Workplace Safety…But First, Explaining a Blog Change

I’m tippy-toeing my way through some blog changes, and while most of them will be transparent to you, I feel that one change in particular needs some ‘splaining.

Regular readers know that for the past few years, I’ve been “winging it” through a new world of freelance work. So far, I’ve had a blast, but while freelance gigs can be somewhat lucrative, they’re not predictable. Lately, it’s been a when-it-rains-it-pours schedule. And that’s great! I’ve trimmed expenses and adjusted spending, and it’s working out okay. I’m nothing if not adaptable. :)

One of the expenses I haven’t focused on reducing until now is the cost of blogging. Running a self-hosted blog costs money (hosting fees being the biggest part of that for me), and I need to reduce those costs. As I see it, I have two choices:
1) stop blogging,
2) find a way to make the blogs support themselves.

As I see it, there’s really no choice. At least not yet. Blogging and the interaction that comes from it bring me joy, and I’m all in favor of joy.

Over the past ~5 years of blogging, I’ve resisted adding much in the way of advertisements or sponsors to the mix. Oh, I created an Amazon store a couple years back, but that was mostly because it gave me a central place to show some of the tools and products I use/used in my quest for better health & fitness. I also added a couple of other button ads for companies I liked (Groupon, ebates, etc.). Other than that, I’ve never sought nor received any income from this blog or Serentipity.

But times change, and I need to make this change. I’m not looking to make a living doing this, but I do hope to cover my blogging expenses. To that end, for the foreseeable future (read: until my imminent lottery win), you’ll see more ads displayed on my left sidebar and at the bottom of each post. These should be in the form of static banners–nothing should flash or blink or spin. Please let me know if you see any of that.

This is definitely a departure for me, but I’m easing my discomfort by being selective about which ads I place. Any ads you see will be for products or companies I use now or with which I’ve had good experiences in the past. In the event I do product reviews for these companies, I’ll make like the Big Deal Publishers and disclose the connection, lest you think I’ve moved into the world of sponsored posts.

Many of you probably won’t care about any of this, but for those who don’t like blog advertising, I wanted to explain the reasoning behind my decision. I hope you’ll understand and just squint your way past the ads. Again, I’m not looking for fame nor fortune; I’m just trying to reduce expenses a bit.

And now, I return to my previously intended (and entirely coincidental) topic. Matthew at (no affiliation!) recently shared this interesting infographic on the topic of workplace safety with me:


Whew! Maybe I should be grateful that most of my freelance work keeps me up and moving! And for the jobs that don’t, I’m setting my phone alarm to remind me to get up from my chair every so often. Other than that, my biggest workplace safety issues are reckless drivers and a tendency toward drowsiness while listening to NPR en route to my next assignment. :)

Do you have any workplace safety issues? How do you deal with them?

13 thoughts on “Workplace Safety…But First, Explaining a Blog Change

  1. wow, that’s a lot of graphics/info. I like it.
    I work at home and get up and move around a LOT.
    As for your blogging ads… Do what you have to do. I’d rather have you here and blogging.
    I’m kind of curious about the expenses though. My hosting is just around $10 a month and the domain name is $11 for the year.
    Personally, I think you should be making an income from blogging. You’ve done so much already and have so much to offer.
    I appreciate that you only advertise companies you like.
    I bet you even have enough that you’ve already written that you could do an ebook.
    Just a thought.

    • Thank you so much for your kindness and support! {hugs} I do have a book, of sorts, in the works.

      I have two blogs and my main expense is hosting and domain registration. I also have some plug-ins that I benefit greatly from, and I like to contribute to their upkeep, even if it is an embarrassingly paltry amount. Those folks are freelancers too, and I’m a big believer in ‘what goes around, comes around.’ :) Anyway, my annual expenses aren’t huge, but they are a drain on a much smaller budget than what I operated on in the past.

  2. Odd, but yours is the second blog I’ve read in the last hour announcing this exact thing. Two things came to mind which seem totally opposed to each other, but here goes……1) I’ve learned that I am totally oblivious to which blogs contain ads and which don’t – couldn’t tell you one way or the other, so unfortunately, you’ll not make much money off of me, and 2) some time ago (when it seems I WAS paying more attention to the advertising), a well-known blogger in this community who had lost and maintained a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight lost me because even though her writing was wonderful, nestled next to that writing were ads from Kristy Kreme, Sara Lee and all sorts of other things totally inconsistent with the implied message of her blog. Sounds as if there may be filters which can prevent that now, so hopefully that won’t be the case here. I’m still holding out for the lottery win for you.

    • That’s okay, Sharon. You can just send me a check directly. :)

      The affiliate network I chose allows me to select which companies or products I advertise and which banners I want displayed. Unless I go off the deep end, you shouldn’t see Little Debbie snack cakes advertised here, even though I have had extensive experience with them in the past.

  3. I don’t have problems with ads on site. As you know, I run some on mine. I don’t blog for a living and it does cost $$ to self host a site. My ads really pay for hosting and keeps me in green coffee beans. You don’t get rich, but at least I don’t have to decided to axe the blog because I am trimming the budget.

    Do the ads if it keeps you posting, which is what we all want!

    My work could not be more sedentary. I wish there was some way I could walk on a treadmill and operate my foot pedal at the same time.

    • I knew you’d understand, Lori. Thank you!

      I can sympathize with your foot pedal problem. I have that problem with my gas pedal. :) At least I can stop the car now and then for a stretch.

  4. I am with Miz & honestly, the ads don’t bother me. I don’t have money anyway so no shopping for me except necessities! :-) I get where you are at!

    LOVE that graphic!

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