Things are never familiar to me for too long. I have officially quit my day job, and until I graduate with my MA degree in spring of 2012, I will be solely working for myself.
Yes, after a year of working a day job, with a blog (and some side projects) and a full graduate school load of classes, I think the candle (having been burnt on both ends) finally burned out. My previous job worked for a time- I got it before I started blogging, before I started to get a grip on my personal finances and I needed something just to help me pay for life in Chicago. Hours at that job were sporadic- after getting my work schedule emailed over on a Friday evening, some weeks I would work at 6am (then go to class that evening) and other weeks I’d work from the mid afternoon to 12am. I also came to realize that I would never get paid a dime more, no matter how long I worked there or how well I did. Even after graduating with an advanced degree and working there for two years, I’d still make the same- I’d just get more hours.
Look, I’m always a bit snarky. I have an odd sense of humor but I’m still typically pretty chipper. At work, when I began to loathe my life and the people that came into the office, while simultaneously working my tummy into knots that I didn’t get my homework done and it’s currently 10:30pm and I’m still at the office. I was getting antsy, aggravated and began to realize that if I wanted to move forward it was time to loosen up the strain…
So before I completely went berzerk I put in my notice, hoping my blog could help me get by, I mean, it’s a frugality blog right? If there was ever a time to practice what you preach, it’s now!
You may have noticed there are ads in my sidebar among a few other changes in the blog. I am able to generate a small amount of money by monetizing my blog, and your presence here helps me pay my bills. It is such a gift that you, my reader can light up my life by reading my blog and leaving your delightful comments but that your support of my blog helps me gain traffic that helps me better leverage my writing skills to advertisers and get me noticed by others who further this blog (getting featured at BlogHer has been pretty darn snazzy!)
I get so many kind compliments, comments and emails about the blog- thank you! Every time you visit my page, leave a comment, share my link or share my blog on your social media networks, you are supporting what has become not just a passion, but my income. Granted, times are tight- but I love what I do. THANK YOU for being a part of this.
Some people take issue with employing ads or other monetization strategies on your blog. While I can totally understand their standpoint- ads can be annoying and at times you have to question the motives of the blogger who “sells out,” to ads or monetization opportunities. I can promise you that I keep as transparent as possible. (Did you know that blogs are regulated by the FTC when you monetize them? You legally have to have a disclaimer page or disclose on posts when a third party gave money or products!)
Truth be told, it has been such a blessing to be able to make enough money to buy groceries with my writing. Honestly, getting paid to interact with readers, write what I love and grow my little labor-of-love over the past year has been tremendously powerful and a totally motivating!
You may have noticed I am now doing giveaways. Some of the gifts have been out of my own pocket, but I’ve been getting some wonderful offers from companies to collaborate in reader giveaways- (yes, that means you and yes, that means free stuff! Woot!)
I hope you know how much you mean to me as a reader of this blog. Posting as been cathartic and has transformed me as a person, thank you for being a part of this. With your support I’ve been able to talk about so many personal topics- love, loss, growth, health and dreams…not just frugality or saving money on groceries!
…but what next? I hope to continue to grow this blog and build a life around it. I love to write, am gaga for social media and love working on the computer. My next step involves growing this blog up and out and trust me, I plan on rewarding you along the way. You made this possible, and I promise never to forget it.