Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bits and bobs

I've been doing some freelance and my first post was just published on the GreenSteve blog. It's about how I got into the environment movement and why I'm not tired of fighting for safe climate future for us. I'd be absolutely tickled pink if you would check it out and leave me some love: Deidre on Growing Up Green.

Alright, so there is something that I'd like to run by you, oh esteemed blog readers and people of the blogging sphere, and that is sponsorship. I've been going through a bit of an existential crisis the past few days as job opportunities dwindle and my sanity went on holidays. That isn't really important here except that I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I can do that is productive that will fill in my time.

One of the things I came up with is actually filling in the pages on the home menu. It's been a long long time (2 years?) since I had this site redesigned and yet both my blogroll and my sponsor page are empty.

Then, I started thinking about what kind of sponsorship I wanted to offer and what makes most sense with my blog. My blog doesn't have the biggest following in the world, but it does have a committed following (hey, that's you!). I feel like people who read this blog know me, they're part of a community of people. We share recipes, good books (as a side note, should I do more of that?), photos of places I travel, and the heartache of being a perpetually unemployed expat. So seriously, what could I offer you?

I knew that first of all, it could only be blogs and/or products that I 100% fully endorse and make sense for the international crowd - as much as possible anyway - that hang out on Decoybetty.com.

Advertising that doesn't work for me is anything in the sidebar (although if you'd like to do a button swap with me, please let me know!), I never click on those. I'm most likely going to click, if it is an honest post reflecting the kind of blog that is advertising. For example, I imagine the posts would be something like this or like this - with more information about the blog, why I like it, etc etc.

But I have so many questions! Would anyone possibly pay money for this ($10 for a post + social media pimping)? Is it horrible if some people pay but I get inspired and do some for free? Do I have to tell people it's a sponsored post? Does it ruin the integrity of this blog? Is it worth the $20 or month I hope to earn from it? HELP ME. (and also if you're interested in doing some sort of sponsoring situation email me! decoybetty at gmail dot com)

22 comments:

  1. I say go for it. I would just make sure and reassess in a few months to see if sponsorship is working like you'd hoped. I also say write about what you want, but you should include a disclaimer on the bottom of sponsored posts.

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  2. Rock it out! Seriously! I hope you find exactly what you are looking for and hey...if you get paid in the process that is just icing on the cake!

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  3. I'm a bad blogger to ask because I'm about to give up the whole blogging thing completely. That being said, Yes! to more Books posts!

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  4. Sponsorship sounds like a good idea, especially if it means something to you personally. Many of the blogs I read do sponsored posts from time to time, so it's pretty common and I think people are used to it now. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

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  5. Sponsorship is a great idea. Perhaps start out doing ad swaps or sponsorship posts for free and then once you have established what you can do for potential sponsors, it's easier for you to get someone to pay for a spot.

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  6. sponsorship is a double edged sword. If it's done right I think its great for everyone and if it's done wrong then i'm one of those that get annoyed by it. I dream of being the girls in A Beautiful Mess....they earn a.fortune from sponsorship but they don't annoy me as their blog is so varied and interesting. There are other blogs that just constantly bombard you with their sponsors it gets so irritating, it makes me un follow. So my thoughts are that you need to think about how you are going to do the sponsor thing carefully, take a look at loads of other blogs and see how they go about it, there are so many different ways.
    Personally I've kept away from it, because if |I can't do it like those ABM girls, well I don't want to do it at all haha

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  7. Hey, never hurts to try offering! I prefer working with people seeking PR/SEO help, because I suck and am too scared to let down my blogging friends who may sponsor. I'm sure if you're really committed to it though, your sponsors can shine! And way to go on the freelancing :)

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  8. Hopefully, you are on your way to finding the right people and blogs to help you. Honestly, I think you need to write a book. These days, one might wonder though..like the chicken before the egg..you know, was it the blogging that got the book published..or the book helping the blog.

    All the best on your writing!

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  9. I think you should go for it. I think after awhile of trying if you don't think it's for you, you can just stop or reassess! It's your blog, you can do whatever you want. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  10. For me, it took a lot of trial and error to figure out what worked best. And it's different for everyone. But I say go for it!

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  11. I am formally launching my advertising next week!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  12. Whatever you do, avoid those constant give-aways. I can't stand sites that have sold their souls for a few chap diapers / craft supplies / brand name watches. I think if you posted about something, noting it was a sponsorship, you would do well. I have no idea how social media or all that works - I'm not even going to try - but, I know plenty of people have done it and been successful. Go for it. Maybe THAT is what life is trying to tell you.

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  13. I think that as long as you're honest and don't feature blogs or brands you don't really like just for the money it'll be alright! and I dont think that there is a secret recipe you know, try whatever makes sense for you and evaluate in few months and with time you'll eventually find out what works best! good luck :)

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  14. I'm not much help because I know nothing about the whole sponsorship thing, but possibly it could be something you could try for, say, a month and then if you're not liking the results you could stop? Regarding books, I always love knowing what people are reading and if they like it or not.

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  15. I don't know much about sponsorship, but if you did decide to offer it, I would certainly take you up on that offer! if you try it out and realize it's not for you/not worth it after a couple months, you could always stop :-)

    - Val @ KnotTiedDown.com

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  16. We do sponsored posts, but we do have to screen them. I recently did one where they paid us and I featured a roundup of their products. The thing is that I do love their site and their products and fully endorse them. I still feel an obligation to say it's a sponsored post since they did pay me...but honestly it's worked out well for us. We get to make money off of the blog (and we love the blog), but it's a lot of work. I think you should test it out and see how it works for you.

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  17. I'm not into sponsorship. I'm my own person and don't want to be bought. I post what I like. Period. That's my opinion. I like to know when I'm reading a sponsored post. I have a lot of readers of my blog but not registered followers.

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  18. I think that what you want to do is absolutely reasonable. And $10 for a heartfelt opportunity to reach people is far more valuable than $10 for a meaningless button on a sidebar somewhere. If it feels okay to you, go for it!

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  19. I am completely 100% behind sponsorship if done right. Choose things you would write . . . write in your usually witty style . . . don't bombard your readers with sponsored posts (maybe one or two a month--do a feature and then offer a side for the remainder of the month? For more than $10, naturally). I know here in the US we are required to notify readers if it is a sponsored post.

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  20. I think that as long as your sponsored posts remain genuine to what your blog represents, it would totally be worth it!

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  21. I can go either way. BUT I HAVE found that I unfollow people who bombard me with sponsor posts. I am sure you won't be obnoxious with the sponsorship posts!

    :)

    XO Lourdes

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