Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
We all promote something on our blogs. Some of you promote books you've written, or crafts that you make. Some promote the support of favorite causes and some promote the word of God. There are photography catalogues and blog designs for sale. And then there is the underlying promotion of ourselves as people, our corner of the world and the desire to have others come and share in it with us. When there's not a particular product or physical item to sell, some of us sell ourselves and our blogs to others willing to pay for our time. No - I don't mean Call Girls - I mean sponsored or paid posts. Or a review in exchange for a free sample - books, furniture, clothing, toys, etc.
We refuse to monetize The Bumbles Blog and have someone else's agenda dictate what we talk about. We want to keep it the way you found it, without ads on the sidebar mixed in with our personal widgets. And we don't want to sneak in sponsored posts passed off as something we really wanted to share with you. We think that might be a turnoff for those looking for a simple, albeit clumsy, reprise from the harsh world wide web hawking and demanding things left and right.
However, (there's always a however isn't there?) we do like to make a buck when we can. Molly went out and found places to write content she wanted to write outside of our personal blog and get paid for it. It means we can avoid the temptations of selling stuff here. But it also means she promotes those other posts here. We try to mix those links in with our everyday posts and not force them on anyone. We try not to be blatant and we try not to beg. What we're trying to say is that we're trying to be polite, humble Bumbles and we feel guilty for plugging these paid posts. But if you don't let people know what you're up to, expect not to be discovered.
So we struggle with the right balance. We don't want to hit you over the head with it week after week so that you start to become disinterested out of annoyance. But we don't want to be so subtle that no one realizes there's more to explore. You don't come here for ads about content elsewhere. But maybe you might be interested in following us outside of our home. So when we participate in a meme and offer a link to an outside post by Molly or just come right out and ask you to go have a look, we appreciate those of you who do. But we don't ever want anyone to feel obligated because we aren't pushy people. Maybe that's not the best marketing strategy, but it's what we've decided works for us and our goal.
Since we're putting it all out there, might as well share the current links. Visit, skip over, roll your eyes or beam with pride on our behalf. No worries.
Was that totally crass to do? Now we feel bad about it. Should we? What do you promote on your blog? How do you go about it? Upfront or subtle? Do you struggle with methods you employ or take pride in putting it all out there? What has been most effective for you? How often do you promote? Have you ever gotten feedback? Have you ever changed your mind? Don't be afraid to share - your blogger thoughts are safe with us.