Let me explain why. For the last three years (almost), I’ve been working very hard trying to create something useful on this blog. Something I can look at ten years from now and say: I’m proud of the content I’ve created, and know for a fact that it has made a positive difference in the lives of my readers. I want to be able to claim that I didn’t sell out and maintained full transparency at all times.
The thing is, it’s a ton of work and I’m exhausted. Popping out 5-7 (hopefully quality) posts per week while taking care of a family is no cakewalk. At least not to me. Some can manage it just fine, and more power to them. No sarcasm, I promise.
Have you seen how many contributors some of the other sites have? There are teams of 3, 5 and 7 individuals working full-time. What you may not know is that while some blogs publish all posts under the site’s name, behind the curtain there are ghost writers. Basically, someone else is writing a certain number of posts, but all the credit goes to the founder.
So, it looks like one person is doing all the work on the site when in fact, that’s not the case at all. I’m not going into ethical implications of this practice, that’s not the point. Ghost writers get compensated and agree to this arrangement, nobody is forcing them. My point is, it takes a village to run a useful blog. Well, unless you are Gary Leff, and you are the village.
Sure, I could scale back, but I want Miles For Family to be a resource folks can depend on week after week. Once you start posting irregularly/infrequently, the site turns into a hobby. There is nothing wrong with that, but I want more for my blog. I debated on whether to keep going or shut it down for good. What I’ve finally realized is that it’s time to poop or get off the pot. I need to either make it into something I can manage without sacrificing other priorities or simply walk away.
I really don’t want to walk away
I care deeply about my readers and find writing to be incredibly rewarding and at times cathartic. But doing research, answering emails, comments, working on posts… it all takes a tremendous amount of hours daily.
I have multiple commitments during the week, so it’s a challenge to find time to create a worthwhile content. Very soon my kids will be out of school for the summer, which will make this project even more difficult to manage. But the thing is, I love it.
So, what I’ve decided to do is ask Nancy who blogs at Savingforadream to help me run this website. In a month or so, I also plan to do a major switch to Bluehost (wish me luck!) and hopefully make it more presentable. I guess what I’m saying is that after three years, I’m finally ready to “poop.”
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Some questions you may or may not want to ask me:
1) Is this some sort of an evil plot to overthrow Doctorofcredit blog?
Yes. Yes, it is.
2) So, you are outsourcing your blog just like everyone else?
Not at all. For now, the plan is for Nancy to post once a week, possibly twice. I’m not outsourcing anything because I truly believe she can add a unique angle. She is an expert on all things Disney (I’m not). She also travels with three kids which presents a set of challenges when it comes to miles and points hobby. In fact, her guest post on Disney cruise got the most traffic I’ve had in 6 months. Go figure!
At the end of May I’m planning to go on vacation and take 10 days off. Hopefully, she will be able to fill in and write a few helpful posts while I’m gone. So, overall, this is a good thing for readers. Some of you will be able to relate to her style of writing, some will prefer mine. Hopefully, most will appreciate both perspectives.
I still plan to personally cover news and hot topics such as credit card offers and hotel promotions, and she will provide money-saving tips and Disney-related content. In fact, tomorrow I’m scheduling her first post as a regular contributor. The goal is to blend finance, travel and miles, and to make it as organic as possible. Pardon my fanciful language, friends.
3) I thought your blog isn’t making a lot of money. How can you afford a contributing writer?
I can’t. The arrangement is to split credit card affiliate revenue according to how many posts are published each month. I will email her a screenshot of earnings for the sake of transparency.
I want to be fair, and make it more of a partnership. Some months may be good, some will be lean. She understands the implications and agreed to this arrangement anyway, for which I’m very grateful.
This was critical to me because I don’t want to be under pressure to pay a certain amount for each post without knowledge of how much the site will bring in at the end of the month.
I believe it would affect my posts in a negative way and encourage me to promote paying offers above others. As I told her in an email, the goal of my site is to publish helpful information. Always.
If it happens to pay commission, that’s just gravy. You might be surprised, but I’ve actually turned down several money-making opportunities because they didn’t fit in with my message. So, I definitely don’t accept every shekel thrown my way.
Nancy will have 100% control of her content, and I don’t plan to interfere in any way. For the most part, we are just two sassy broads who are passionate about family travel. I hope you’ll support our efforts via comments and use affiliate links whenever it comes at no cost to you.
4) I’ve been following this site for several years and enjoy reading your posts. Sure, I’ve never used nor do I intend to use your affiliate links. Sorry, it’s a matter of principle! I want them eradicated so there is no longer a conflict of interest in the industry.
My point is, I take time from my busy schedule to read your free content. If you bring in a contributor, I’ll stop coming to your site. Any chance you’ll reconsider?
Well, guys and gals, I hope you’ll stick around. And I hope you make Nancy feel welcome. Got more questions? Hit me and her with your best shot!
P.S. Don’t worry, Julia isn’t going anywhere.
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.