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I have something that has been weighing on me A LOT lately and after reading recent comments on another blog I thought I would address it here. It’s a little personal I guess and may not interest some of you but I hope you read it anyway.
It’s about blogging, decorating and money.
So many people have a misconception that bloggers do this all for fun and have an endless amount of money to craft and decorate whenever they choose. Changing things up on every whim is just what we do. Ok, sometimes that is what I do but those type changes are always free or very affordable.
BUT for bigger projects and home decorating it’s simply not true, NOT true for me for sure!
I have a GOD given talent to make things pretty. I’m creative and a do it myself type person. It has taken me my entire adult life to realize this is truly a gift. It’s not frivolous or petty and I am honoring GOD by using it wisely. I have been creating many years before blogging, some times I was paid, many times I was not but I did it any way.
I still do.
I believe when we have a passion for something we do it anyway, money or not!
The world tries to make us feel like earning money for such talent is some how wrong. Many people think this blogging thing is like a well orchestrated diary that should be shared without any advertisements or sponsored post. For some it may be, for me, it’s a job, that I happen to love!!
I am still a stay at home mom with 1 child in high school and the other in college. College tuition is no joking matter, I can see our checking account going down faster than up. So, I do what I do here on the blog because I have a gift that I choose to share with all of you.
I can also use it to contribute financially to help my family. The ads on this site pay me money just by having you scroll past them. If you find something there that catches your eye, great. If not, you can scroll right past it and I still get paid.
I can teach and inspire you to make your home beautiful from the inside out.
I can share my passion with you all and get paid while doing it.
I can offer you product reviews and advice because companies know word of mouth is the best advertising. LIKE really, the best! I much prefer to get recommendations from my friends than a TV commercial. I count us as friends!
What you need to also know…this blogging gig isn’t easy! It takes hours, most times days to create, photograph, edit, write, share just one post. All that while making sure the technical side of the blog is functioning well. I am thankful for a husband who helps me with much of the back end side if I need it because the computer work is NOT my gift. He doesn’t paint but he can install code into my blog. Along with a helpful husband, I am super thankful for bloggers friends who help me when I have an issue. Usually people I have never meet in real life.
I’m not getting rich here but I’m earning something. I may not do this forever but for now I am.
From this point forward I will not feel bad about it!
I will thank GOD for blessing me with the abilities and the opportunities to do what I have loved my whole life.
I will not feel bad because some readers and some other bloggers as well, want me to do it for free.
Here’s what I am asking of you the next time you read my blog, my friends blog or any other blog, before you judge, remember there is a real person behind that computer screen who has worked hard to offer you great advice, inspiration and tutorials for FREE. In my case, a woman who found it possible to live her dream job. Be VERY grateful there are ways for me to earn money with the blog so you can continue to be inspired for free!
Think before you type something rude and out of line. Be kind and build others up.
AND hey, if you don’t like that particular bloggers projects and home decorating style move on and find one you do. There are plenty of options.
I am blessed by so many wonderful readers who week after week leave me uplifting comments and I APPRECIATE you so much! YOU are the reason this blog exists!
Keep it up, it does my heart good!