Guys, I went and done it.
I became THAT blogger.
You know, the blogger who hosts sponsored posts occasionally, and becomes affiliated with companies that dish out their goods for review. I have until this time been 100% not for profit on here, and it’s been grand, but when I started to get approached about reviewing products for free goodies, or commissions, I fell in line. I know a lot of people HATE when bloggers do this. Are you sad? You shouldn’t be, this is why:
1. This means I’ll be given items occasionally that I’ll be able to GIVE TO YOU FOR FREE! Which means, really fun giveaways for all of you! I’ve done giveaways before, but the majority of those, I dished the money out for myself, so this is a win win now for both of us!
2. The companies will often let me give you guys special discounts that you wouldn’t get otherwise! I’m all about those discounts.
3. I don’t know if you realize or not, but keeping up with a blog is kind of hard work! The researching and linking and typing and photo editing, and coding all take a bit of time, even though I LOVE every second of it, i’ll actually be compensated (I’m talking small compensation in the beginning here guys…like way small..) for doing this thing that I love and have been doing for free for nearly two years! With two kiddos and a husband and chickens and horses and acres of land, I really do enjoy escaping to my creative outlet here on the web, but being rewarded from time to time for doing so makes my time spent typing and researching things for ya’ll seem less of a waste on my end, since I’ll feel that sense of accomplishment that we ALL need to feel.
4. You can TRUST ME that even though I’ve become THAT blogger, I won’t become THHAAAAT blogger. You know the one. The one who used to be fun and quirky, and worth a read, but now only posts outfit posts with hardly any words and a whole lot of links to products that only Bill Gates should be buying. I already give you my opinionated review on things that I use here in my own household and I will to continue to ONLY recommend things to ya’ll that I either own myself, or would like to own. I understand how hard we all work for our money, and I’m not going to ask you to blow it for a measly 6% on something I wouldn’t think to be a smart buy. I won’t be pushing $500 shoes on you, I just won’t. I’m a normal mom, living a normal life, so my recommendations will be normal. Now, I might spend more on a designer diaper bag, or the occasional splurge than many of you would ever ponder doing, and vise versa, so lets not judge each other okay? You have my word, that I’ll keep it real on here. I’ve already turned away from a few sponsors who were asking me to do sponsored posts just because their products weren’t something I felt like I would use or I should ask you to drop those dolllass on, and I’ll continue to seed through things like so. I’ve only accepted/requested affiliation from companies that I already link you to on my blog, so nothing will really change. I have some Easter gift/outfit posts planned (just like I did last year) and even though 50% of the things that I link you to, I won’t make a dime off of, I still plan to do so, because the whole point of me sharing things with you is to get you informed about things that I am liking or loving, not to make money. The commission is secondary, and it won’t be affecting the choices of what I link you to.
Why did I feel the need to tell you this? Well, I didn’t want to just start making money off of you when you click on something…I wanted you to know that I was linking you to products that I MAY make a commission off of, because not telling you would be kind of shady, don’t you think? It’s unethical surely, and I like things to be bright and sunshiny on here.
I’m excited to start opening up these new doors in the blogging world, and I’m super excited that you all will be along on the journey with me! My blog wouldn’t have gained the attention that it did from these companies if it wasn’t for every single one of you! I can’t wait to watch it grow by leaps and bounds, and it’s totally your doing. Every single one of you who take the time to read and comment and cry and laugh along with my little family and I, I send you love, and so much of it!
P.S. Your first AMAZING code is going to follow shortly in the next post. I wanted to get this one posted before I sent you to your first affiliate site. I hope a few of you get to snag something you’ve been wanting with the codes I give you in the near future!
Photo courtesy of Marlene Touchet Photography