Just out of curiosity, what you y’all think about ads & affiliates on blogs? I have mixed feelings. I totally get the people who think they’re trashy on a personal blog and that it undermines the integrity of the personal expression. On the other hand, I very, very! much support any mompreneurs and WAHMs cashing in on their creativity. In a way, it really pisses me off that there’s this idea that if you’re making money you are less honorable as an artist- how are creative people supposed to earn a living if not by marketing their talents?
I’ve been hinting that I’d like to make money off my blogging obsession, but I’m not sure what route that will take if I try it. (Part of me thinks I’m risking getting spread too thin with all the projects brewing, but that’s a whole different can of Spaghetti-o’s.)
Should businesses be totally separated from personal blogs? Or is it cool to integrate paid reviews or ads or text link ads as well as new art for sale or Cafe Press stylie goods? If it’s done in a transparent and ethical way, like http://www.emomsathome.com does gracefully, does it annoy readers? (No, Wendy does not pay me to constantly make these references to her cool site…she’s just fueling my creative fires a lot lately.) Is it creating a gray area to use the same blog for personal expression and mommyblogging as I would for pimping creative products? Is there a line where it’s OK to say, Hey, new poster print up at my design site but it’s not OK to review a new design software tool here and reveal that it’s a paid review? I love how Wendy tells readers it’s paid but she won’t review stuff she doesn’t have a genuine positive experience with, and turns down a most ads/reviews.
I’m torn with regards to what direction to take my business and my blog love. I might just need to have a blog on my design site for the design stuff and keep this one distinctly separate. That certainly makes me feel safer- I worry that a potential client would get turned off by my potty mouth, drug references, and lesbian crushes, for instance.
I’ll get further into my ideas another time, but I was curious how you peeps feel about ads & stuff. Be honest.
*ETA I have had to go back and edit Every. Single. Post. on this blog to add a category. I cannot get used to the WP interface having them on the side rather than right by the publish button like Blogger’s. And OoH! Blogger still pisses me off. Both old blogs crash my browser still. So glad I moved. So very glad.*