I've been noticing a little bit of controversy around the blogosphere (at least the part I visit, mostly "Mommy blogs") about making money with blogging.
Some people think that bloggers who have ads on their site, or otherwise get paid to write, are selling out, that their integrity as writers is diminished.
Some folks think making money with a blog is fine as long as the writing continues to be unbiased and the blogger is not influenced to give a glowing review of a product simply because she is receiving a cash incentive.
Then, there are those who think as long as children are not exploited, any income is fine. Taking it one step further, sick children being showcased by a blogger who makes money seems to really get people riled up.
Here's what I think.
I started this blog, from the very first day, to make a little pocket change selling my oilcloth aprons.
I saw the opportunity when Barbara, at Mommy Life, asked why someone couldn't start up a little business making a cute apron she loved, but was no longer available. I did a quick bit of research and thought I would give it a go, and this blog was born. (I fully admit to exploiting my sewing machine in this endeavor.)
I knew I would use the blog as a place for customers to order the apron, but I also saw that I could keep my family and friends updated and entertained with the daily antics of our family.
At some point along the way, I was able to get some ads and they added to the change I was collecting. Last year, I made enough to pay for almost all of our children's Christmas gifts. (Each child gets one gift from us.)
Just this summer, I was able to order all but a few items for our homeschool curriculum with the income from my blog.
The reason I am telling you this is two fold.
First, I want you to know the primary reason I keep this blog up is for the enjoyment factor, not for the money. I won't ever post about something I don't believe in just to get paid.
Secondly, THANK YOU! I want you, my readers, to know that I appreciate you coming here to read my silly stories. Because of you, the advertisers know their products are getting noticed.
To those of you who use the links on my sidebar, Amazon and Swagbucks, thank you, too. I get a few cents each time someone uses those and those cents add up over time.
Obviously, I don't think there is anything wrong with a Mommy blogger making an income, large or small, with her writing. If I can do something I enjoy, that my family and friends enjoy, while still managing my home and caring for my children, and contribute a little bit to our family budget, why not?
What are your thoughts?