Thoughts of an aspiring author and expanding entrepreneur
One of my long term goals in life is to become a published author. This is something that comes directly from my insatiable need to write and tell stories and basically let my imagination run amok all over the place. The creative process is one of the greatest experiences in the universe for me. I can spend hours working hard on writing and end up exhausted but deliriously happy at the same time. It is a great feeling. So of course like many people out there my more practical parts of my brain thinks “Why don’t we find a way to do this for a living?” To which my creative side responds “Oh yeah! That is an amazing idea! But how?”
I get my entrepreneurial nature from my father. He was a self employed computer guru and an amazing businessman. He was an amazing problem solver. If you had a computer problem he could find a way to solve it. And the amazing thing was he could normally do it within the budget you needed. Growing up helping him run computer network cables through buildings or installing new servers or even just on routine stop offs to check on clients was an eye opener when it came to business. It showed me that if you have a passion for something and you work hard that there is always a way to make a business out of it. And in my mind writing should be no different.
Now we get to the fun stuff. I have to admit the mental puzzle that is being an entrepreneur is just as exciting to me as writing in certain ways. And doing research for how to make my writing into a business has been a whirl wind tour of craziness. At first I started with simple ideas for monetizing this blog or possibly starting another blog to monetize. And yes I did originally balk at the idea of “monetizing” but the more I looked into it the more I think it might work. First off I looked where most people look, advertising. But after a brief glimpse at it I decided that until I get to a point where I can hand pick and choose who is being advertized on my blog I am not even going to entertain it. There is something about adverts that are picked by something else and randomly placed into my posts that feels too much like selling out.
This led me to another interesting approach for the blog, affiliate sales. The long and the short of my thoughts on this are simple, if there is something that I like enough to write about on the blog then I like it enough to support selling it. And there should be nothing wrong with having a link to buy the product from somewhere on my site. I am pretty sure that if you go back through my posts that you will find links to sites to buy many of the books that I have mentioned. So why not make that link an affiliate link? That way if there are any sales from that link I can use the funds to help support and expand this blog and my writing. And the greatest part of it is that I can pick and choose the things that I support.
In the end this is going to be a learning evolution. And hopefully it will be a productive one. There might be things that we try with the blog or as an extension to the blog that work amazingly. Granted there might also be things that totally tank. But I promise to be forthright and honest about all of them. That way we can all learn from it. And through your feedback maybe we can get this whole thing to work better.
So what do you think about advertising and affiliate links on blogs? How does that affect your reading enjoyment? Does it make you like or dislike the blog?