I work hard on my blog (as I know you do too!). I take time to think about and plan (most of the time) my posts and it takes me a while to write them out and edit as necessary. My theme weeks take a lot of planning ahead to make recipes and take photos so I can keep them pretty and fun. Since I usually post at least one recipe a week, that requires a lot of baking and cooking and several photos to get the "right shot." And there's the usual bloggy maintenance and promotion, of course. I also spend my own money on some of the giveaways (like the Fall Fruits Festival) and the shipping.
Though my blog is a hobby that I really enjoy, I do feel (and hubs heartily agrees) that I have come to a point where I need to be reimbursed for some of my time and expenses (giveaways) in order to justify continuing at the same pace. Now I am not looking to get rich here - LOL!! If I could figure out a way to make even $50 a month, that would do it and I would be delighted! If I can't do that, I may have to cut out a couple days a week so that blogging truly stays in the "hobby" category rather than slipping into the "job" category.
I have had some ideas and would like to hear what you think and any ideas you might have! Here are some of my ideas:
- Offer inexpensive ad packages (including button display, blog post, and twitter promotion) to companies that I personally feel good about.
- Join an ad network or networks.
- Do paid admin work or get paid to write posts/columns for another blog or site.
- Start an Etsy shop selling some of my homemade goodies.
Have any of you come to this point before on your blogs? What did you do?
Hmmm...that was kind of a serious post. I think you should be rewarded with chocolate! Stop by tomorrow for Chocolate Friday and I'll share my latest Nutella Challenge recipe creation! Link up your chocolate posts too so there's plenty of chocolate to go around!
Thanks for putting up with my post today and I look forward to your feedback! Hugs to all!
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