Depending on when my re-designed blog goes live (thank you so much, Rita of the BlogGenie; she’s creative, professional, quick, affordable and Canadian!), you may or not be seeing this post with space for advertisements in the margins.
I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now (has it really been that long?) and while I love to write and share ideas with all of you, I’d also love to be compensated for the time it takes me to craft a post!
You see, every hour I spend researching, writing and taking photographs for blog posts is an hour I don’t have for training clients and teaching classes (not to mention interacting with my family!).
Most days of the week, I spend 30 to 60 minutes writing and editing the material you see on my blog. In addition, I promote my work, and the work of fellow bloggers, on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, to the tune of another hour or so daily.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a labour of love. But someone famous once said something about the happiest people being those who do something they’re passionate about and get paid for it.
I’m passionate about inspiring others to lead healthier, fitter lives and I want to be one of those happy people!
So I’m taking the leap (gulp!) and moving to self-hosted! This means that sometime in the future, you will see advertisements in the margins of my blog. I’m not in a hurry and plan to take my time to find sponsors and products that I genuinely love. I won’t be hocking fast food or erectile dysfunction drugs. They’ll be no adult-themed ads for your co-workers to view over your shoulder (yes, we all read blogs at work 😉 ). And I promise NO POP-UPS!
I value the readership I’ve built and don’t want to turn anyone ‘off’ by accepting compensation for my work. Please know that whenever an individual post is sponsored by a brand, I’ll always be up front about it with you and that you can always expect a honest evaluation (I tell brands the same thing!).
Now tell me, does the presence of advertising on a blog change the way you feel about the blogger?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about blogging as a profession!