2500 cents, that is. Or 25 dollars, because thats all I can afford at the moment. Plus, I’m cheap. Well, my readers, its the end of the year and my blog is still around. Mostly because of the commission I keep on collecting. You know, I’m kidding, y’all !
When I started writing I gave it 6 months. I figured it would be my personal journal, a therapy of sorts. But then there was MMS interview, calling everyone and their pets out, lets just say at times its been less than therapeutic. You know how it goes : its been the best of times, its been the worst of times.
But mostly its been so much fun! Its pretty darn gratifying to get paid for something you love to do, it really is. I can say that so far I have kept my integrity, at least in my opinion. I hope it never changes though this industry is very tough. As I mentioned before, its full of conflicts of interest and things are not always black and white. Some deals pay me, some don’t. I try to write about them all. But at the end of the day its just my personal (if possibly biased) opinion.
I am fully convinced that most affiliate bloggers are good people, including those I had the “privilege” of calling out. And contrary to popular belief top bloggers are not demigods but rather imperfect human beings who make mistakes. Oops, did I just let the cat out of the bag? If there is one thing you remember out of this post let it be the fact that I don’t consider myself morally superior to any of them.
Regrets, I have a few. I would have done some things very differently if I had a time machine. There was one particular person who supported me when I needed it most. But I was too dense to see it. Though in my defense I wish they didn’t hide behind an alias when doing it.
Regardless, it was pretty obvious and I should have seen it. Like I said, I can be very dense. I actually fell for Gary Leff’s April fools post about Russian airline with hot tubs installed on their planes. For about a minute but still. Speaking off, remember the movie “Hot tub time machine” ?
One of the bloggers had some unkind words to say about me recently and said I asked him to mention my blog. Thats not what happened and I have his email to prove it. It was him who offered to do it in the first place. I actually never expected it. I won’t share the email of course, but he knows and I know what really happened. But, I guess any publicity is good publicity. So thank you, Paul. I mean it. And I hope you are OK with me linking to your laconic posts on occasion.
I want to do things differently going forward. Specifically no more calling anyone out unless I see something truly horrendous or ranting mood strikes. 🙂 But seriously, I think I gave enough warnings by now and need to let it be. Bottom line: this is a business and you need to be an educated consumer and look out for yourself. I want my site to be a family blog and not a ranting site, occasionally catering to family.
My domain is paid for through July, at which point I will reevaluate whether I should go forward. It helps to have a 6 month plan. Less pressure that way. I have said before that when I run out of things to say I will close up shop and go home. Well, it appears that time hasn’t come yet.
I know I have regular readers. Not a huge amount but some come to my site on a daily basis. I would like to ask you which post of mine you enjoyed and what topic you would like me to cover in the future. Also, any suggestions are welcome. As long as no profanity, I will approve!
So, please comment just this once even if its not your thing. Plus, you will be entered to win a 25 dollar Amazon gift card. I’m sure your odds are excellent! Last chance to comment will be on Sunday at 10 pm. I will pick a winner randomly on Monday morning and email you the code.
Thank you so much for reading, applying through my site and all that jazz. I truly appreciate it. Its been quite a ride and I owe it all to you!
Photo credit goes to a movie “Jerry Maguire”.