Today’s post is very much a “keeping house” post. I do encourage you to read it in order to be well informed about what is going on with my website and how I’m planning to use it in the future and how that might affect you as a reader, however if you don’t read, I won’t be offended. 🙂
When I started blogging it wasn’t really to make money. I’d just gotten over quite a trying time in my life and blogging was cathartic to me. I was slowly finding my voice again and it was a soothing experience. However, even then, the idea of making an income blogging wasn’t necessarily something I was adverse to.
I’ve never really had a traditional job. Medical problems and lack of energy kept my confidence low. See Let Me Tell You About Chronic Fatigue. When my husband and I first got married we talked about who would be the bread winner in our home, and we agreed that my going out and trying to work was entirely up to my discretion. We also agreed that even if I did at some point get a job, we would do our best to not lock ourselves into a lifestyle based on my paycheck, I would not pay the main bills. This would ensure that if I found I couldn’t handle the work, or if my medical condition took a bad turn, we would not be left with bills we couldn’t pay.
I’ve always been very grateful to my husband for allowing me this freedom. Still that didn’t mean that I didn’t want to be able to contribute to our home. I do want to be able to do more with my life than just keeping house and being mom, although I love to do both those things.
A Proverbs 31 Field and Vineyard
In Proverbs 31 the Bible talks about a woman that is highly respected and someone one could emulate. Many women hold up this chapter as a standard of conduct they themselves wish to reach. This woman cares for her family, runs her home efficiently, supports her husband, and participates in money matters like investing in a field and running a vineyard.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously, her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31:16-18
This blog, and other writing projects I may work on in years to come, is kind of like my Proverbs 31 Woman field and vineyard.
Which is why I’m seeking to monetize my blog.
So this post, which will be linked to in various places of the blog over time, is a bit of a walk through of legal matters, disclaimers, disclosers, and other things you, my readers, should know about how this blog is monetized. It will probably be edited and adjusted over time depending on growing needs.
It should be noted that even though I’m talking about monetizing the blog, and particular posts, I do not anticipate every post being monetized. This is still my personal blog, and my main goals and desires are still very much about seeking God, not cash.
So lets get to it shall we?
Affiliate Marketing And Advertising
Affiliate links on this site may be found in banner ads and may be found in text links on certain blog posts. I will do my best to make note when a link is an affiliate link.
As of this writing I have affiliate links to Amazon and to Dayspring on the site.
As of this writing I have made no commissions through these links.
Another way that bloggers will monetize their websites is through sponsored posts. As of this writing I have yet to have a sponsored post but it is something I am looking into. If I ever choose to participate in a sponsorship of a post I will do my best to make sure that I only write about products or companies I feel good about. I will always present my actual opinion, and will not change it in order to make a better impression for the company. At this point I do not know how sponsored posts may fit into the website but I wanted to make sure I mentioned the possibility. Sponsored Posts will be clearly identified as such.
Giveaways and Sponsored Reviews
At times I might receive a book or other product to review on my site. I’m already doing book reviews but as yet they have not been paid reviews and I did not receive the book for free. However at times this may take place. No matter what type of compensation I receive for such posts my opinions will always be my own. At times I may run a giveaway of a book or product that has been supplied to me for free. I’m actually going to be running a giveaway soon, but that one is one I’m sponsoring myself, so no freebies. If I ever receive a product or book for free to review, or am paid to write a review, or receive a product or book for free to giveaway, I will clearly state that this is the case.
I encourage comments and input on my posts. I wish to make this website a place where you can feel comfortable interacting. However I reserve the right to remove any comment I deem to be offensive, vulgar, or hateful. This is a family friendly website and I seek to keep it so. Respectful discussion is encouraged, being a troll however, will not be tolerated.
I do hope you choose to subscribe to the blog through any of the options available. It should be noted that I am not affiliated with major social media platforms and you choose to use them to subscribe at your own discretion. I also retain the right to remove hateful or offensive comments on my social media pages as well as on the main site.
If you supply me with your e-mail or any other information (like your address when seeking to receive a prize from a giveaway) I commit that I will not use or share your information in any way that is not specified by you. I will not sell your information, ever.
Photographs and Copyrights
If I ever quote another author on this website it is clearly stated. I quote scripture quite a lot. Scripture is quoted from the NIV unless otherwise noted. All work that is not clearly identified as a quote can be assumed to be my original work and belongs to me. I will not steal another persons work.
I do at times use pictures found through Creative Commons Copyright. This means that as far as I know these pictures are free for commercial use. All images that are not my own have clear attributions in the post in which they are used in order to identify the source and license where I found them. If at any time you find I have used a picture in error, that maybe the person I received it from did not, in fact, have the rights to that image, please contact me about it immediately. Make use of the contact page and send me a message specifying the image in question so I may remove it promptly. I do not wish to infringe on any persons work.
Guest Posts and Representation
I may at times have a guest post from another writer whom I wish to allow to write on my blog. I will do my best to make sure all guest posts are family friendly, kind, and reflect the values of the blog as I have made it. Guest posts that do not reach these standards will not be accepted.
This blog is my own personal blog. It is full of my own opinions and thoughts and is in no way a representation of the thoughts of anyone else. It is not a representation of any company I might link to or write for, but only my own. I am not liable in any way for any action you choose to make after reading one of my posts, but I do hope that, even if I’m not legally “liable” for it, my words bless you.
Wow, that is a lot of words isn’t it! I do hope I covered everything that needed to be covered. Thanks for reading!