Was I excited this morning when I read my email from Pam at Mannix Marketing. She told me my new blog ads had gone live and were already earning money ($7.49 at 8am).
It was after seeing Jenna’s blog Cold Antler Farm, that I first thought of having ads on my site. I was surprised to find that I actually thought the ads looked good on her site, serious and professional. They also made me admire Jenna’s business sense. This is a woman, I thought, who knows what’s she doing and is doing it well. But I never imagined I could have ads on my blog.
A few weeks ago, when Jon suggested I go to the meeting he was having with Chris and Pam at Mannix I was embarrassed. I thought they would laugh at me to assume I could actually make some extra money from my blog. But they didn’t laugh, they took me seriously and wondered what took me so long to try.
I have come to love my blog, I love writing about my work, getting feedback and selling my work, but I also love the idea of it changing and growing. It makes me feel successful to know that I can continue to grow my business in ways I wouldn’t have imagined. And, like hiring Kim to do the assembly work on my potholders, having my blog make money for me just by my doing what I’ve been doing all along, frees me up to be more creative. If I’m thinking less about money, I can spend more time on my work.
So this is how the ads work. There are three of them listed below my Recent Posts. (also notice my new search bar, it looks and works better that the long list of past blog posts) They change automatically relating to the content of my blog. That’s one of the things I like about them, they’ll be ads for things I might want to buy myself, things having to do with sewing and the ideas I write about. Every time someone clicks on an ad, I get a few cents. To me they are not visually offensive I think it makes my blog more interesting.
So this morning when I looked at my blog with the new ads, I felt like I had taken a big step. For me this has so much to do with my feelings of self worth. Until recently I never imagined I could make a living doing what I love. I didn’t know that I could choose a good life or that I deserved to have one.
By the end of the day I had made $14 on the ads. Later, when I picked up my potholders from Kim and dropped off 20 more, I couldn’t stop smiling. Things are moving and it feels good.