I have got some horrified comments lately regarding “that thing” at the top of my blog. It’s an ad mediated by the Swedish company Tailsweep. A big flashing one for sure.
When I first considered adding ads on the blog a couple of years ago I didn’t like the feeling the thought gave me. I thought it would affect my way of blogging in a negative way. That I would feel haunted and forced to blog just to satisfy the sponsors. I was also afraid that my readers would not like it. After a couple of years and much thought I realized that I was still blogging in a frequent way and that I had the urge to go on with it. The ads had become more and more common over the web and at blogs so it felt like a good time to try if it could work for me as well. I began hosting sponsorships that I felt to be right for me and my readers. At first it felt a bit awkward I must admit. But after a while the good feeling of being able to contribute financially to my family by doing something that I love was stronger.
From an economical point of view things are more stable today compared to a couple of years ago. As many of you know I work broadly, that has actually been the key to make things going. Today I am in a position where I can choose in a much greater extent than before. I am finally able to turn down for me, depleted projects, that I felt forced to take on before. But even if things are changed to the better I’m still dreaming of being able to feed on what I do completely, and what I want to do.
I am aware of that blogging things that I’m fond off here and there, show off my country house, sitting in a dark cubby and play with dollhouses may seem depraved, frivolous and even ridiculous to many. The thing is it’s just that kind of thing that I really love to do, most. Maybe I should be ashamed, hide and explain myself. Or I could go on and hope that you still want to visit me tomorrow. For you to come here is important to me. I have many sweet friends but basically I am the epitome of a loner. I’m not the one who hang out at parties, or even socialize monthly. Ask any of my friends. I believe I’m boring. Although I have fun. I do enjoy communicating though, especially from my chamber.
I sincerely wish that more people could make a living on what they love to do. It is a privilege. And I hope of course that you do not need to “sell yourself” to be able to do it. I’m not sure if that is what I’m doing now or not.
Because the new, big flashing one is an ad not chosen by me. It is chosen by the company behind it, to suit my (Swedish) audience. If it fits I do not know, and I’m not at all sure if it was such a good idea. But now it’s there and maybe it will give new possibilities. Let’s see.