As I’ve begun to receive more and more requests for advertisements on my Midlife Crisis Queen blog, I have had to come to terms with how I feel about advertising in general.
There is a part of me who hates the very idea of messing up my beautiful blog with ugly commercialism, except of course MY lovely books. This is not the reason why I began this blog over four years ago!
On the other hand, my reality is that I need to make a living as a writer. This is who I am and what I love to do. It is what I do, or at least think about almost every moment of every day. This is where my heart is now.
I have gradually come to see my blogs as my magazines where I draw a certain type of clientele to my personality, ideas, advice and writing style. I created these blogs and I am very proud of them. I now own four online magazines, so I get to make the ultimate decisions about which brands I wish to promote through these blogs. It’s a tiny bit of a power trip, actually!
And if all of us who put so much of ourselves into writing and maintaining our blogs don’t decide to “monetize” them, than we will never be able to make a living doing what we love. Let’s face it. This is the future of professional writing!