When I started my blog I had two things in mind. The first was to find like-minded people as I felt as if I were the only one who ever drastically downsized, or cared deeply about the planet and the air we breathe. I have frequently been the black sheep in my family and among my friends. I wanted to live my way which was contrary to the norm, but I didn’t want to be like everyone else. Of course I hadn’t thought about being this different. Of course there was one other reason for starting my blog.
I had planned to monetize my blog. What could be better than earning some extra money for what I enjoyed doing? I rarely charge for things I do. For example, all the pieces I save from ending up in dumpsters and garbage trucks headed for the landfills I fix up and find someone who sees the piece while I am working on it. They express a need for “something like that” and I know it will have a good home.
I restore these things I find as a hobby and the ultimate goal is to give it a new life in a new home. Yep, did it again yesterday. Received a call that a neighbor had a wooden end table outside, I checked it out to find he had two matching tables. I took one home to restore, he offered to hold on to the other one till I was ready for it.
As I was heading in my apartment, someone I know asked what I was doing with it and wanted both. This time the person offered to pay for any supplies I needed to restore it, but I wouldn’t think of charging for these things.
But why not earn money from my blog? I first decided I needed to grow the blog large enough before I started to “sell products” and began to research affiliate programs. I ran in to one large problem with this. There was nothing that I felt someone needed to find their dreams.
If I am showing how I live, which includes not being a consumer, then it seems hypocritical of me to sell “things” to my readers. I don’t want anyone thinking they “need” to buy this book or that exercise equipment to be happy or to be able to downsize.
What I want to share with my readers is any one can be happy with the little things. To not need to buy products to have the life you want. We have enough marketing bombarding us from every direction, I don’t want to add to that.
So, I have decided to keep my blog the way it is. About life not shopping.
I do have a question for you, my patient readers, have you noticed that in the last couple of months if you hover over a word/phrase in places over my posts you see an advertisement pop up? I’m not sure what that is or why it began. So you know what that is and how I could put a stop to it? It’s very annoying to me and so I’m sure it is to you as well.
Have you thought about monetizing your blog? How did you finally come to your decision on monetizing, or not, your blog?