Making Blogging Worth My Time

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on February 20, 2012

in Blogging,Earning My Keep,Product Sites,Shopping

There are times in this blogging life where sometimes, we have to use our powers for good (money).

It’s kind of like when you actually pay for a magazine at the bookstore instead of reading the entire thing while you sip your coffee then put the magazine back on the rack for some other shlub to pay for it.

Basically, what I’m saying is sometimes, we bloggers have to do things to make money to make this whole blogging thing worth everyone’s time. Sometimes, that means we publish sponsored posts and include affiliate links in our posts. There’s only so many pennies I can earn from the CPM on those sidebar ads before I start writing controversial linkbait-y posts just for the negative attention-clicks. And NO ONE wants to see that happen.

I’ll always be authentic and truthful on this here blog of mine. Mostly because I have a hard time even keeping the truth straight. That said, these super awesome nerd shirts from Mental Flossicon are ones I totally want. Consider it a bonus that they’re linked using affiliate links.

Though this shirt may not work for me (because as we already know, my Patronus is Rachel Maddow holding a chimichanga), my Anna totally needs this shirt from Mental Floss. The kid is a reading wizard and is 1/4 of the way through Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

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I don’t know what I did to have a kid who at 7 years old reads Harry Potter books proficiently, but if I could bottle her genius, I’d make gajillions and wouldn’t have to use affiliate links or ads on my blog.

But I guess we can say Anna gets her nerdiness from us, her parents, because we gave her a name that we spell backwards.

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mental_floss storeFor two days, take an extra 20% off* everything in the Mental Flossicon sale for the President’s Day sale, starting on 2/20/12 at 12:01am EST through 2/21/12 at 11:59pm EST. Just enter Mental Flossicon coupon code 20BYGEORGE at checkout.

*The sale excludes clearance, magazine subscriptions and package deals.

SO really what I’m saying is don’t hate on us bloggers for doing what we can to make a couple of extra pennies so we’re not that magazine at the bookstore who gets used and abused then put back. Click a link or banner a few times. It doesn’t hurt too much, and it makes us love you more.

Your blogger thanks you.

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1 Cindy G February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

OK, so your 7 y/o is reading HP books – question to you – is she made of strong stuff or is she a more timid child and does anything in the HP books particularly freak her out? I have the whole set and my DD wants to read them and I want to make sure they’re okay for her before I give her nightmares. FTR, she loves Star Wars, all of them and the only thing that freaked her out was when Anakin went into the lava and climbed out all burnt to a crisp. She’s pretty hardy.

As for these t-shirts, they are GENIUS! I can’t decide which is the best and I really, really need one.

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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] February 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

We knew the first two HP books would be OK for her because she saw the movies. We hesitated on letting her read the 3rd, but after watching the movie and talking about the Dementors, she read the 3rd. She takes tests on books she reads at school, and after she scored a 100 on book 3, we thought she’d be ready for #4.

My husband has read the entire series, so he’s more familiar with the appropriateness than I am. Because the movies are pretty much a Cliff’s Notes version of the books, she has an overview of the book before she reads them. Normally we don’t let her see movies of books she’s reading until she reads them, but in the case of HP, we don’t think it’s hurting her to see the movie first. The tests she takes tells us that!

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3 Amanda February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

My boyfriend would love that palindrome shirt!

Also I’m totally impressed with your 7 year old.
An Awesome post on Amanda´s blog … and that’s how I knew I might be a masochist

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] February 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I’m totally impressed with her, too. We think it’s because we spell her name backwards.

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5 Mary the WAHM February 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Very nice post, being a work from home mom that does make my living off of affiliate marketing I love how you are following all of those disclosure policy laws in this post. Very nice. And I need to introduce your daughter to mine.. My 8 year old loves to read and loves her Harry Potter!
An Awesome post on Mary the WAHM´s blog … The Most Often Overlooked Work at Home Opportunity

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