sometimes i blog for money

Blog for money

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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Filed Under: Blogging, Blogging Advice47 Comments
  • http://www.themarriedme.com/ Whitney Morris

    I don’t blame people as long as they are in moderation. As a reader I get kind of annoyed when its a mass campaign (most recently Moroccan oil) because I see it on like 5 blogs within the same week. That is annoying. But I get why people write for money and I don’t blame them for that.

  • http://luyoutravel.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Georgian

    I think it is absolutely fine as long as you stay true to your goals. It is your blog so your decision!

  • Kristyn Carlin

    I don’t blame you for sponsored posts either. I would do it if I had the pageviews for it. I wouldn’t do every campaign, but I would do some for some extra monies.

    And yes, it’s annoying when there are like 6 or 7 bloggers posting things (tampons and sharpies) within the same week. I usually skip all of those when I see them.

  • http://www.sunshine2thesquareinch.blogspot.com/ Beka Johnson

    I can understand where you are coming from. Honestly, I enjoy ‘from the heart’ posts more but life is life and sponsored posts are necessary. I like that some of your sponsored posts offer giveaways and I really enjoyed the one about Hawaii. I don’t know how people are inspired 24/7 to blog?

    On a completely different random note I was at TJ Maxx in Boise, ID yesterday and they have some of the most beautiful rugs and I thought “oh man, Postcards from Rachel would love these. They had gray ones with some shimmer. It sounds really weird but they were beautiful =) Maybe the TJ Maxx where you live will have some more rugs.

    Hope your move and decorating goes well and I’m glad you have some extra cash to buy fun things for your forever home.

  • http://happypreyyblog.com/ Kimberley Tobin

    I totally get it! I also like to do sponsored posts for a bit of a brain break and a few extra dollars in my pocket. And I actually really like reading sponsored posts written by other bloggers because it helps me find new things and products that I would probably enjoy and because I love to see what my favorite bloggers are getting some business!

  • http://www.noorsplace.com/ Noor Unnahar

    That’s TOTALLY fine. Sponsored posts are like a T.V commercial , you can’t blame the channel for bringing it up. Just because it’s about money. If you’re googling for a certain product and find a review on a blog , wouldn’t it be awesome to read an honest insight? (in case that post IS a good one)

  • Tara Howisey

    You blog in such a sincere, personal style that I don’t think many folks mind. :) You provide so much value, it’s no biggie to post up for cash every once in a while.

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  • http://desertgirlsvintage.blogspot.com/ Lori and Rebecca

    I don’t have any problem with people doing sponsored posts, especially since I think so many bloggers (and all the ones that I follow) really only do posts of products they can relate to or for companies/brands that are meaningful to them or their readers. Like you said, if someone does not like it, they can skip that post!
    Lori

  • http://tothedayslikethis.blogspot.co.uk/ Sammy Dorn

    I think this is totally fine. I like reading sponsored posts because there is usually some originality in it

  • BlushandBarbells

    I would totally accept money for sponsored posts. A girl has to pay her hosting fees, right? Plus it’s a good way to make sure you’ve got content for a day when you might not otherwise feel like blogging.

  • http://she-travels.net/ Chantal

    I don’t see the problem, if it’s relevant for your website and your readers react well to it why not do it. I got offers to have posts on my website by companies, the problem is they want to write and post it for me instead of me doing it, so I’m a little worried about that. Any tips on how to go about those offers would be appreciated :)

  • Brianna DePauw

    You go girl! Seriously, that’s awesome that you can get paid to blog! I would love to have that opportunity! Don’t let anyone make you feel bad!

  • http://www.ericajacquline.com/ Erica Jacquline

    If you can make money writing posts I say go for it. I would love to make money to write a post about a company I like :)

  • http://www.freeborboleta.com/ Fran

    I say go for it, like you said, if I don’t find a post interesting, I skip it. That said, it does get a tiny bit annoying when every post is sponsored (not saying you do this but I’ve seen bloggers fall in this trap) and that’s just not fun to read but every once in a while? Why not! Make that money!

  • http://www.scatteredseashells.com/ Chantal

    I blog for money. I’m like you, I’ll whore out my blog for $125 for one post. Doesn’t bother me ;)

  • http://blog.lixhewett.com/ Lix Hewett

    I feel pretty much exactly the same way you do, except I’m not so much trying to contribute to the household as I am trying to like, not have my electricity cut off and eventually move out. Money is cool and people who judge for-profit bloggers make me want to write a long-ass rant deconstructing all the privilege that goes into that attitude and telling them, step by step, why they’re dead wrong.

