Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How Obnoxious Would it Be?

Gah. I hate to ask this. But here goes. I've had this blog up for about two and half years. Mostly I do it for fun. Sometimes it's hard to keep up on it and I slide into struggling to keep up with it every day, but I do my best. I've been really lucky in that I have managed to develop a relationship with some publishers and this has allowed me the opportunity to give away a lot of books-- something I'm happy to do. But then the economy collapsed. How does this affect a blog that doesn't cost anything to produce you ask? Not much for the most part. But my husband works for a company that has been hit hard by the financial crisis. His company was bought out by Bank of America and that seemed like a saving grace a few months ago but now BofA is struggling to stay afloat and despite the optimism everyone seems to be feeling with the Obama election, no one really seems to think the banks are going to recover overnight-- nor would I expect them to under any circumstances. You don't end up billions of dollars in debt for no reason and I for one don't think it should be the responsibility of the taxpayer to bail out a company that's going under due to it's own mismanagement. That said, we're feeling the pinch like everyone else right now. We haven't hit the point to where we would be in danger of losing our house but if the stock market continues to flounder it could get grim. In the last year the stock market tumbled nearly 50% and with it so went the earnings of everyone who had money in the stock market-- lots of my husband's clients for one. Fortunately my husband is pretty good at what he does and his clients have fared much better than the market in general-- no one has seen their savings cut by half. But a lot of people have been casualties of the downturn in other ways. The first hits came while gas prices were soaring and some of my husband's clients-- mostly the small business owners-- had to cut jobs to stay in business. Other clients, professionals that work in industries that are downsizing, have lost their jobs and had to pull their money out of savings just to pay the bills. Others still have lost their homes. Seeing all this carnage has been scary to say the least. We have tremendous empathy for what these people are going through and we also worry about what this is going to mean for our situation while the economy is in free fall. As my husband's clients lose their jobs my husband loses their accounts and makes less money each month. We have savings enough to last us a little while and no credit card debt-- thank God! But we're wary. We're starting to look at what expenses we can cut so we can stay ahead of the problem and hopefully not end up in danger of not being able to pay the bills. And the inevitable question of whether or not I should start looking for a job comes up. I don't mind going back to work but I'm not sure how employable I am anymore. I've been a stay at home mom for the last 9 years and the only thing I have done that resembles a job is post on my blog -- and that only pays in books. I've tried putting Google ads on my blog to see if that generates any cash and let me tell you-- it doesn't generate squat. Pennies per week, and that's not paying any bills. So then, the inevitable question becomes, what about Pay Per Post? I've known other bloggers to do this, and I admit, it's totally obnoxious. But I've also had people tell me that they earned some decent cash doing that. Several hundred dollars a month at least. That may not sound like much, but hey, if it covers a car payment it helps. If we were in a normal economy, I wouldn't do it. I have considered it in the past, mostly to pay shipping costs for giveaways, but always rejected it. Blogsnobbery and all that. But sometimes the time comes when you have to consider selling yourself out a little bit and if it means I don't have to get a job waiting tables, I'll totally sell my blog out. Totally and completely. So tell me. Would that drive you away? Or could I bribe you with the promise of continuing to give away books as I get them? Or do you have any better ideas? At this point I'm all ears. **Sigh** Friggin' Wall Street.

13 comments:

RD Williams said...

I don't think it would drive me off, and I for one completely understand. It's tough times for a bit, regardless of what the govmt does, it's a cycle and we have to let it cycle, it's how our system works.

At any rate, like I said, I would probably keep coming around anyway. :)

Asara Dragoness said...

I'd still visit you SQT :)
I'm not the biggest fan of paid posts, but I understand totally. And besides, in a feed reader, it's just a little scroll of the mouse to get past 'em.

You do what you gotta do, girlfriend :) I'll still be here!

<3

Neth said...

It won't drive me off - though I mostly read your blog through RSS feeds.

Good luck with seeing if this can be a profitable blog - I think that's tough. But, I do believe that running this blog is a marketable skill for you to get a job (not that many places are hiring at the moment).

furiousBall said...

hey, how about signing up for blogher ads? i use them, sure it puts some stuff on your page, but it could pay for those costs (and probably put a couple extra bucks in your pocket). i know some of the folks that work there, so if you want a word put in for you (they have to approve you), please let me know. i'd be happy to help amiga.

SciFiGuy said...

Hey we get paid ads when we go to the movies, TV, on our DVDs and all of our magazines. It's pretty much de rigeur. I am surprised there isn't more of it in the blogosphere. As long as we can tell the content from the paid stuff, it sure won't bother me.

S.M.D. said...

You might consider doing text-link-ads (There's text-link-ads.com (I think) and linkworth). Depending on our daily/monthly traffic, you could make a little bit of money that way. I'm currently pulling in about $30 a month that way and they actually get clicked a lot more than image ads for some reason.

As for the pay per post: I am cool with it provided you don't lie just to make a buck. Honesty is more important as a blogger than bullcrapping just to make money. If you're honest about the things you review, etc. then more power to you!

Charles Gramlich said...

I have to confess to not knowing what "pay for posts" actually means. Maybe a brief explanation would help?

Aubrie said...

I'm a newly published author and I would pay if you could post a review of my upcoming book. Let me know what you think!

Tia Nevitt said...

I'm with Charles. I never heard of pay per post. We pay you to read your post?

Have you tried Project Wonderful? Other bloggers have used it. Also, you might just want to put up a donation box, with a brief explanation that it would fund giveaways and book purchases. I've considered doing that myself, but honestly, my blog hardly costs me anything. The only thing I pay for is the occasional book sent on to guest reviewers.

SQT said...

Charles & Tia

The whole pay-per-post thing is kind of obnoxious because it's blog-posts that advertise certain products. If I do it, I'll try to keep it to appropriate content if possible. Books, movies etc. if they're available. But I've seen all kinds of random nonsense advertised on people's blogs which is why I always resisted it. If blogher or something like that could generate some small amount of $$, I'll skip the ppp.

SQT said...

Aubrie

I appreciate the offer but I don't think pay-per-review is a good idea, at least on a personal basis. If I get paid then it's a conflict of interest since I like to keep the reviews honest.

Cynnie said...

Do it !..
what the hell..if it helps it helps..
and I'll still come by all the time :)

Sci-Fi Gene said...

I think you're a good writer, and don't see any reason you shouldn't look into all the options for getting paid for your writing whether ppp or otherwise. Good luck with whichever you choose.