When I first started blogging a bit over three years ago, I met another
blogger who took me under her wing. She helped me to get more
exposure by featuring me on her weekly Welcome Wagon post. And
then she spent hours (and I do mean HOURS) on the phone with me
answering my many questions and giving me a great deal of help.
She did all of this out of the goodness of her heart and expected
nothing in return. That's the kind of gal she is. Her name is
Brenda and her blog is Cozy Little House.
I also know that other newbie and not so newbie bloggers have
benefited from her generosity. Now I am saddened to know that
some readers have been criticizing her for her ads taking up too
much space on her blog or the fact that Brenda is a very frank person
and let's us into her world. She does not sugar coat. To read Brenda's post
I imagine that there is a blog for just about every subject and every lifestyle and that is how
it should be. How fortunate we all are that such a format exists. We have the opportunity to
pick and choose between so much talent and creativity. We can enjoy this format from the
comfort of our own homes, from our smart phones while we wait in the grocery line, from
wherever we may be. And all of this is free to the reader!
But creating and writing a blog on regular basis is hard work. For those of you
who are blog authors, you know exactly what I am talking about. And there are
expenses involved as well. At some point the concept of accepting advertising
becomes quite tempting just to offset some of the costs of writing the blog. This
is a choice that the blogger may make.
Will I be offended by ads or will I choose to no longer read a favorite
blog because the author has chosen for whatever reason to accept ads?
Perhaps a blogger has reached the subscriber level where money can
be made from their blog. If one is working on a daily basis to
provide a fascinating format is it fair that one should be compensated?
Yesterday Jeremy and Jacob came over to cut my lawn. My husband is
down in Texas already and I am up here coping with the responsibilities
of two households and a rental property. I don't have time to cut the grass.
I paid Jeremy and Jacob because they look after this task for me and
I am happy to pay them. And I am happy to click on an interesting ad
on a site that I happily read often. It's a fair trade to me.
Brenda has made a choice to accept advertising on her blog.
It is not up to me or to anyone to judge her decision to do so.
But I will say that Brenda has worked very hard to provide us
with beautiful photos and exemplary writing. She has gladly
provided help and tips for navigating through the blog format
options. She has introduced us to blogs we well may have
missed on our own.
Brenda has bared her soul to all of us. She has shared her passions
and her intimate self. Not all of us are capable of being so
transparent, nor do all of us choose to be, but Brenda is a
For whatever it is worth Brenda, I like your blog and have
for many years now. I don't mind your ads at all and it does
not interfere with your entertaining content. Keep your head
held high my friend.
Happily Joining ~
Bentley ~ say hi to Brenda's Yorkie pups Abi and Charlie!
Susan and Bentley