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 complianceandsafety.com (no affiliation!) recently shared this interesting infographic on the topic of workplace safety with me:
Featured By: http://complianceandsafety.com
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?