Now that I'm blogging more and more and liking it more and more and having more and more people visit the site, it feels like the next logical step is to look into advertising. Nothing too sell-outy, just some cute little ad spots on the sidebar for pretty, on-topic Etsy shops and other things that I think my readers would actually enjoy. With this grand plan in mind, I perused Joy Cho's fabulous book, Blog Inc, and was (and still am) completely overwhelmed by all the business and banking related things that go into starting an ad program. Even a cutesy little ad program that's just intended to look nice, link to some cool places, and provide a little yarn-funding.
Have you already gone through this process for your blog? Was it as hard as it seems?
Anyway, with such big things on the blog horizon, I kind of froze up and got all weird about my blog for a few days. Am I heading down the road to selling out? With or without taking this big step, is my blog still as real and honest as I want it to be? Why am I sitting on my couch at 1:00am, eating Nutella with a spoon and worrying about this? Aaaaaah!
So anyway, last night I was browsing Joy the Baker's (awesome) blog, specifically her post Sixteen Things to do when you're Bored. From there, I clicked on a link to Helen Jane's blog and man was I glad I did.
So here it is, folks, this week's Link to Love: On Dance Floors by Helen Jane.
It's an honest, thought provoking piece about blogging. It gets a little sad about halfway through, but keep reading, because it ends on a decidedly positive note. It sums up all the feelings I've been having about my blog's future and if you're a blogger too, I guarantee it will do the same for you.
"When we share our realities, the truth we're experiencing right now, our collective wisdom, dreams and connections, we crack open the REAL opportunity of the internet," she writes.
Eureka! That's what this always has been and always will be about!
I want to write about my real life and the crafty things I really honestly do like to make, just like I always have, and that's not going to change regardless of how my blog grows in the future.
Do you ever have moments of doubt like mine?
Let's crack the internet open together!