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.