I began blogging to keep a record of how hard I was going to work to lose weight. I never expected all of the extras that would come with keeping a public journal - the friendships developed, the freebies offered, the opportunities to make some money...it all sounds enticing, right?
Well sure, but when it comes right down to it, I am just not interested enough, or motivated enough, to really monetize myself or this blog. Yes, I've had a few link ads in my sidebar - but when my opportunity to become a BlogHer blogger came up, I decided not to go that route. I like how my blog looks and didn't want to clutter it up with huge picture ads. Plus, I can write whatever I want here, about whatever products I want - once you sign into an advertising contract like BlogHer, you are limited.
While I occasionally get a pang of "I wish that company would send stuff to me" when I see other bloggers wearing things that I already use or think I would like to try out, I really can't complain. I've been extremely lucky to receive some pretty cool things over the years, and the truth is, I don't court companies. I don't have a Twitter account, nor do I have a Facebook page for this blog. I rarely email companies about products that I love, asking for a freebie to review and give away. I'm not a "sponsored" runner - I don't get my shoes, clothing or race entry fees paid for like many of the bigger running bloggers. Conferences? Forget it...if I'm going to buy a plane ticket, it'll be for a true vacation, not a networking thing. And therein lies the rub: I'm just not willing to play that game. I don't worry about things like my Klout score (never heard of it? it's like a credit score for bloggers), and I like it this way. Obviously I'm not super ambitious; plus, I think I'm also reaching the point in life where I can't be bothered with playing games to get ahead...and honestly, while I like a freebie as much as the next person, just because it's free doesn't mean that I'll automatically accept it (hooboy, some things I've been offered have made me blush !). That said, I'll be posting a book review tomorrow on a diet book that I really liked, so obviously I still play the game to some extent - but it's on my terms.
This post is not meant to disparage any bloggers who do play the game; as individuals, we all choose how much we want to invest in blogging and reap whatever payoff that comes from it. There have been some bloggers who've documented their weight-loss journey and ended up writing a book - and while I've been encouraged to do the same thing, it just hasn't happened for me...writing a book seems so overwhelming compared to writing a blog post, and after my first chapter, I haven't mustered up the energy to continue with it.
I'm not the blogger to read if you're looking for tips on making money from blogging. And while you'll probably never see me on any talk show touting my weight loss, you can come here and read about a normal person who managed to lose a lot of weight and is keeping that weight off by eating sensibly most of the time, coupled with the unexpected discovery of enjoying exercise. Please feel free to take whatever you can out of my ramblings and make it work for yourself. And know that if I do become a sellout, it'll be for something big - like a Mini Cooper (hah!). Otherwise, you can pretty much count on the fact that if I say I like something, I really do...and you know I'll say so if I don't.