When I started this blog 2 months ago, I didn’t expect anything of it. I figured a few of my friends would read it out of courtesy and/or interest in my progress, but that would be it. I started this blog mostly as a way to keep track of my progress, put my thoughts and feelings into words, and as a way to hold myself accountable to actually do my workouts (I don’t want to have to report that I’ve given up or otherwise failed).
But I’ve come to realize it’s much more than that. I’ve connected with so many great readers/commenters & fellow bloggers who share common ground of running, depression, C25K, or are just some truly fascinating individuals.
So thank you all for reading, commenting, and subscribing!
While I’m not someone who worries about my “blogging numbers” it did put a smile on my face to get a notification last night that I have reached 50 followers, and a quick peek at my stats showed that I reached 1000 views as well.
So now that I am nearing the end of my C25K training, I’m thinking about the future of this blog. I still plan on blogging my journey, as I still have a long way to reach my running goals and get my depression managed.
However, I’m thinking it might be time to start trying to monetize it. I’m not trying to be greedy here, but the fact of the matter is I’m a stay at home mom and Hubby works full time as well as being a full time student, so money is not exactly in abundance.
Running is an expensive hobby. People say running is the best type of exercise because it’s free, but that is a lie, unless you are just planning on jogging a half mile every few days. Proper shoes, clothes and other gear (like a water bottle) are necessary and not exactly cheap.
I was fortunate enough to have a pair of sneakers that work well enough for the short distances I’m running right now, but they don’t have much life left in them, and they aren’t really a running shoe anyway. We were able to scrape together about $100 to get me a sports bra, tech shirt, athletic pants and a water bottle when it became clear that running in blue jeans and a cotton tee wasn’t going to work (not to mention the problems I had drinking with my old bottle).
But I’m reaching the point now where I need a better fitting sports bra, a pair of proper running shoes, a long sleeve running shirt and/or a tech jacket, some compression sleeves (or proper running pants with compression built into them), not to mention money to actually enter events.
Some may argue that entering events isn’t necessary and why would I pay $45+ for something I can do in my neighborhood for free. But I’m a bit of a magpie. I like bling & swag; especially when it represents something I’ve done or seen and most especially when it is a symbol of something I’ve accomplished. And events like those hosted by RunDisney are the carrot I’ve been dangling for myself to keep me motivated to train even when it’s hard. That is why my first goal has been to run below RunDisney’s pace requirement of 16 min/mi, so I can participate in their events.
So I’d like to monetize this blog as a way to cover all these various experiences associated with running.
I’m thinking I’ll try an ad program. But that requires that I have my own domain (instead of the free WordPress domain), which while not terribly expensive is not in the budget right now. So I’m exploring my other options.
On the recommendation of some blogger friends I am looking at some affiliate programs. To start with I’ll be using Amazon’s affiliate program, which gives me a small percentage of anything you purchase using my link.
It’s a great and easy way to help support my site without having to spend any extra money.
When you do your shopping, come here first and access Amazon through the link on my Support Page.
When I talk about products I like or things I’ve just bought, I’ll be linking to them with my affiliate link, but I will always let you know when I do this. It will look something like this:
“I’ve put Amazon Prime (affiliate link) on my Christmas List this year, its the only video streaming service I’m not subscribed to ”
I don’t get anything for you clicking on it, just when you purchase, but I like being open and transparent, so I will always indicate when something is through any affiliate programs I may be involved in.
A few blogger friends have also suggested I add a “tip jar” where readers can donate if they want to support me. I’ve had mixed feelings about this. I understand some people want to just support blogs & websites they love without having to make additional purchases, but to me it kind of feels like I’m begging for money. But I’d love your input on this, leave your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks again to all of you who read, comment and subscribe and a preemptive thank you to those who choose to support this site monetarily.
Its been an amazing two months, and I hope there are many more to come.