For better or worse, I’ve always had the mindset of being wary around money. I don’t like the idea of being pushy or forcing or using people (duh) so instead overcompensate and to run too far in the other direction. I’ve had the endless debate about “monetizing” my blog. It’s such an unappealing term. And yet the idea of making money for doing what I like to do..well, that has its appeal. I would never do ads for random companies because I’d lose control of the content and the feel of my blog, and that would make me extremely uncomfortable. I tried doing blog posts for a company that will remain nameless, and yet that went nowhere because they objected to my comments that people ideally would be mostly eating real, whole foods. Sorry, certain things are just non-negotiable.
The only thing I’ve seen that I am comfortable with is the Amazon affiliate links. They’re on a few of my more recent posts. I tend to link to give my input on products and books anyway, and people aren’t charged more, I just get a few pennies when people click through and buy stuff. Maybe at the end of the year, I’ll have enough to get a gourmet chocolate bar. If the links make you uncomfortable, by all means, just open another window!
I’d love to hear any feedback people may have, because this is new to me. I blog because I like to, and I think this is something that will work without making me feel squicky.