I so badly want to blog full-time, but I just don’t want to be a sell-out. I need to make sure that I still have my integrity in tact. I told myself that if I ever get sponsors they will have to be products that I actually like and the ads have to be discrete and pretty. (Is that silly? I can hear B groaning, but I think men are different)
Moleskin immediately comes to mind. That would be one of my dream sponsors. Am I being totally unrealistic? Do you feel the same way? Do you have the same fears when it comes to trying to make money out of your blog?
I have been dithering quite a bit, when it comes to commercializing my blog. Dithering for 7 months in fact. Right now if this was a business and paying for a domain was like paying rent for a shop space, I am effectively loosing money. But the blog is my baby, and even so I would still do it. It’s a total labour of love.
I have a confession. I have not been responding yet to commercial enquiries and B told me that’s really bad. He says that it’s akin to having a shop and closing the door on the customer. I have to agree, reluctantly, and even though I want to make money, I am so afraid. Afraid that my readers will lose faith in me and that I will alienate them as that’s how I feel about blogs that are too commercialized and where every other post is an advertorial. Another fear is a common one. That of the unknown. The technical aspects that I am unsure of. I don’t even know what the market rate is, as this is a new field and most bloggers don’t reveal how much they charge. I will do some research into this and probably do a whole post on it soon. I do like the discovery process.
How I wish I could leave the business aspects of the blog to someone else and just concentrate on writing full-time. But on the other hand I’m a control freak and getting increasingly more so in mid-life. My real wish is to be a freelance writer and I guess that’s the wish of many a blogger. We blog in the first place because we can’t go a day without writing. Because writing is like breathing to us. And the best part about blogging is that you’re the editor, and you have total artistic control. If the blog sucks, I’m responsible for it too.
Would love your thoughts about this rarely talked about subject.