Armchair BEA since Monday! I didn't get a chance to prep posts in advance this year so time kind of got away from me.
At any rate today's topic is all about discussing how to move your blog into more of a money making venture.
I am actually interested in discussing this topic. A lot of people outside of the blogosphere ask me if I make money from my blog. I do not. Technically. I get free books. Tons. More then I can read in a timely manner. Which to me is like free money because this blog is about book reviews, so getting the books that I am reviewing for free is awesome and I am forever grateful. However, I adamantly refuse to let these free books sway my opinion in one way or another. Which is why I sometimes resist accepting books from authors and prefer to accept them directly from the publisher.
More to the point though, I have been approached on multiple occasions with different opportunities to connect my reviews to different money making ventures. As in, when I post this review and link to a particular place for people to purchase, if they were to do so, then I would make a small amount. However, the thing is, this isn't my job. I have a job. A full time one. One that I am good at, and one that I actually think writing and editing and 'social media-ing' on this blog has greatly enhanced. So, to devote an adequate amount of time to this blog were I to monetize it would not be fair to what I am already getting paid to do.
What I mean is this, I feel that if my blog started paying me to do, then I would feel a conflict of interest. At this point in time, since this is my hobby and a passion that I love. I want to keep it solely that. A hobby and not a job. Therefore, I don't want to move it beyond that. Does that make me not competitive? My hits and contact with the industry would make it appear not.
Bottom line, this is just one persons opinion and the web is a huge place. Each and every one of us gets to do whatever we want to do with our own little piece of it and I wish each and every one of you the best of luck with whatever you decide to do with yours!
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