Sometimes I blog for money.
I feel like a prostitute writing that out. Oh my! And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, here’s the deal…
I’ve seen a few posts addressing the issue of authenticity and accepting sponsored posts and figured I’d touch on the subject. I entered blog land so I could keep my friends and family up-to-date while living abroad, but always had the intention of attempting to do this full-time. Who doesn’t want to make money by rambling all over the Internet, and when you’re offered $60-$200 to publish a single post on your website, who in their right mind would turn that down?! Well, maybe someone with more self-control than me, but I’m not working right now and I’d like to contribute in some way. My badass husband can’t make all of the monies in this household; therefore, I have decided to blog for money.
Now when a company emails me, I usually only accept if it’s something my readers would be interested in. I’ve discussed mineral makeup because I have skin issues, and I’ve published posts regarding cruises, Hawaii, Marriott hotels, and other vacation destinations because this is a predominantly travel-based website. But I’ve also written about tampons. GASP — I was one of those bloggers. I wrote about tampons because I tend to overshare on Twitter when it’s that time of the month anyway. I always try and write sponsored posts in my own voice and hopefully people will get a laugh because of them, and if not? They can skip them. It’s as easy as that!
I find that I usually go on sponsored post binges when I have nothing to say, or if I’m too busy to post. These past couple of weeks have been filled with them because we’re preparing to move from Boston to Northern Virginia, plus I’m trying to figure out the direction of this blog so I haven’t been inspired. Without sponsored posts filling in the gaps, I’m certain I’d probably disappear for weeks. Sometimes you need a break from writing and sponsored posts do this for me; I don’t have to think when I’m writing a sponsored post! Plus, like I said, it’s an easy way to make extra cash.
Long story short, I don’t feel bad about publishing sponsored posts and using my blog for money. The posts are usually informative and I have been using the money to purchase furniture for our home (yippee!). But how do you feel?
Would you ever blog for money?
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