roasted Tomatoes


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[ Did You Know #8 ] Nutrition, Health + Fitness Link-Up

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It can be tips and tricks, it can be something new you learned, it can even be your current half-marathon training plan.

If you are a healthy living or fitness blogger, you probably already have a dozen posts you could link-up—please do so! I look forward to these posts each month because I always learn so much from you guys.

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We aren’t talking pumpkin spice quite yet, but trust me..these last couple of weeks here in Minnesota have been a bit brisk so far. At least for summer.

Before we know it the leaves will start turning shades of bright red, gold and fire orange…but for now, it’s still summer! We still want to remain active no matter the season. Whether you are headed back to school now or are just in an end-of-the-summer funk, rest assured there is still plenty of time to get active outdoors!

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25 semi healthy dessert recipes via @semihealtnut at semihealtyblog.com

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I’m pretty sure that’s what 75% of the recipes on this blog are…semi- healthy dessert recipes! That’s why I got super excited when one of this month’s Foodie Collection themes was “Healthy Twist on Classic Desserts.”

These recipes could be used for some last minute Labor Day ideas or even as some goodies to bring to your next tailgating party. Trust me, no one will turn away a peach cobbler..especially topped with icecream!

Skoop Giveaway + Frozen Strawberry Protein Frappuccino

frozen strawberry protein frappuccino in mason jar via @semihealthnut at semihealthyblog.com

I am a tad obsessed with this new protein Frappuccino I’ve been whipping up with Skoop protein powder as of late. And a tad obsessed with the Skoop protein itself and all of its marvelous ingredients.

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Double Chocolate Frozen Banana Soft Serve

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Super easy, healthy and decadent frozen banana dessert. You won’t even believe how amazing this tastes.

Help Me Brainstorm

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Help me figure some things out. Or at least let me brainstorm a little.

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I had a blast visiting friends and eating at a variety of delicious restaurants in Chicago. Check em out!