Advertising - the art of making dolla bills y'all

This post may not be interesting to everyone but stick with me. For those that don't blog you may be all 'What the crap is she going on about?'. For those that do blog, you are either thinking 'Wow, she is way over-thinking this' (and you'd be right) or you completely identify with me.

I want to talk about money. Money is awesome. I like money. I need money. I'm not above busting my butt to make money. It's also something that I don't have a lot of. (Join the club, right?)

As a result, I've been dabbling a little here and there at monetizing this site. I've always been hesitant to do this for several reasons:

  1. I don't want it (money) to be my driving force in the upkeep of this blog. While I have sponsored posts, I don't want anything on my blog to feel manufactured. Even the posts I write in exchange for goods or payment are honest and from the heart. The products and services I talk about are because I really like the stuff. I'd probably talk about them anyway.

  2. Frankly, I didn't have the traffic in the past to make it worthwhile for anyone.
    I was a little, tiny frog inside a gigantic, huge, enormous pond. I still am. But I think I finally found a little piece of lilly pad of my own. Want to come over and have a fly sandwich? (That's all to say that I've had a noticeable and delightful upswing in traffic.)
  3. I'm not always good about being consistent in posting.
    But that's because I like quality over quantity. I have lots of random in my head that could surely fill up the days. But do you really want to know how much I think about OctoMom and other low-level celebrities and how I'd like to fuse them all together into a D-list human centipede?

    Maybe I'll start Tuna Tuesdays and show you random photos of my stupid dog....actually....hmmm....that's actually not a bad idea.
  4. I didn't want to have to deal with figuring out and paying taxes on my blog. I can barely handle the anxiety that comes from our basic tax return. Lots of people make money from their blogs and never pay taxes. I won't be one of those people. My parent's were audited once. One word: EEK!

  5. I was unsure of my niche. I still don't know what it is. Weight loss? Humor?
    In the end I think my niche is most easily categorized as a "Holy shit, what a hot mess of random" kind of blog. Yay! Diversity!

There are other reasons that I just can't remember what they were. Besides, lists work best in odd numbers, so I'll leave it at five reasons for now. I don't have any hard and fast rules about this blog other than to be true to myself and hope that people enjoy what I'm putting out there.  Hopefully opening my blog up to advertisements will not detract from that experience.

In short long, I'm gonna try to make it rain up in here. Even if its only pennies. But I spend too much time here to not give some of it back to my family in the form of college fund contributions and paying some bills. 

Sooooo...if you'd be interested in advertising on my blog over there in that nifty sidebar on the right, you can check out my rates here. To kick things off, I am offering a special: Buy ad space for the month of June and get the remainder of May for free (use the code: MAYDAY).