I use to be huge into scrapbooking. I’d get engrossed in a book, and I’d have my little cut outs and stickers and random metal brad thingys laying all over the floor in our family room. I could never clean up until I finished a page; doing that would throw off my creative chi.
It got so bad that Dumb Dad actually bought me this really cool craft table. And I set up a “crafting station” in the corner of our bedroom so I could focus.
As it turns out, I wasn’t really that good at it. No one even looks at my stacks of scrapbooks anymore. I don’t even want to look at them; they’re that bad.
Blogging started the same way for me; as this hobby I kinda liked and did in my spare time. I have been blogging for nearly 4 years now.
Only, unlike scrapbooking, I eventually started to get better and attract an audience.
I can confidently say that thousands of people read it every day.
Blogging has grown into more than a hobby for me.
It’s one of the many ways I produce income that helps contribute to my
shoe fund household.
But that’s not why I do it. I don’t blog for the money. Especially because, in my case, there’s really not that much money in it. My blog is NOT a major source of income for me.
It’s still primarily a hobby. A hobby that allows me to
buy more shoes enjoy a few luxuries, but a hobby all the same. No way could I live off of what I make from my blog. Unless I wanted to live in a cardboard box, with three sides, on a street corner, in a pretty jacked up neighborhood.
Mostly that’s because I’m
lazy probably not as committed to briging in the Benjamins as I could be.
And also, you guys, the people who read pBd, are important to me.
Sure, I could probably have all sorts of spam-like ads running on my sidebar, I could embed an affiliate link in every sentence, and sell out my blog space to lame companies that make products that I don’t use or even particularly like.
But, I would never disrespect you by telling you to buy
Pajama Jeans something that I didn’t fully endorse. Or by making you wade through a bunch of ads and brand language and poorly-written-infomercial-sounding-mumbo-jumbo just to make a few extra bucks. Please note: I’d totally sell you guys out for a cool million though. Totally. Wouldn’t even think about it.
So basically it’s your fault I’m not rich.
In honesty, I truly do appreciate that people who come to pBd
because they get tricked here by Google and my shady post titles do so to be entertained. You don’t come to save money (because I have no idea how to even do this myself), you don’t come to enter giveaways (do you? That’s a serious questions actually, because I swear I could give away a Suburban and I probably wouldn’t have mad entries. So, do you even like my giveaways? Or, do find them annoying? Like my rambling?), you don’t even come for advice (at least I seriously hope not, because anyone who took my How to Brainwash Children post seriously should probably be arrested).
You come to laugh; with me or at me, depending on the day. To commiserate, to share stories, to get out of doing those TSP reports your boss has been hounding you about, and to connect with someone who is listening (I swear I read EVERY SINGLE COMMENT, even if I don’t respond, because my blog is slow, and it annoys me).
So yeah, I’m pretty dang selective about who I sell my blog space to.
I make it a point to only work with brands that, like me, specialize in awesomeness.
And, I feel most comfortable working with brands that are a natural fit for me because they are something that I love, like say, shoes!
For example, I snagged these Rampage adorables just this week at Marshall’s (I would work with them any day of the week)…
I would totally write blog posts for shoes. I have written blog posts for shoes. I am always willing to take shoes in lieu of money. Are you listening to what I am saying @DSW? Will. Blog. For. Shoes.
But, I’m for more than just cute kicks. I also love working with brands that have awesome people working for them.
Case in point: The BlogFrog.
They are like the cute shoes of blog-brand relations managers: everyone loves them.
They work hard, they are personal and unique, and they really take the time to make sure that brands AND bloggers get what they need out of a relationship. Plus they’re hip and cool and can do the Macarena way better than Doctor Evil (oh my gosh, please say I’m not as old as I feel and that you’ve seen Austin Powers).
Maybe they will send me shoes after this? Although, I will accept money.
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