I’m not going to lie, part of why I’m making this post is what’s going on in my head and not just a response to emails.
A few of my supporters have wanted me to monetize my blog due to the extensive traffic and attention it’s getting. Not advertisements mind you, but maybe a small Paypal box for those that want to show their support.
I would be lying if I said that the same thought hadn’t crossed my mind as well.
Here’s the reasons that I haven’t monetized my blog (yet).
1) I Don’t Need the Money
Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to have the money.
But I don’t need it. I make enough to pay rent and go to school while going out with my friends on occasion. I make enough money working where I can live like any normal 20-something.
2) It Undermines Credibility
While critics (aka Vemma affiliates) ask this question rather rudely, it’s still a valid question to ask:
“Why do you do what you do?”
To put it quite simply, I do what I do because I believe Vemma is doing wrong by the vast majority of people it “employs”. I believe I have done an exemplary job of this, and I know of several leader in Vemma who are having to lie about their income because of how fast their teams are quitting.
If I monetize my blog, it may seem like “oh, this kid is just doing it for the money’.
Sure I may make money, but my message will get muddled in the process.
3) Busy Life
As any of my regular readers have been able to tell, lately my posting has been sporadic at best. Between exams, graduate school and internship applications, and working I’ve really had to cut back on my blogging.
I feel as though it would be unfair to generate revenue from a from a blog that I may not update as much as I’d want to.
However . . .
I joined Vemma because I thought it would be awesome to make money (with my friends) to help my family out. Not because they need it, but because I want to repay my parents for all they’ve done for me.
I can do it eventually after I get a career, but why not start now?
So instead of Vemma, if I could generate some kind of revenue blogging AGAINST Vemma (a moral high ground) that would be kind of ironic and awesome.
So what do you guys think?
I’d really like to hear my supporters’ opinions on this! Just let me know either via email OR in the comments below!