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)