Good Morning, my fellow dog bloggers! It has been quite a while since I’ve posted, and…boy, did I miss it!
For the past few months, I have been grappling with the decision of what I should actually do with Life Embarked…a place that has been my second home for three years. All around me are some extremely amazing writers who are now taking their blogs to the next level…specifically, monetizing it.
Now that got me to thinking…should I do the same thing?
If I place ads along my blog’s sidebar, it would certainly generate a decent income over time. And how can anyone frown upon that, right?
(I should note that, because I chose to use WordPress.com as my blog hosting site, I am able to blog for free. Though, in return, WordPress.com does place ads on the bottom of my posts on occasion. In this blog post, I am talking about making the decision to use ads so that I will, personally, earn an income.)
So, I began to research on the exact steps to take Life Embarked to the next money-making level. As a result, I unfortunately departed from my blogging entirely. And as I delved further into my research (WordPress.org, Google AdSense, Affiliate Links, oh my!), the dollar signs grew bigger, and I began to lose sight of the original reason why I began blogging in the first place back in August of 2011.
I began this blog a few months after my first dog, Hopper, passed away. Losing Hopper was my very first experience with the direct loss of a loved one, and it made a huge impact on my life. Before Hopper, I felt that life was infinite…of course, I knew that wasn’t the case, but I felt it. There were dreams I needed to fulfill, but as life happened, I thought “Oh, I’ve got time to pursue writing later. I need to focus on paying those awful bills first!”.
Hopper and his mommy
Hopper’s passing was a gigantic lesson in mortality for me. It was a huge wake up call that told me that life is definitely not infinite. If I really, truly wanted to pursue my dream of writing for a living, I had to start ASAP! But I had no idea where to begin. Luckily, this thing called blogging was gaining huge headway, so I found the perfect outlet to write, gain feedback, then improve!
So, I can honestly say that Hopper’s passing is the reason why I began Life Embarked. And, if I go forward with monetizing it, (as crazy as this sounds) I feel that I would be profiting from his passing. And that is quite a horrible feeling.
Now, in general, I think ads on blogs is a fabulous idea! Companies are finally taking note of just how influential bloggers really are! However, in my case, it is just not a good match.
Thankfully, Life Embarked as been the source of some outside opportunities…most notably, my work with Pack. I am hoping that more work will generate as a result of what is seen here. However, I now feel it is best to not use this blog as a way to gain an income through ads…to not profit directly from something that originally derived from somber beginnings. Instead, Life Embarked will continue to be an outlet for me to perfect my writing as well as a world-wide voice for the causes I believe in (specifically, advocacy for animals and the elderly). I will also use this blog as a springboard for future endeavors that I have always wanted to take part in, but (in the past) was too scared or intimidated to do…because the fear is now gone, thanks to some unforgettable canine inspiration! ;-)
So, I apologize for my absence, but I am oh-so-happy to be back! I have come home!