what is your blog worth to you?

by grechen on July 25, 2010 | RSS | FOLLOW ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK |

Most of the arguments I’ve found against fashion bloggers making money is that they’re “selling-out;” they used to be independent and creative, and now that they’re selling ads and/or receiving products to review, their voice is no longer meaningful, or even valid. As you probably know, I don’t personally buy into that argument in most cases, sure, there are definitely sell-outs, but they don’t stick around for very long. And they don’t become successful.

But just to reiterate that point, I ran across this gem in a recent ProBlogger article that sums up my feelings exactly:

2) Don’t be afraid to make money. Blatant product placements in the biggest video of the year? Sure, why not? There is nothing wrong with making ridiculous amounts of cash if that’s what you want to do. There is no such thing as a sellout. If you want to put ads on your blog, do it. If you want to sell products, do it. Don’t apologize. You should be paid to create art. Being a starving artist is nothing to be proud of.

It also goes along quite nicely with the recent “IFB Fair Compensation Manifesto“…

What do you think?

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Diya July 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I feel like those that have the loudest complaints about fashion bloggers (or bloggers in general) “selling out” are those that have never seriously attempted to own/maintain a blog themselves. I mean, compared to most fashion/style bloggers, I spend VERY little time on my blog and STILL I find myself spending at least 4 hours (on average) a day on the website… whether it’s responding to blog-related emails/comments, photo editing, photo shooting, and typing up blog posts. This is of course not including the time I spend networking at local Fashion events and etc… which should technically be factored in as well since I learn invaluable fashion/social media info that benefit my blog. All this time and no compensation? Really? In the end, it’s not really “selling out” as much as partially being compensated for my time/efforts on my blog… at probably not even minimum wage. Those that complain about us “selling out” probably never have had to deal with the email influxes or blog-related tasks we have to deal with and thus assume a much smaller time commitment? At least I hope that’s their motive and not because they’re jealous or believe no one should be paid for what they love to do….

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grechen July 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

you’re absolutely right diya – couldn’t have said it better myself. and i KNOW how much time you spend networking at local fashion events ;)

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diya July 27, 2010 at 4:07 am

yep! all that time that I could have spent getting a steady-paying job, I’m spending it on my blog. Hopefully it’ll take off and actually become profitable within the next year or so… :) right now I feel like I’m working multiple jobs (classes, research, blogging, modeling) all for free :(

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