This announcement has been a long time coming and a decision that I have mulled over for several months. I’ve changed my mind nearly every single day for the past six weeks. Three times alone last night. I waffled several times in conversations with Amanda and Rachel. The decision is a personal one, but complicated nonetheless. It also may completely change the way La La Lisette operates.
And…I’ll be honest….this is the part of this post where I was going to announce that I wouldn’t offer advertising spots to bloggers anymore. But I’ve changed my mind…yet again.
You’ve probably already noticed, but I’m not blogging on the daily anymore. And that’s deliberate.
When I started blogging, I took everything head-on so that I could be a “successful blogger.” My sponsorship options ran the gamut: sidebar ads, in-post ads, social media shout outs, sponsor spotlights, giveaways, guest posts, etc. All of those sponsorship items became stressful. They became work. They became a burden. And that’s when I knew blogging (and sponsorships) had to change for me.
I’ve recently mentioned feeling blue. While the reasons were many, my sponsorship obligations had a lot to do with those feelings. I grew to abhor doing sponsor spotlights. It wasn’t personal, and in no way a reflection of the bloggers that chose to sponsor me (I’m extremely grateful for them!), but I felt that my blog wasn’t my own anymore. Spacing out sponsor spotlights twice a week would not work out for me due to the pressure to produce something interesting, or the nature of my posts. Some were sponsored posts, most were personal, but when they ended with a spotlight I felt that my thoughts and feelings were exploited just for an “ad.” Does this make sense?
So what ended up happening was that I’d have a shitload of sponsor spotlights that weren’t published on time…then I’d panic and stuff several into one post. It was very obvious to me (and probably to you as well) that I was half-assing things.
Many days I didn’t have anything to say at all..but I still felt obligated to post consistently to keep up pageviews for my sponsors. However, I found that my blog posts were…fluff. I’m an all or nothing kind of gal. And this was killing my sense of integrity. And if there’s one thing I’m not good at, it would be b u l l s h i t t i n g. I plan on taking my time and not push out mediocre posts. That (hopefully) means higher-quality blog posts from my end, and more traffic for you.
And so my sponsorship game plan has changed. I am still offering sponsorship options —BUT– they have changed. In order to reflect my evolving blogging lifestyle (did I just create a new genre of blogs?) I have cut out sponsor spotlights.
Life happens. I have other interests that I either haven’t pursued or they’ve taken a back seat. I have a small and humble blog design business (which is slowly growing!) that needs TLC. I recently purchased a DSLR camera and have re-discovered my love of photography. And, oh yeah, I have a degree in music. Honestly, who uses their college degree nowadays? I never followed up with the Savannah Philharmonic about that audition…thinking their chorus only performed twice a year. Oh, how wrong I was. They perform quite often. I decided I am going to pursue performing with the group. Whether I am accepted or not, I’ll post my results on here.
Sorry for all the rambling. But this just had get off my chest. I hope you’ll find a sponsorship option that better suits your needs. And, to kick off this overhaul, use promo code THANKYOU for $5 off ANY ad!
What sponsorship options work for you and your blog?