Hm. That’s a good question.
Here’s where I’m at…
You know when you have a nagging feeling about something but you don’t want to admit it so you write it off & keep truckin’ along?
It keeps popping up however & you think about it for a minute but still don’t listen?
That’s how I’ve been feeling for several weeks about my blogging setup. It’s become increasingly clear that it’s just not the right path for me to keep doing the radio station blog in addition to LPM. I was doing 8-10 posts a week in my ‘free time’, which if you have kids you know what that consists of, & for weeks I’ve been wondering, is this the right path? Am I trying to do too much & the content is suffering? Maybe I’d be better off just doing one blog & be able to really dedicate myself to it?
Well, I kept ignoring that nagging feeling & thought if I could just persist through…but still, something didn’t feel right. It started to feel like I wasn’t doing any of my blogs justice & worst of all, I was getting so overwhelmed it was affecting my #1 job as Sam & Sophie’s mom.
At the same time, just like any blogger who’s honest with herself, I’ve always thought it’d be great to actually make some money blogging but until now I hadn’t found a way that didn’t feel like selling out. At least not for me. Until about a month ago when I was approached by a fantastic publishing group that focuses on crafters. But more about that in a minute…
Combine that paid opportunity with some other doors closing & that nagging little voice inside & it became crystal clear what was best for me & my family was to stick with solely blogging at Little Pink Monster. (not to say I won’t still do some freelance writing here & there but this will be my blog home)
I am I absolutely in love with blogging here. It’s why I’ve done it unpaid for the past 4 years. I do hope however that I can eventually grow my blogging into a career. My girls will be in school full time before I know it & I’d really like this to be how I ‘go back to work’. While we’re being completely honest I’ll put it out there & say it would make my dreams come true if I could do some TV work as the go-to-‘mommy/diy blogger’ in the DC area. That’s the dream. For now however I need to listen to what God has made very clear & be ok with taking a different path to get there. Faith, patience & trust. Not my most natural qualities but perhaps that’s the whole purpose of this life lesson I seem to be in the middle of learning.
“Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed so you could open one that leads you to your perfect road” -Katy Perry, Fireworks
It’s so hokey to quote song lyrics, much less a pop song, but I’m sorry, I belt that in my van AND IT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER. Screw you Russell!
So about those sponsored posts…
I can see you rolling your eyes now, “Oh no, another good blog bites the dust” but I promise you my friend, it won’t be like that. I’ll be different, I swear! I’m not like those other guys!
Seriously though, I’ve turned down many previous sponsorship offers because they just didn’t fit. I’m quite certain you have no interest in an entire post on the hot new sink faucet of 2012. To make $75 off of it but lose you as a reader isn’t worth it. They would be worthless commercials that just water down the good stuff. That’s however exactly what I think is so fantastic about this new publishing network…it’s all crafting companies! For example, in the next month you’re going to see a post about a tie-dye project I’m working on. That company is going to pay me a fee to review their product & come up with a project for them. It’s a sponsor that makes sense for LPM & the post I write for them isn’t just for the sake of making a buck, it’s actually good content. Something I would’ve written about anyway.
Makes a dent in my blogging costs while still being an entertaining post for you. Win, win.
Does that sound ok? I want you to be honest with me. I can’t begin to stress how valuable your readership is to me & I need you to know that I respect you & your time with the utmost sincerity. I hate when bloggers are obviously being paid but aren’t up front about it. I will always disclose when I’m being paid by a product, no shadiness. Promise.
Also these posts for now look they’ll be no more than 1 or 2 a month…
So that’s it. Whew. Glad I got it off my chest. I’ve been really stressing about it. I don’t know why though.
Oh well, regardless, I feel better.
Now if you’ll excuse me, my hot dog phone is ringing.