  • Anathalia Santos

    I haven’t blogged for money, but as long as the blogger’s sponsored posts are truthful I don’t see a problem.

  • http://www.northernbellediaries.com/ Lisette

    I am so glad you wrote about this. I’ve been feeling the same way. You and I are both not working right now and those posts help pay bills.

    Also, I find it utterly ridiculous that people complain about bloggers having sponsored posts. TV shows have commercials. How is it fair that we who basically write for free (and those of us who pay yearly hosting fees) aren’t compensated? It’s not.

    Just like your favorite TV shows have commercials, your favorite blogs have sponsored posts. It’s just the nature of the beast. I like reading sponsored posts, for whatever it’s worth :)

    Loved this post!

  • sara elizabeth

    I’ve certainly blogged for money and without much shame either! I’m a member of the Clever Girls Collective and have done two campaigns (including the *gasp* tampons one) and as well as written about a college textbook company once per semester. Going along with what you’ve said, they’ve all been relevant to my blog! I see no problem with writing posts for money if they’re relevant to your interests, especially since I’m a broke college girl :)

  • http://www.therandomwritings.com/ Rachel G

    I think sponsored posts can be done well, and creatively! I think it’s a bit sad when it’s too obvious that the blogger is just taking the easy way out and not putting much thought or effort into a sponsored post–but I love it when I stumble across a good post that simply happens to be sponsored!

  • http://www.creatricemondial.com/ Amy Lynne Hayes

    I’ve definitely accepted sponsored posts!! I have also turned down companies that I felt weren’t a good fit for my brand. For example, a coupon site. I couldn’t put a spin on it that I personally connected with, so I felt my readers wouldn’t either. It’s a balance, but at the end of the day it’s business too. Our time is valuable, so why wouldn’t we accept opportunities to be paid for this? :)

  • Jackie

    I am a teacher. I love teaching. I love my students. I love my subjects. I teach because I.love.teaching! But I do it for the money too, big time. That’s real and that’s life. So is blogging and writing for money. Good for you for finding a way to make money doing something you love. Not a lot of people have that figured out.

  • Kaileigh Stumpe

    I have no problem blogging for money. Blogging is my hobby and if I can make a little bit of extra income through it, then I am totally game. The way I see it is that as long as the majority of the posts on a blog are the blogger’s own, then who cares about a sponsored post every once in a while?

    • Kaileigh Stumpe

      Also, I’m going to link this post on my Weekly Round Up because I cannot agree more with you.

  • Molly Kay

    You go girl!! Extra income is great and if you can do that while doing your hobby… BONUS!! Someday I hope I’m able to blog full time!

  • http://letuswanderlust.blogspot.com/ Carly Herring

    I say you go girl!! I would absolutely love to get paid for a post every now and then and I think if you get the opportunity, why not?! Don’t let anyone make you feel bad because that is sooo not fair! Carly

  • http://www.lifesajournee.com/ Elicia Shepard

    all I wanna say is #getitgirl :)

  • Johlet

    I just stumbled upon your blog! Love it! I’m a travel / lifestyle blogger all the way from sunny South Africa. :)
    And I would also blog for money. If it’s something I relate to!

  • http://www.earthtojade.com/ Jade @ Earth to Jade

    I really used to be against sponsored posts because it was always the same blogs peddling the same crap & quite honestly, I knew those bloggers were better than that. I don’t always read sponsored posts, but I will defend the right for anyone who wants to commercialise their blog now because of reasons like yours. I toyed with the idea of going sponsored last year, but realised that I don’t have the pageviews yet. Hopefully sometime in 2014!

  • Vanishing Point

    Ive no issues with it as long as there is mention that the particular post im reading is sponsored – its what i would do.

  • http://www.prettymayhem.com/ Pearl – Pretty Mayhem

    I think it’s totally fine to do sponsored posts as long as they relate in some way to your blog and audience. I think that perhaps people don’t always understand that blogs are no longer just hobbies nowadays but real businesses which is why they get annoyed when they see ads and sponsored posts. At the end of the day though you have to make a living like everyone else and it’s unfair for people to keep on expecting free content!

    ps. all the best with your move x

  • http://www.frontiere-girl.blogspot.com Danielle

    Interesting topic! I don’t see a problem with it as long as it’s made clear; like you said, people don’t have to read if they aren’t interested. I’m very new to blogging but I am totally open to sponsored posts but I would always strive to ensure my personality shines through as I think it would just be boring and totally transparent otherwise. Danielle x
    frontiere-girl.blogspot.com

  • http://www.megoonthego.com/ Meg O.

