Some of you may have noticed that I've started to sell some of my own advertising on this website. Whether or not to advertise on a personal weblog is sometimes a contentious issue, so, in the spirit of transparency, I have decided to explain the what/when/why/who/how/where of it.
When? I decided to go this route a couple of weeks ago when I had this crazy why not? realization.
Why? I'm really, really greedy. No, I'm not. Well, except for when there are chicken wings involved. Luckily, this doesn't involve chicken wings. The real reason I have decided to sell some of my own ad space is that it will increase my revenue, which means that my largely unemployed self might be able to afford things like a new camera and a trip to the BlogHer '09 conference in Chicago. See also: Christmas presents, yarn, and bacon.
Who? This is all Maggie Dammit's fault. Well, except for the parts where I asked for her help and I made ad spot placeholder badges and and I researched rates and I wrote the text for my page about advertising on this website. Okay, really, it's not her fault at all. I was wandering around her website to see what there was to see, and I found a page she set up for advertisers. I thought she did such a classy job of it that she sold me on the idea, and I shot her an e-mail to ask if I could do exactly what she did, and she said yes. So, what she is really at fault for is being generous of spirit. The bitch.
How? Right now, there is very little how going on. I built it, and they might come. Hopefully. In fact, it has already started. I sold my first 125x125 pixel ad to Ree from My Life as a Hotfessional. She popped my ad-selling cherry, and it was sweet.
Where? The page that details my ad rates took hours of research, e-mails, and careful consideration. It's a work of love.
I refuse to alter my content on www.schmutzie.com for money by way of sponsored posts or due to any other publisher requests, so everything I have been doing on this site, including my occasional use of the word "fuck", will keep being done. Nothing will change here except that I will have more control over some of my ads, and I might be able to afford to go to the BlogHer conference this coming July.
So there you have it. I'm getting my hands dirty, and it feels kind of good.
I am a participant in NaBloPoMo 2008, a challenge to write 30 posts in 30 days during the month of November. "National Blog Posting Month is the epicenter of daily blogging!"