“Have you made anything from your blog yet?”
People offline who know about my blog don’t understand why I don’t use it to milk every drop of a dollar out of it that I possibly can since I’m “so good with that stuff”. “That stuff” refers to blogging, writing and computer stuff. It refers to understanding it enough to participate in the hype, or the fad.
“Why don’t you advertise?” “Why don’t you do that sponsor posts thing like you mentioned others do?” “Why don’t you link to ___ if they’re offering money?”
This, that, blah, blah, blah. I have tried to blog for that, I really have. I even tried offering advertising on my sidebar before quite a few times. I probably could have made something from it had I really milked it and paraded it around. I just wasn’t passionate about it enough. Money depresses me, and 6birds is my sanctuary. Why would I ever want to bring onto 6birds something so depressing like that when its purpose isn’t even to make money? They don’t understand it, and therefore it’s difficult to convince them that blogging is a hobby for me and that I can’t [for some reason] pull off making money with this hobby like fellow bloggers (i.e. Christine and Manda) can without coming across as sleazy.
I’ve received referrals to and from companies to have sponsored stuff on here, but it all boils down to the biggest problem: I can’t blog for money and/or other people, and bringing the requirement to please others to 6birds simply makes me resent it, the blog/domain/etc.. I already struggle with feeling as if I need to please people enough. I’d rather be able to do with 6birds as I please without having to keep up a link or two going to a sponsor’s site. I like keeping it flexible.
It’s probably a clusterfuck, but if I want to promote someone or something, I’m going to do in my words and make the anchor text what I would make it, not what is provided. And it’s because I want to. Incentives or not. No deadlines.
It’s just that 6birds is so personal to me. I don’t accept guest posts, and I’ve done a few interviews in the past (I do hope to do more eventually; I’m just bad at keeping up with emails). It’s a personal blog, and I am the only user of it. It’s just me. Me, me, me. I feel sleazy trying to sell something so dear to me just to make a quick few bucks.
And there’s just something about this that people offline can’t fathom. Of all the things I’m asked about my blog, this one I’m asked about the most. -.-