I received a comment this morning that warrants a response in a post…
I have been reading your blog for a few months although I have looked forward to reading new ideas and such , lately I just feel your just trying to sell stuff. Are you here to help us stuggling with weight loss or is this a weight loss business in disguise?
Hi Liz – I’m glad you brought this up. As you may know by reading the blog regularly this is my full time job. So yes, I do try to make money with it although it is not my primary goal. If you read my about page I mention how I make money with the blog. I’ve never kept it a secret.
In the last week I mentioned MY t-shirts that, yes I am trying to sell them. They are products/designs that was inspired by my blog, my content and my son (who has been the inspiration for everything I’ve done.)
In the video you commented on I was asked (an no I didn’t make up the question) about vitatops. So I used the opportunity to mention the discount code I have with them.
In over 34 videos I have never tried to sell anything before. I’ve turned down countless ads from crap companies that want to use my blog to sell their products. I refuse to use pop-up ads. I refuse to use context ads (the kind where they highlight words in the posts.) I will never compromise my content, my thoughts and my beliefs for a dollar. This is also one of the reason I will not become a Weight Watchers leader. I don’t want to be forced to peddle their crap products.
My original goals for this blog has never changed and I never made that a secret either…
- To help ME lose/maintain my weight loss
- To share my experience/thoughts/insights to help others on their journey
In 3 years this blog (along with GreenLiteBites & BlogToLose) has turned into a business. I quit my full faculty position to make less money blogging because I love every minute of it. I love sharing my life and connecting with others. I love getting emails from people all over the world that say I helped them reach their goal. That I make a difference in their life. Honestly, it brings tears to my eyes every time I read thank you emails.
So no, my blog is not "a weight loss business in disguise", it is a business. And I don’t think there is any shame in that. I spend countless hours working on all my sites. It’s still just me, a girl, trying to maintain her loss, be the best she can be and carve her place on the planet. I have no employees, no help. I do it all. The programming, the design, the graphics, the writing, the ideas, the cooking, the video recording, the video editing, calculations for nutritional information, the accounting, EVERYTHING. I have never asked for a donation, a membership fee, I don’t even make you sign up to leave a comment. The only way for me to make any sort of compensation is through ads (and recently my t-shirts) and even then I’m selective as to how ads are placed.
Thank you again, Liz for the question and I hope this clarifies the situation for you. It’s 2 days before Christmas and I have some work to do before taking a few days off (something I rarely do now that I’m a blogger).
I welcome others opinions on the blog/making money conundrum. And if there are others pro-bloggers out their please chime in. As some of you may know blogging for a living is surprisingly a lonely gig as you make all these type of decisions alone.
As an attempt at a joke… I present to you my traditional end of post google ad… Click it and I make a whopping 2 cents! WHOO HOO! :~P