Bookish Chat: You spend HOW much on blogging!

January 24, 2014 Bookish chat 44

I sometimes feel a bit defensive about the fact that I spend money on blogging.  Non blogging friends and even some blogging friends probably think it’s mad that I spend money on something that I could do for free.


What is I think is this….

Money talks but it don’t sing and dance.  And it can’t blog! 

I try to make my reviews and posts as unique and as interesting as I can and money makes no difference to that.  However spending a little money on my blog has made life easier for me.

 And I mean a little money, ok I suppose this is always relative to your own circumstances but when you think about how expensive some hobbies can be this is a fairly modest outlay.  I spend €6.95 per month on hosting fees.  And I paid a one off fee for the UBB, the Tweak Me theme and the migration to wordpress and that’s it.  I didn’t spend it lightly, I budgeted and saved for it.  I don’t splash cash in general; I bring packed lunches to work, buy clothes mostly in sales and eating out is a special treat so I feel happy enough to indulge myself in this.

This was a personal choice for me.  For 6 months I blogged on blogger and found I loved blogging however I hated the bits like formatting, updating archives and all the other bits and bobs that were turning blogging into a chore for me.  So I moved to self hosting and I made an investment in Ashley’s Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.  I didn’t need to do that but I wanted to do that and it has repaid for itself over and over.  Now instead of wasting time on the bits I hate, I can spend that time working on my content and keeping up with comments.

I think blogging is like any hobby, you can spend as much or as little as you like on it.  I love to run (I’m not fit enough right now but I’m getting back into it) and all you need is a pair of runners and a good bra.  But the more time you spend doing it, the more accessories you add in.  Some music to help the time pass, some wicking clothes to make you feel more comfy, runners socks to stop the blisters, the possibilities are endless.  They won’t improve your times or make you a better runner but they up the enjoyment level.  And ditto with blogging.

Bookish Chat : Have you spent money on your blog?  Do you feel it’s indulgent or money well spent?  If you don’t spend money on your blog, does it annoy you when others do?

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44 Responses to “Bookish Chat: You spend HOW much on blogging!”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Oh my, yes, I do spend money on my blog! I too moved from blogger after only a few months of blogging, I felt that it wasn’t really catering to my ‘individual touch’ need. And I also have the UBB and the Tweak Me theme, both are totally awesome. And of course, I pay for the hosting, and for my domain name.

    Only yesterday, as I was furiously typing up a review, my husband asked me if I was doing work for uni. I said no, and he just gave me this look and said ‘ah, it’s for that blog thing, then? You know, you should be paid for that.’ I just rolled my eyes at him and asked him if he should be paid for his speed-skating or his bicycling…

    It’s my hobby, and compared to many others, I think it’s quite cheap! I also spend less money on books than I used to, since I receive eARCs from Netgalley quite often, and more and more books by authors I love – and would have definitely bought if I hadn’t gotten an ARC.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Discussion Thursdays with Luxa: When Favorite Books have Babies

    • trish

      That’s true about the eARC’s, I definitely save a lot of money there. However I also probably spend a bit more on Amazon since I started blogging as I keep seeing reviews for books that I HAVE to have! So they probably cancel each other out.
      I do think in comparison to other hobbies, it’s on the cheaper side and I like that you don’t have to spend money if you don’t want.

  2. Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

    Yep. I spend money on blogging, but it’s not a lot – I don’t do the hosting thing, but I have my own URL, so that’s a yearly fee of about $12. And then there are giveaways – which I do every once in a while, when the mood strikes me. Blogging may just be a hobby, but people spend money on hobbies all the time. How many people do you know that sew or knit or crochet or even cook as a hobby? How much do they spend on supplies? See, everybody does it. Great topic, girly! 🙂
    Megan @ The Book Babe’s Reads recently posted…Blogoversary Giveaway + I’m Going on Hiatus

    • trish

      It’s true everyone does spend money on what’s important to them when it comes to hobbies. I don’t feel guilty but I do feel a bit defensive some times.

