Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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.