When I started my first blog, Curious Child’s Library Wanderings, back in 2007 I had no idea that people could get paid for blogging. Mostly because that’s not why I started blogging. I started blogging as an extension of a class assignment and as a way to connect to other archivists, librarians and information professionals. In the three years since I started that blog, blogging has come along way. At least it has for me anyway…
I started this blog when my tenure as “Queen of the Histolibrarianivists” ended last year. This blog is much more of a personal reflection of me and things that I find interesting, as opposed to the other blog which has a more professional edge to it. This blog is my link to other women who share my interests and as I’ve started to connect to the “Mom Blogger” community, I’ve noticed a move from blogging for fun to blogging for profit/product.
In fact, I’ve noticed that there has been an increase in posts arguing against women blogging for companies for free. The argument is that it takes a lot of time, work and effort to represent a brand and that the effort is worth more than the promise of links, traffic and free products. That’s all true but what I’m not seeing from any of these articles is suggestions for how women should go about asking for payment.
One of the biggest proponents for blog for pay is Jennifer James who offers a lot of good advice about why women should get paid, but I see very few pointers on how women should get paid. I’d like more women bloggers who are getting paid to share their tips for making the successful transition from blogging for free to blogging for profit. Serve as mentors for those who would like to make that move.
For example, a company recently sent me an email asking if I’d be interested in receiving free samples of their products, writing a review and posting some recipes and pictures of the product on my blog. I’ve worked with this company before, not for pay but for free product. Should I now turn around and say “I’d be more than happy to do all that you want but for X amount of money?”