  3. Charleen

    I don’t spend a penny blogging. It just isn’t worth it for me, right now. I’m happy with my layout. The default WP commenting system is fine (unlike Blogger *coughcough*). Sure there are things I’d like to have, but they’re far from necessary. I think the first money I spend on my blog will go toward a giveaway (I’d like to do one for my blogiversary) rather than the blog itself.

    It doesn’t annoy me when others spend money on blogging, but what does annoy me is when they make assumptions that everyone does. Or that if you don’t, you’re not serious about blogging. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Oh, you should get UBB, it’ll do that for you!”

    Of course, I get the same sort of irritation whenever I hear a comment that equates reading a book with buying a book… but that’s a blog topic for another day.
    Charleen recently posted…Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #6

    • trish

      I love that blogging is a hobby where you can choose to spend a lot, a little or nothing. I don’t think it matters in the slightest which a person chooses to do as long as it suits them. As soon as someone starts saying ‘you should’ do something I want to rebel! It’s like when I heard publishers want to see you stick to one genre, I immediately thought I’ll just do things my way and that works for me.

  4. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    You gotta do what you gotta do. I won’t spend money on WP. I think it’s crazy how expensive it can be but for those that it works for I don’t see the problem doing it. I spend money on other things. Graphics, domain name, chapsticks and business cards that are pricier than your average ones, etc.

    If it’s how you spend a lot of your free time and you enjoy it I don’t see a difference in investing a bit of money into it. People do that all the time with their hobbies. This one just happens to be an e-hobby.
    anna@herding cats & burning soup recently posted…The Sinners Club (Sinners #1) by Kate Pearce

    • trish

      I guess it all comes down to priorities, we just choose what is important to us. I have never had a business card never mind a fancy one but when they our outlays bring pleasure then they are worth it in my eyes.

        • trish

          You see once it makes you happy, all is good in my book 🙂 I don’t get to attend book cons or blogger events as they are so rare here in Ireland but if I did I’m sure I’d be getting cards too! Mini moo cards sound adorable!!

  5. Tanya Patrice

    I spend more money on a monthly membership to the gym than I do on blogging. That said, I enjoy it, I work, I spend what I want on whatever I want. For me, the biggest investment is probably time. I take the time to write blog posts, I take the time to comment and I take the time to learn HTML and CSS.
    Tanya Patrice recently posted…My Blogging Process {Time Management}

    • trish

      That is very true that the biggest investment is your time. I think every blogger will agree with that. I haven’t learnt any HTML or CSS at all but I do spend a lot of time on my blog. I don’t begrudge a minute of it as I do love it but I think non bloggers would be shocked at how time consuming it is. I know it was an eye opener for me when I started out.

  6. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Great topic Trish! I’m with you, all hobbies have a little expenditure but if you enjoy what your’re doing then it’s worth it. My sister always asks why I don’t try to put ads on my blog and earn money and I tell her that it becomes a job when I do that and I prefer it to be a hobby. I don’t spend outrageous money for blogging but putting a little into it to make it easier or more fun is worth it for me. (I don’t count the money I spend on books as part of my blogging expenses 🙂
    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession recently posted…Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Hard Glamour by Maggie Marr

    • trish

      I think fair play to anyone that gets money from their blog with adds, etc. I love that they can generate a little income from their hobby but I know I don’t get enough traffic to generate that. I do earn a little from Amazon Affiliates, and I mean a little. I might be able to buy ONE book by the end of the year. LOL

  7. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Great topic, Trish! Like you, I’m willing to spend some money on blogging, but I don’t do it lightly and I plan for it. Mostly, I spend money on hosting, and the only plugin I’ve purchased so far is UBB. I’ve also spend some money on blog business cards and bookmarks, but that’s mostly just because it was something fun that I wanted to do — by no means is that sort of thing necessary! Plus, having a book blog is kind of a good excuse for all the books I spend money on. ;D
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Comment Replies: Keeping the Conversation Going

    • trish

      Bookmarks do sound like a fun thing to have, did you incorporate your blogname and design onto them? Mmmhhh might have a think about that one :O Sounds cool! And yes if you are going to lots of books events or bloggers events (which I know you do) then the business cards sound like a fun but practical investment.
      I think it all comes down to personal circumstances and priorities and what you want to do with your money. If you choose not to spend a cent, then that is fine but equally if you do spend money then you shouldn’t be judged for that either.

