Blogging, like motherhood, is very rewarding, but not a high return-on-investment gig.
In the seven months since I started this blog, I’ve made about $30 from people who have purchased things on Amazon through my site (mostly my in-laws; thank you!). I’ve spent, give or take, 450 hours working on this blog directly, and at least a thousand more doing all the garden and food things that I write about. But let’s just count the direct time: my blog has earned me about 6 cents an hour.
Now, I don’t do this for the money (clearly), but I’m not opposed to a little bonus for my labor, either. In the blogging world, turning your digital brainchild into a profit-center is called “monetizaion.” One way to monetize is to link up with Amazon to sell stuff. I have, and am thrilled to get that 4% commission when someone buys something I can wholeheartedly recommend. I feel like it’s a win-win.
One can also host Google Ads on their blog. With all due respect to my fellow bloggers (and this includes my husband) who opt to monetize with AdWords, I’ve never liked the look or feel or the fact that stuff I don’t endorse can pop right up. Homebrew Husband wrote a thoughtful and rather poignant post on his blog about turning 40 recently – and right next to it was this ad:
I think that pretty much says it all. What crap. So, since I don’t like seeing those poorly-matched, periodically offensive ads popping up at me, I don’t subject my readers to them.
I got an email the other day from a woman who wanted me to put a link to a for-profit, online school in my blog. She was very nice, and was willing to pay me $40 for a post with two links. $40 would more than double the financial return I’ve seen from my blog. Now, she wasn’t suggesting I link to a porn site or anything, but nothing about her site was something I thought my readers could benefit from. I had to pass.
So that brings me to the latest addition to the right-hand side bar: the Tip Jar. I hate, hate, hate asking for things, but if you find some of what I put up here on Northwest Edible Life helpful or entertaining, and if you want to say thanks for the effort it takes to keep this site going, a buck or two donation would be tremendously appreciated.
This isn’t a pledge drive, and it sure as heck isn’t an obligation. All the stuff on the site is freely available to all. But if it’s in your budget to do so (No Spend Month people – don’t you dare!), and you wouldn’t think twice about subscribing to a magazine or buying a new book with equivalent information to what you’ll find on this blog, please consider tipping your friendly local blogger.
Or, if you happen to work for Territorial Seed, or Raintree Nursery, and you want to sponsor me to continue to talk about how much I love you, drop me a line. If you don’t, I’ll keep talking about how much I love you anyway.
My friend and fellow blogger Calamity Jane over at Apron Stringz inspired this move to monetize our way (hopefully a kinder, gentler way than Mature Singles Only!), and she and I are launching our Tip Jars together. I think we both felt it would be easier to jump into this pool of uncertainty (“But will they hate us if we ask for a dollar?!?”) if we closed our eyes and held hands as we lept. So there it is.
Thanks to all my readers. Really no pressure. If you tip, or not, please know how much I value everyone who takes the time to read, to comment, and to share. Even at 6 cents an hour, this gig is well worth it because of ya’ll.