Lately I’ve been thinking about honesty. It is something I value so much and I always strive to be honest on the blog. Both because I try to be honest in my life overall and definitely feel I owe you all my honest thoughts on whatever I’m writing about but also because I owe it to myself to be honest. I thought today I’d spend a little time talking about a few things that have been on my mind lately. Abby’s been doing this awesome series on sponsored posts and it just got me thinking about things like ads and sponsored posts and the costs of blogging. And though I share my numbers (you can see my February report here), I don’t talk too much about that stuff.
So here are a few of my honest blogging thoughts…
- I love writing. I love processing my thoughts through words on a page and I’ve kept some kind of journal almost my whole life. I would still blog if I never made another dime from it.
- That being said, when you decide to take blogging a bit more seriously, it starts to cost some money. My initial jump into sponsored posts and ads was an attempt to make some of that money back. Then I realized I could try and turn the blog into earning a small side income, which would be awesome.
- What some of you all probably don’t realize, is that once your blog starts getting a little bit of traction, you start getting a lot of pitches. I probably get anywhere from three to five emails (and sometimes many more) a day from someone asking me to promote XYZ product, share about this race, or fill in the blank. Probably 95% of those emails get deleted. Some of the pitches are good, but just not something I’d ever use and so I wouldn’t blog about it. A good example of this is protein powder. I’ve recently received a number of pitches to blog about a leading protein powder. The most recent protein powder pitch I received was an offer of free product and $150 for a blog post. However, I’ve never actually used protein powder and currently I have no interest in trying it. That may change in the future, but right now, that’s where I am. So I of course turned down that offer. If you had told me two years ago, I’d be turning down $150 sponsored post offers, I would’ve laughed. But the truth is, it’s not about the money. It’s about being real and authentic.
- I know some folks hate ads and sponsored posts and that’s totally your prerogative. I personally don’t mind them as long as they are done well. I understand that blogs cost money and don’t begrudge anyone the opportunity to make a little money on their blog. I also know just how much time it takes to write a sponsored post, promote it and such – so I appreciate the work. I will say that I don’t like when every post is a sponsored post – but I don’t really read blogs that do that, so I don’t have to worry about that as much.
- Finally, I just wanted to share that I really appreciate those of you who read this blog. I read each and every comment and always strive to hit each of the blogs that links up with us for the Friday Five. I’m not always successful (for example, this past weekend I was moving so I was DEFINITELY unsuccessful) but I always try. I’ve made so many awesome friends from this community and that’s what keeps me blogging.
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What are a few of your honest blogging thoughts today?