I remember the first time someone asked me about the remuneration that came with being a blogger.
My friend was holding a 3rd birthday party for her daughter and while we get along extremely well, it’s not one of those friendships where I have met, or even know any of her other friends or family members.
So, when breaking the ice in first meeting the parents, the default conversation naturally turned to occupation and professions.
It’s a pity we’re so socially stagnant these days that a self introduction inevitably ends up justifying our existence with “what we do for a living” rather than “what we live for” or even simply talk about “what we love”
Anyway, explaining to another mum that I was a blogger, immediately piqued her curiosity.
“Apologies if this is a personal question…(If you’re really sorry about it, why the hell are you continuing to ask me?)…but do you make a lot of money out of blogging?”
Talk about spectacular fall from social graces.
She sensed my uncomfortable stance but having already begun digging that hole, why not get the big shovel out as well?
“I mean, you see it on TV about all these mummy bloggers being millionaires and just wondered if that was true…”
I really could’ve had fun with this one, making up all sorts of glamorous stories how I have lucrative brand ambassadorship deals while a gazillion loyal readers follow my every breath and smart, witty comments.
Alas, I’m just too bloody honest.
“Nah. I make next to nothing, “ I shrugged.
Then, as I went on to my usual spiel about how much I just love writing and connecting with lovely people, the sparkle in her eye disappeared, along with her interest.
It’s intriguing how people are so keen to find out how to make “big bucks” from something as “fluffy” as blogging. It’s not valid unless it has a price tag.
Over this past year, more sponsored and brand endorsed posts have appeared on this blog. It’s important to point out however, that none of this has been done without careful planning or being consciously aware of what would be considered “too much”
The thing is, working with brands brings opportunities beyond what’s monetary; it’s a chance to sharpen business skills while still working towards what you love.
As far as expanding writing skills and a freelance portfolio, sponsored posts can also provide that.
But at the end of the day, the biggest focus here is on you guys, all the lovely readers.
The support, comments and participation – none of thatever goes unnoticed.
Two and a half years later and there’s still that Friday morning thrill in seeing who’s linked up for FYBF. Everyone’s coming over for (virtual) morning tea at my place and none of you seem to care about the mess! Awesome!
So, thank you for helping me create this sense of warmth and cosiness over at yea ol’ blog. This place would be barren and worthless without you.
Joining Essentially Jess for IBOT