Thursday, June 7, 2012

Armchair BEA: Beyond the Blog

Sorry I've been M.I.A. from 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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17 comments:

  1. That's a great opinion! Nothing wrong with rejecting the idea of monetizing your blog. Especially since you feel like it would create conflict of interest. Thanks for the post.

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  2. I feel the very same way. I don't have a conflict of interest thing going on, but I want it to stay a hobby and not become a job.

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  3. I'd love to get paid for reviewing..though not on my blog, that is for fun. But in a mag yes

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  4. Good for you. Work can sometimes suck the joy out of your passion. So stick to your guns.

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  5. I'm with you. My blog is my own pure, untainted corner of the Internet -- and I like blogging about what I like when I feel like it. To try and turn it into a profitable venture isn't what I'm interested in doing at this point . . . I also have a busy job and could never devote enough time and attention to start monetizing my site!

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  6. Great post on a topic that always seems to generate a lot of talk.

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  7. I agree with you; what I post on my blog isn't the kind of content I am comfortable running ads for on my blog. I am using my blog to network with writers and learn about the publishing industry. having said that, I don't mind at all if book bloggers who review ARCs, host giveaways and feature interviews and other high level book content run ads and profit. It takes a lot of work to host a blog, especially the successful ones.

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    1. I agree with you too. Whatever anyone wants to do on their own place of their internet is all their own!

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  8. I wish I was running more tech stuff, sometimes I think my blog has too much stuff on it lol. But enjoy blogging and networking!

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  9. Free books is payment enough for me. Depending how one goes about monetizing, it is definitely a good bit of work.

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  10. Great points! :D I agree. It is important to keep your blog from getting to be like a job. I feel like that would be a conflict of interest too, and I also feel like the passion kind of goes out of it a bit if it's a job. You'd blog for quantities sake rather than reading the ones you want to enjoy at the pace that you want read them at.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Leah. :)
    Ambur
    My Armchair BEA Beyond the Blog Post
    Ambur

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  11. I think accepting books can prove to be a conflict of interest, even if once removed, but we can only do our best to give honest reviews. I'm not against making money on my blog, but that's not where I'm at right now :)

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