Simply put, I love blogging.
Three years ago, I began this blog not knowing what to expect. It’s connected me with new friends and writing opportunities, but most importantly, it’s confirmed that my passion is really in writing.
All of the adventures on this blog are 100% self-funded, though I have been paid for my freelance writing work by other publications. I do not write sponsored posts and have not accepted or sought offers to advertise on my blog for compensation.
Not monetizing my blog has given me the freedom to write my opinions freely and honestly. If I’ve ever plugged a product, it’s one with which we’ve bought with our own money and use because we genuinely like it. This won’t change.
The only downside to not monetizing a blog is that it’s less sustainable when it’s not earning any income. As a compromise, I have joined the Amazon Associates
program which allows bloggers to earn a very small percentage of products they list if visitors purchase them.
You may notice a couple changes:
First, I have created the Stuff & Things (We Like)
page at the top of my blog. One can choose to click on this page, but it won’t create ads that disrupt my posts or show up as banners. I am only listing products that Jake and I have been given by family or friends, purchase with our own money, and use regularly.
Second, when I mention a product that I am excited about, I may link it to Amazon in the blog post. Again, these will only be products I freely choose to use in my daily life.
As always, thank you for your readership and support through the years as I strive to write the type of blog I want to read. Your thoughts are always welcome.