    I am all for sponsored posts. It’s okay to get a reward for something that we so passionately love to do. And yes, posts that work within the scope of your blog are even better. I am the same way – pick and choose things that work for me and my audience.

  • http://thesensiblestyle.com/ Amanda Irel

    I’ve posted some sponsored articles on TheSensibleStyle.com, but I always mention that the post is sponsored. It really bothers me when bloggers act like they get tons of things for free, but don’t share that the reason they’re posting about it is because they were paid to do so.

  • Kirsty Yule

    I think it’s fine :). I think as long as there is a healthy mix of both and it includes things you are passionate about, then go for it. You’re right, sometimes you do need a little break. Especially if blogging is your full time job. We all need days off now and then.
    Kirsty x
    http://www.kirsty-y.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    I agree that sponsored posts are ok as long as they aren’t 100% of the content and if they’re written in your own voice. I have done them as well and it’s a great way to get some money back from the insane amount of time that blogging takes up.

  • http://traveleatrepeat.net/ Robert Wareham

    I don’t think there’s any problem with publishing sponsored posts. Well, as long as you provide an honest opinion, of course. If somebody wants you to review something that’s relevant to your blog, or your readers may be interested in, and they’ll pay you to do it, I think it’d be mad not to. As you say, it also lets you take a break and it must feel pretty good to have a created a blog that people will willingly pay to be featured on! :)

  • http://stampinmypassport.blogspot.com/ Jess Boyd

    I am perfectly fine with sponsored posts, but I think honesty, transparency and relevance are key. The one area I’m a little iffy about writing and reading are posts that companies want to write themselves and have you publish verbatim. I guess it must be all of the journalism classes I had to take that causes those posts to rub me the wrong way.

  • Crystal Ward

    I really don’t mind sponsored posts, especially since I do them, too. I’m so very desperate to move back to Florida ASAP that I’ve even gotten a little less picky about what I’ll accept. I tend to skip reading them unless it’s something that sounds especially interesting, but I definitely don’t fault bloggers for doing them.

    • Crystal Ward

      Check me out, commenting on my own comment. Just wanted to add that I’d WAY rather have a sponsored post than those awful video ads that auto-play.

  • http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ Megan C. Stroup

    I have written sponsored posts very few times (only twice I think), but – like you said – only when I actually endorse the product. I actually had a company send me an app to review a few weeks ago, but I ended up not liking it and had to write back and tell them I wouldn’t be reviewing it on my blog. It was a little awkward and I felt bad doing it, but they hadn’t paid me yet and I didn’t feel comfortable endorsing an app I wouldn’t actually use, so I felt better turning them down than I would have writing an inauthentic post for my readers.

  • http://www.adayinthelifeofahockeywife.com/ Hockey Wife

    You shouldn’t feel bad. Make that money, girl! This is your space and you can do whatever you want with it. As a reader, I appreciate that you use your voice in these posts and that you are selective in what you choose to review or promote. There are a lot of sites that constantly promote the most random products – they don’t make sense, they are thrown together, and it’s obvious that the author was only interested in the payout. Those, well, those are a turn off for me. But they, too, should not feel bad. They aren’t wrong for making money. I just don’t visit them anymore. And if given the opportunity, I would write for money. I have done it in the past – and so long as it is organic and not forced, I am totally down with it! That’s kind of my view, anyway.

  • simeon tuoyo

    Truth be told, I blog for fun and money. The two goes hand in hand.
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  • Jessa Olson

    You shouldn’t feel bad. This is your space and do what you want. I like that it’s stuff that you would recommend and not just any and everything.

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  • Hannah Kane

    There’s nothing wrong with it as long as it’s clear :) I don’t see it as a problem!

  • CAT

    Don’t feel bad about writing sponsored posts – I wish I could! I blog for fun but I’d also love to blog for money! It would help me in my future saving up, and It would feel rewarding too! The only thing I’d like to know is how to go about the money situation. Do companies offer to pay you, or do you ask if you could be paid?
    This was an interesting read :) Thanks for sharing!

    CAT xo
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