Ever been thrown a change up? It’s slightly different than a curve ball, which is a pitch that’s much slower than it looks, because it has a breaking spin that makes it come straight for the batter, and then arc down toward home plate. The change up is similar, except that it comes straight for the batter, and doesn’t curve down to the plate. If the pitcher throws them right, the batter will think it’s a faster pitch and swing too early, resulting in a strike. The entire point of both pitches is to confuse the batter, throw them off-kilter, and eventually strike them out.
Life does that sometimes when you’re not expecting it, but also when what you’ve been asking for has been granted to you.
Life has granted me the things I have been asking for and working toward, which has given me the confidence to demonetize this site. Sort of. Maybe what I mean is that I’m removing the affiliate ads from the sidebars, and will be shoving fewer links in your face, because this site is not here to sell you yoga socks and sea salt.
I know, I audibly gasped too.
“How will I pay for this site? What reason will I have to drive traffic to the blog?”
Here’s the thing: having an affiliate-link monetized site presupposes that one has a ton of traffic and those affiliate links will be able to pay for the time it takes to hunt them down and add them. That’s not always how it works though. In fact, that’s rarely how this all works. They don’t do their jobs without me taking more time than I’m being paid for, and that makes this entire site take up the time of at least 2 full-time jobs, not to mention the time and cost to create recipes, and the time I have to spend on social media focused on promoting my blog…well, it’s exhausting.As bloggers, we work really hard for peanuts. I’m not sure about you, but I have better things to do with my time that will both net me a decent paycheck, and allow me to take care of my family.
What I’m saying is that I’m lazy with the sales. Plus
I’m moving back to Denver, to live with my boyfriend, and to share our lives with y’all right here in this very space (Probably on the sharing. We might start a new space, too. Stay tuned.). We both live with rare diseases, and we love our RD communities, and we want to be helpful to both our compadres in rarity, but also their families and the scientists that serve to understand, learn, and find better methods with which to handle what we’ve got, or to find cures.
Wait, Rare Diseases?
Yep. I was born with a congenital heart defect called dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries, and he was (likely) born Panhypopituitary with Addison’s Disease. What we know, and you might not, is that the fact that we’re alive at all is something to marvel at, and we’re both considered “old” in our communities, at the ripe old age of 42. Although, to be completely fair, living an easy 20+ years longer is now a possibility with advances in science. So, we could live to the ripe old age of normal lifespan, or we could go at any minute. And really, anyone could go at any time for any reason, now couldn’t they? We’re not so different from you, after all.
But, I digress. I’m no longer adding irrelevant affiliate links this site, because having to constantly push goods that aren’t mine on you, and then hope you click on them and buy something is a very stressful way to live, and not at all what I want to spend my time on the internet doing. It also feels icky and inauthentic to me, like I’m here for the ad revenue, when it’s literally a few cents if I sell something I may or may not believe in using because I didn’t create the ad, I just gave it a home. I don’t get to have much control over many things in my life, so I’m choosing to control the amount of ad revenue than comes from things, businesses, and people I truly believe in, than to be pressured by the blogging community to have affiliates. TL;DR: affiliate advertising isn’t worth all the work that it puts me through on this site.
So, What Now?
I’m glad you asked, random Internet traveler. This is what we, on this site, call A Spork in the Road. heh.
I a m going to run my Fabulous Fierce Females Blogging Network, and teach y’all how to blog, even if I don’t do all these things on my sites anymore. I can still show you how. I’ve been doing the blogging thing since 2002.
I am going to to continue to write as the VP of Content for Flying Circus Media Group. Know anyone who needs a writer and editor on retainer? Send them our way. Elizabeth and I have a combined 50+ years of experience as copywriters and editors, and we’ve worked with Fortune 100s, Non-Profits, the Departments of Justice and Defense, and everyone in between.
I am going to enjoy the love of my life, and travel around the country with him, meeting you guys, learning more about our diseases, and living our lives to help others make their lives fulfilling. We love helping people and solving problems.
I am going to continue to make videos with Elizabeth
and Randy (coming soon), because I love being on camera and dishing out advice and adventure, while cackling with my favorite people on the planet.
I’m terrified. I’m ready. I’m all in. Literally. I have no Plan B-Z.
I better just swing the bat already.
Let’s do this!