I’m asking. I’d love for someone to tell me why fashion bloggers should NOT make money from their blogs. I have heard a lot of reasons, but most seem to stem from the idea that one can not do something creative and fun and make money from that at the same time. What? I don’t know about you, but that’s my ultimate goal in life: to make money doing what I care most deeply about and enjoy. Thankfully, I have reached that goal, and I personally don’t think there’s any other way to live. Now, I just want everyone else to reach that goal
Annabel from Blushing Ambition left this comment on the Chictopia/Payless debate at Independent Fashion Bloggers:
the moment blogging becomes “all about the money” you’re merely a slave to a corporate structure of attaching a value to a creative outlet such as fashion blogging. I find it sad when many bloggers today can talk about is gaining compensation for exposure and increasing their amount of readers just for more sponsorship opportunities. Whatever happened to genuinely writing for an audience interested in what you have to say or photograph?
What I want to understand, is why is “genuinely writing for an audience interested in what you have to say” mutually exclusive from earning a living in her (and many other commentor’s) eyes? I make money from my blogs precisely BECAUSE I GENUINELY write for an audience interested in what I have to say…
I do understand the sentiment that many bloggers are scared that once they get their first advertiser they’ll be “beholden” to them somehow and constantly worried about keeping them. But I don’t think that has to be the case. Advertisers come to you and want to advertise on your blog because they respect your voice and your reach and want to be a part of your community. Yes, some just want to take ADVANTAGE of your voice & your reach, and those are the ones you should turn down. But there’s nothing wrong with accepting advertisement from boutiques and/or designers you respect and would love to work with; offering relevant advertisements on your blog is a benefit to you and your readers.
Oh, and there are many “creative” types who make a great deal of money selling their creations – are they sell-outs? should they not be making money? I don’t think we’d make that leap. Why do we judge fashion bloggers for trying to make money?
You, as a fashion blogger deserve compensation for your work and your time. If it’s enough for you to be compensated by the interaction you have with your community, then that’s great – for you. Don’t judge those of us who want to do this full time. In fact, don’t judge at all…
Making money is not evil. In fact, if pressed, I would say that earning a living doing something that brings you and others joy everyday is one of the least evil things you can possibly do
What do you think? Should fashion bloggers make money from their blogs? why or why not?
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