As a blogger, you often seek out help when setting up various parts of your blog, like domains and hosting, writing posts, the works. Hell, I even write these posts myself. And these very posts got me to try I do something I would not enjoy: monetization.
At the time this came up, it felt like the natural next step for blogging. I had the consistency, I had steady views, so it seemed like the next thing to up my game. Also, who doesn’t like having money from something you enjoy doing.
In order to keep this from becoming an atrociously long post, trying to monetize my blogs was such an energy suck. My issues didn’t come from bad companies or affiliate sites, but from just getting too tired and annoyed to make it work out in my favor. Getting views and comments and follows is hard enough, adding the element of trying to make money as well was a pain. Also, I felt like I had to make special content I could attach affiliate links to but still sound like me. It was a very forced process.
So, I made the decision that I wasn’t going to force monetization anymore. I’m not going to scroll forever on affiliate sites to join ad programs that may or may not fit. I’m not going to make content for the sole purpose of making money on it.
I will still work with companies and people that want to work with me. I would much rather work with people who reach out to me directly, or reach out to companies and people myself that I am excited to work with. I would rather write content about products and services that actually excite me and will happily vouch for, rather than hunt for something just to make a profit. Making content I enjoy writing will never outweigh making profitable content.