I recently did my first give away over on my other blog. It was so much fun that I decided to do one here. You'll have to wait until the end to see what it is though.
I've been toying with the idea of "monetizing" my blog lately. All that means is that I'm allowing GOOGLE to advertise on my blog. If you click on the ads, I get paid. (So everyone pause and click on every ad on the sidebar now. KIDDING!!! sort of.) The ads are randomly generated based on the content of my blog. So if I talk about cooking a lot, there will be cooking ads .... or something like that. So if you ever see random words stuck at the end of a post .... words like, financial planning, decorating, parenting, diet .... just ignore them. I'm trying to bring in the good ads. ;) I've had a few blog fans suggest I do this. I never have for various reasons, but I finally decided to give it a shot.
I love writing. I'm still not convinced about the ad thing, but I like the idea of it. Blogging is an outlet for me. I'd love to have content to actually write a book one day. The problem is I have no idea what I would write an entire book about. Unless maybe a children's book .... I could probably come up with 20 sentences and some drawings. So unless someone gives me a good topic, the book is a ways away.
Until then, I blog.
Now here's the thing. It is my understanding that there can be some serious paychecks involved for blogging, or there can just be some hobby money involved with blogging. I would welcome both. Here's my problem though. To get to either one of these paychecks, there is a serious need for me to "market" myself. That's where I've always gotten hung up. See, I don't think I have much to say that is worth people listening to. (Although I say it just the same, cuz I'm known for that.) I don't have a unique blog. I'm not telling anyone how to live on a budget, or decorate cute, how to cook, or dress well or anything that would draw someone specifically to my blog. So that's a problem. (I do have an idea or two that I think could be a unique blog. I just either need Aaron or Angie to sign up with me as co-writers.) But truly, my biggest hangup is attempting to advertise myself.
I wrestle with if advertising myself seems conceited. It's the same hang up I had when I did the giveaway. I don't think that about other people when I see themselves trying to gain readers, or giving things away - and yet I'm afraid people will think that of me. Not to mention, it might not even work. I could try and put myself out there as much as physically possible, and still only a handful of you would continue to read. I don't have a need to have a huge following. I don't feel like I deserve a huge following. And I certainly don't have the content worth a large following. So, there truly is no conceit behind me doing this. Just a girl pursuing what she loves. The good news is, regardless of what I do, or how I succeed or fail, I'm still okay. I'm still loved. And at the end of the day, I still open up my laptop and type away .... sharing whatever is on my mind, and having fun doing it, regardless of readers or no readers.
So after talking with my good friend Hulga, I mean, Angie, about it .... she and I both thought, why not??? (It is much easier for me to plug her blog than mine! So if you aren't already following her, you should be! Oh, and click on her ads when you visit. ha!) She told me that she's made a whopping $.01 since monetizing her blog a few weeks back. We laughed. This brings me to my giveaway....
See, I'm gonna go for it. I'm going to do this monetizing thing. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, you need to know that I don't choose the ads displayed. So you also need to know that I personally do not endorse the ads on my page.) So in my effort to take over the blogging world, leave a comment, link to my blog, and spread it on Twitter or Facebook. You will then have your name entered to win ..... drum roll please .....
The first penny I make from my blog. I know, it's over the top, but sometimes I just do things like that.
This is all so funny to me. And so I blog......