Hey sweet friends!
I need to have a heart to heart with you.
On Thursday, I wrote a sponsored post about Kleenex on my blog. I got a very unkind comment from a reader who said she “doesn’t care for my blog anymore.”
She said I am always talking about products, and she was going to go seach for blogs that she could “come away feeling like I got something out of it, not like I was trying to be sold something.”
She even used the word, “yuck” when describing my blog.
It hurt, friends.
I try not to let negative comments bother me, but they do. Let me just say that I have the most wonderful readers IN THE WORLD, and I rarely get negative comments.
It doesn’t bother me when someone doesn’t like the way I decorated something or the paint color I picked out.
But when someone doesn’t like my blog. That hurts.
I looked back over my posts in January to see if I was doing too many “sponsored” stuff, and I didn’t really think I did.
But then I noticed I have done a couple of Silhouette giveaways and maybe that was what she was referring to? Those are not sponsored posts I get paid for. I only make affiliate money if someone buys something using my code, which truthfully, is not often.
But who doesn’t love a Free Silhouette Giveaway? I do that for my readers because I love seeing someone win one and count it a blessing to use my blog in this way.
I did a sponsored post for Lowe’s this past month, like I do every month. It’s a perfect fit for my blog, right? I do DIY projects that hopefully inspire you. I use the gift card Lowe’s gives me to purchase supplies, so the only money I make from those posts is if I have money left over on my card. And if I do, I use it for other projects on my blog to share with my readers.
I did a sponsored post on Valentine’s Day cards because it is that time of year, and I thought my readers would love to know about those cute personalized cards. My boys LOVED the cards I gave them yesterday. Eli even cried when he read the words inside.
I know the sponsored post about Kleenex was a little bit of a stretch, but I thought, “Who doesn’t need tissues in the winter, and maybe my readers like cute decorative tissue boxes like I do?”
I talked to Cy about the unkind comment that was left, and he tried to encourage me.
I really didn’t care that I loss one reader, but what bothered me was that maybe some of my other faithful readers were thinking the same thing that that commenter said.
It got me thinking, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts.
I have worked really hard for 5 years to provide great, FREE content on my blog.
The first couple of years I didn’t earn money, but as my blog started growing, it started turning into a business and now I earn an income that our family depends on.
All of my boys are in school now, and I thought I would go back to teaching at this time in my life.
But my blog has changed those plans.
I am now making enough money on my blog to continue staying home which is such a blessing!
But there is no way in the world that I could continue sharing free content on my blog without making money. I spend a minimum of 40 hours a week working on projects, taking pictures, editing them, writing posts, sharing posts on social media, answering emails, etc. If I didn’t make any money on my blog, I would have to go back to teaching at this point. I could not justify spending that much time on something that I didn’t make any money on. Although I love it enough to do it for free, it would not be fair to my family. At this point in our lives, when my husband has gone into business for himself, I need to be doing something to supplement his income.
So sponsored posts are a necessity for me. I consider them like commercials on tv. We don’t always like them and don’t always watch them, but the are necessary.
January is always a very low month financially for bloggers because ad networks pay very little during this time. After Christmas, they are all spent out.
So bloggers depend on sponsored posts to help make up the difference. I have had to accept several sponsored posts recently to help make up the difference in the low amount of money I am making on my ad networks.
It’s the same thing as when my dad always worked overtime during the holidays to help mom pay for Christmas, ya know?
However, I do my best to make them posts that my readers would be interested in. Sometimes those posts are a great fit for my blog, and sometimes they are an “okay” fit for my blog, but I do try.
And I just wanted you to know that.
And I wanted to say a BIG thank you to one of my sweet readers, Angie W., who left a comment on my Kleenex post telling me one of my links wasn’t working. I received her comment right after the mean one, and it meant so much to me that she took the time to tell me that the link was broken. Especially since I am getting paid on that post by how many “clicks” I get. I told her it brightened my day.
I know that many of you support me and my family, and you would never complain about a sponsored posts. And I know there are some of you that don’t like them. I totally get it. I don’t always like writing them. hee.hee. So you will not hurt my feelings if you skip right over them. I promise. I skip over them all the time on some of my favorite blogs that I read.
If you have made it this far in the post, thank you.
You are so sweet!
I just wanted to share what is on my heart today. Thank you for letting me.
I pray you have a blessed weekend, friends!!!