Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - Money and Blogging

This week our topic on Book Girls is blogging and the money we spend on it. Most people have hobbies, and almost all of them cost money. I actually think that blogging is a relatively low cost hobby compared to some out there. (I once spent tons of money on yarn and knitting supplies, only to realize I am not good at knitting at all, but all the yarn were so pretty!!) I also used to be really into World of Warcraft and that cost me $15 a month. (No that's not an extreme amount, but still a hobby that cost me a monthly fee and the numerous hours I played each day) Yes, books are expensive, but I have been pretty good about cutting back on book buying.
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When I first started blogging, I was spending a lot of money on books. Actually before I started blogging. In fact I think that the few months before I started my blog I was spending anywhere between $50 and $100 a month on books, whether for my nook, or pretty physical copies. Now, I only buy books that I have already read an ARC for that I know I really liked, highly recommended books, or books from authors I know that I adore. Yes, I buy the random book here and there that I haven't heard much about, but they are normally only a few dollars on kindle. I have really cut down on the money I spend on books.
 
Maintaining a blog takes funds too. No, you don't need to spend money on it, but I like to have  my own domain name. I got it only a few months after starting my blog. It makes it feel more mine not having the blogspot.com in the web address. Totally not necessary, but I really wanted my own. Also, that makes it so if I want to switch to Wordpress (maybe eventually) I already have my own domain. It's not a lot of money for the domain name. I think I pay like $12 a year plus tax. Then there is design. (Xpresso Design is where my pretty design came from!) A good design can help draw traffic. I know that I love going to pretty blogs. It also helps to show that the blogger is serious about it. They want to make the space their own and stand out from other blogs. Blog design ranges in price, but you can find designs that work for you at pretty much any price range you are willing to spend.
 
 The biggest cost of blogging is time. Yes I know that's not actual money, but it takes a lot of time to read books and put together posts. Also cross posting if you do that. (Which I try to do) Besides that, if you aren't commenting on other blogs, it's not likely people will keep interacting with you. It takes time to visit other blogs, read their posts, and comment. I love doing it even though it does take up a lot of time. I want to hear what my friends have to say on their blogs. I want to comment to let them know what I think of their posts. It's not always easy to keep up, as you can tell since I am on a blogging break, but I love it and don't plan on stopping any time soon. 

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  1. Bloggings biggest cost is probably time! And time is money. I've been meaning to get my own domain name forever. Ten bucks or so isn't bad I just never feel like paying for it. Although I often pay that much to hold a giveaway but I just think buying a book or giving someone the gift of a book is worth more. I'll eventually do it though! But yes there are many hobbies that cost way more! I had an old co worker who had a husband way too much into spending on his racing hobby and he had a race car and spent like tens of thousands every year on it! I was like oh goodness! LOL

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    1. When I was younger I used to like to make jewelry and that cost a lot of money for the supplies, and it took a lot of time to make the stuff. I know people who spend tens of thousands on trucks and cars too just for hobby stuff. It's insane!!

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  2. Great topic this week :) I totally agree that the biggest cost is time! It does take up SO much of my free time, but it's fun time, I really enjoy it so the other small costs that are associated outweigh that fact. I think that blogging is one of the relatively cheaper hobbies, I scrapbooked in the past and that was CRAZY expensive in comparison to blogging!! Awesome discussion Amy!

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    1. I have never done scrapbooking, but it looks really fun!! When I go to craft stores and see how much the stuff cost it is crazy though. It looks like a great hobby too, but expensive. Blogging is one of the less expensive hobbies. Plus, I would be buying and reading whether I had a blog or not.

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  3. Time is definitely the biggest expense in blogging. I'm kind of glad I can't quantify it b/c I would probably be sick. I definitely purchase books differently now, much the same way you do.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Amy!

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  4. I agree that the biggest cost is time. A person doesn't have to spend a lot of money to blog and like you said, many other hobbies are more expensive. Sometimes I go through periods where I spend more for giveaway's and stuff but mostly it's just the $10 or so for the domain name. Once I go to Wordpress it will be more but for now it's not really that expensive. And really, I need to buy less books since I get more than I can possibly read for review. I mostly buy them for signings so sometimes it's a lot at once then I can go a long time without buying many.

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  5. I actually don't spend a lot of money on blogging- just the occasional giveaway once in a while, and I don't even do those often. I've been meaning to buy my own domain for a while now, but just haven't. It doesn't really bother me, so I haven't been motivated to buy it yet. It's on the to-do list. xD But I definitely agree that time is the most expensive thing. Commenting takes so much time, but I definitely love doing it too. It's just that it can be so hard to find the time sometimes!!

    Lovely post, Amy! <3

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  6. Agree. Time is truly the cost of blogging.

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  7. All I know is that a good chuck of my check goes to books. Literally. And I'm okay with that. LOL

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  8. I totally agree with you that the biggest cost of blogging is time. Reading the books and pounding out the reviews, as well as staying social in the community can take up whole days if you let it!

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  9. We authors *and* readers thank ALL of you bloggers for YOUR TIME!!! :) <3

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  10. TIME! Blogging takes loads of time. Like you, I don't buy as many books as I used to, but I will buy a book if I loved the ARC.

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  11. Blogging is fun, but it can be expensive and really time consuming. I think most people don't realize that the costs really add up: giveaways and postage, but also business cards, purchasing images for a blog design, the cost of blog design… I definitely think it's worth it but when people act like it's a big scam to get free books they have no idea what they are talking about.

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