When you are a mother of many one of the first questions you are ever asked is: “How on earth do you afford it?” and folks feel no shame in trying to figure out our family expenses. Literally jaws fall to the floor as they try to imagine the cost of living, let alone feeding “All those kids.” And as soon as they discover that I blog – there is an audible sigh of relief, well at least I am working and establishing some sort of an income for our family. That’s the funny thing, I get asked so many questions about how to make money from blogging, inwardly I have a quiet chuckle…
I have said it before and I will say it again… I blog because I love it… the actual cash I have ever earned relating to blogging would not take my family out for dinner, let alone away for a weekend!!! I am not a mother for the salary, trust me on this, and how many studies have we seen about how much a mom would earn if she really worked (really!!!): housekeeper, teacher, taxi driver, doctor… the list goes on and the “salary” goes up. I don’t get paid to be a mother – I love it though. And I am certainly not a blogger for the salary!!!
Se7en Audible Gasps About Blogging:
- I Don’t Have Special Endorsements:
- That Doesn’t Mean We Are Not Offered Special Endorsements: The things I protect our readers from – if only you knew!!! I have discernment and I am very careful not to fall into the trap of posting sponsored posts, just because they are sponsored… rather than because they are products or things that we would actually use. I spend a lot of my email time saying: “Thanks, but no thanks…” Our readers are a priority and I just don’t want to compromise our relationship by writing about things we don’t love, let alone enjoy!!!
- It is Important to Have a Little Hobby:
- It Can’t Take That Long to Write a Post:
- Why Don’t I Convert our Blog into Cash or Voyager Miles:
- You Have so Many Great Products on your Site:
- It is Just not About the Money:
- I Really Don’t Get Paid to Blog:
No free holidays, no free kitchen appliances, no free-people mover for shipping my family from event to event… No free school materials, no artsy craftsy boxes arriving by the crate… We blog about our outings and the crafts we do and the books we read because we love them… in fact, the dent in our couch would be a lot deeper if I didn’t blog… blogging makes me get out there and live a little, do things with my kids, learn with my kids and make stuff with them… in the quest for material to write about… I am a better mom because I blog!!!
No blogging is not a little hobby, it is far to time consuming to ever be that… in fact far to it is all about being the best mom I can be… blogging is a discipline and as a mother I need discipline to get me up in the morning, to start school. I can tell when I have been meaning to post a post on a garden project for the last three months that I really should get round to finishing the project first!!! Yes, blogging is a discipline for me… it keeps me on the path of doing stuff!!!
I stumble here… if I say an hour or two – folks eyes open wide – like really that long? Honestly though, it is much longer. There is no such thing as a quick blog post. Start to finish… a crafty blog post for example… an hour or two to do the craft and photograph it as we go. A craft post has easily fifty photographs… they all need to be edited, marginally – I trim out strange bits and pieces, I sharpen the details, nothing fancy, but editing takes about an hour… then I load the photographs up to flickr, we live in Africa folks and this takes time… half an hour so… and then I write. Well actually I drop the photographs into a post and then wrap some words around them to explain the details… that takes another hour. If it isn’t a craft, but a post where I actually write something, then it takes longer… the idea has to mull for a few days – then I write and often rewrite… and then at that stage I usually start from fresh and hammer a post out all at once… but the drafting and the thinking take time… Blogging takes time, lots of time. And why would anyone do so much work for free… you have to love it!!!
Just recently I had someone I didn’t even know tell me that I was insane not to convert my readers into cash… um… my readers are people too you know!!! I have this idea that when you start earning money for something it stops really being yours and becomes work. At this stage blogging is fun, light and I love it. But for example one Christmas my kids and I made thirty tie-dye t-shirts in a day… and so many folk said we should start a business… but I could see what was a fun day spent messing around with dyes would very quickly become a chore and just not worth the misery!!! Similarly blogging paid posts and sponsored posts are just that… you have to write about things that you may not have wanted to write about, even if you are staying true to your readers, sometimes you just can’t be inspired.
After nearly five years of blogging I do get product offers… most of them are quite terrifying and products that I would never ever use, let alone share with our readers. I still just blog about the things we love. So when I post about our kitchen tools, for instance, we did actually pay for them… I have written about the things that we definitely do not blog about… The one thing that we do get gifted with is books to review and the ones that we love we share… the ones that we only like… not so much!!!
Seriously, there are heaps of ways to monetize your blog and their are heaps of people out there… earning a fabulous salary. Remember there is no such thing as a passive, part time income. Tons of my best blogging friends have gotten round to monetizing, but I never seem to get there, it just isn’t a priority. Seriously it would require far more time and effort for me to initiate, than I am prepared to put into it. This is not to say that we won’t one day make a little more effort to monetize our blog… but right now I am totallyly happy to post and create an on-line journal packed with the things we like to write about.
And the se7en + 1th thing:
I blog because I love it, I am in the business of capturing memories… in fact, our blog is working for us!!! No I am not a fabulous writer or a photographer and our life is not that intriguing. Just a family with a bunch of kids bumbling along… Sharing our adventures as we go. Our adventures might seem awesome to us, but lets be honest not everyone wants to start the day by taking eight kids for run on the beach!!! The fabulous thing about blogging is that folk can share the things that they want to share and leave the rest. It needn’t cost anything to blog… to write your story, to share your projects or your hopes and dreams. I reckon, if you have a story to tell then tell it… you will be thankful later when you look back and see it done.
This post just popped out in a week when more than a couple of folk have asked me… how much do I earn from blogging. Not a whole lot of cash… but what I have earned… memories stored in some sort of sequential order and more than that: Friends!!! I have made the most incredible friends all over the world thanks to blogging. Like-minded friends and totally not-like-minded friends, interesting friends and lovely friends… heaps of best friends. I have to say blogging for us is really not about the money at all and it is all about the people we have met and the journey we have traveled with them as we share our stories.