I blog. I go to conferences about blogging.
I talk to other…bloggers. I read other…blogs. I write, cook, photograph, network all to help…blog.
But, don’t you just have to write you say? Don’t you just get big by writing and writing and writing? And about the money, it must be awesome getting so much for…writing, right?
Oh friends, if it were true I’d be writing to you from the Carribean. Everyday.
I didn’t start the blog trying to earn an income. I started, to write about our family’s journey in getting out of debt, changing our lifestyle and finding happiness in things that money can’t buy.
Along the way I found readers that cheered us on, fans became friends and the blog got a lot of support from the press.
If you look around my space, there are no ad networks. I write very few sponsored posts and contrary to what people may think, silent sponsors are not fueling this blog. It’s all on me.
So, that’s about to change.
Of the three conferences I’ve gone to, this first time, intimate workshop style conference did more for my entrepreneurial side than the one I went to last month with a few thousand.
I had access to some of the most powerful movers and shakers in the blogging world. I was able to have lunch with the founders Christy Matte (left) and Kim Tolander. I signed on to a fabulous ad network because of Jodi Grundig (middle) and just finished an awesome campaign with P&G Home Made Simple because of Cat Lincoln (right).
I was able to meet and talk with them on a personal level. No matter how many Facebook updates you post. Or how many retweets you get, nothing will ever take the place of personal, real life relationships. Nothing.
Friends, it’s time I start paying the bills with blogging.
Now, don’t worry. I’m not going to become a running advertisement. But, you will start seeing advertisements. They will be visible, and around…but will not disrupt the posts in anyway.
I wanted to let you all know before you wonder what’s happening! This will help to keep Frugalette going and buy some treats for the kiddos.
Thanks for your support.
And if you ever get the chance to attend a small conference.
Networking is more than getting someone’s contact info. It’s building lifelong relationships with people you admire, respect and hope to grab a cup of coffee with one day.