  8. Ana @ Read Me Away

    I haven’t spent a lot of money on my blog, aside from the money I use to buy books. I think it’s because I’m afraid I might fall out of love with book blogging (gasp!), or have a burnout that I can’t recover from, and then I feel like my money just went nowhere. Or maybe I’m just cheap. 😛

    But I definitely understand, especially when it comes to self-hosting and using the UBB. Very useful things for a blog, but I don’t know if I’m ready for that right now. 🙂

    Love this topic, Trish!
    Ana @ Read Me Away recently posted…Winter Wishes: About Ana & Goals

    • trish

      And you may never be ready Ana, it’s just a choice and may never be one that want to take. Anyone can blog just fine either way as content is what really matters at the end of the day. And being honest I didn’t really count the money I spent on books!! Mostly because I figure that I bought books long before I blogged and plus I get lots of ARCs so maybe I’m even saving money now, maybe :O

  9. Angie

    I haven’t spend anything on the my blog itself. I mean… I started it as a hobby that I didn’t even know I would like so it’s free. I have only bought 2 books for giveaways on my blog and that’s because they went with the theme I was doing. I hate to “buy” my followers. Though I have won books from bloggers and now that I think about it I didn’t think of them buying their followers so I don’t know why that’s different from my own blog. HUH…never thought of it like that before.
    Angie recently posted…Project Disney- The Sword and the Stone

    • trish

      I have done a few giveaways, 2 I sponsored myself but the others were part of blog tours. I do find that it bumbs up the follower numbers artificially however I don’t consider those numbers my ‘real’ followers anyway. I count my followers as the ones who drop by regularly and my stats show that is a LOT lower than what my follower numbers would indicate.

  10. Laura Plus Books

    I’ve spent money on all the same things as you have too. I’m really lucky though because since I have ads, I don’t have to use to much of my own money. I just get annoyed when non-bloggers think it’s some kind of joke where I spend 5 minutes a day typing up random thoughts about books I’ve read. “You get money and free books?” and I can totally see them judging me. I’m just like, well, I put a lot of effort into my blog, it’s like my baby. I literally spend so much of my life on it and I hate when people take it for granted. Sorry, went on a little rant there, 😛
    Laura Plus Books recently posted…Life of a Blogger: Celebrity Crushes

    • trish

      I used to think that bloggers who had adds sold out a little! But that was before I blogged, now that I know how much work goes into it I have full respect for anyone who can use their blog to generate an income. Well done for making it work for you, I know I don’t have enough traffic to do that but I encourage anyone who does to go for it.

  11. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I don’t spend money on blogging really unless you count the very rare purchase of a book or shipping expense. Money is incredibly tight for me so I’ve never really been able to. I want to have a self hosted site but there isn’t’ really any extra money for it.
    I do pride myself on the fact that I have more books now than I did when I had money to buy them. When I had money I never downloaded free kindle books, now you can’t get me to stop. I use the library a lot now and the added benefit of review books means I’m not without reading material. I’ve been incredibly fortunate on that front. Plus I’ve gotten a bit nifty with my book buying, I check out the local thrift stores and get hardcovers for $2.
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Cover Reveal: Path of Bones by Steven Montano

    • trish

      I love that blogging has shown me so many ways that I can get books for free, from ACRs to book tours to giveaways to kindle freebies, I have never had so many books to read and the only cost was my time in writing a review or entering a competition. My library isn’t great and I’m jealous of how good other peoples libraries as it’s such a good resource. However I do find Amazon daily deals are another way to score great books at bargain discounts that I love.

  12. tonyalee

    I agree with you; blogging is hobby and hobbies cost money. Regardless of what it is. I have spent close to $300 on my blog. That doesn’t include giveaways, either LOL but that’s my choice. If others don’t, they don’t.
    tonyalee recently posted…My Week in Books (1/25/14)

    • trish

      Exactly, it’s a choice we all make. There is no right or wrong one, just what is right for you, your life and your blog. And I think regardless of how much money we spend, the biggest investment we all make is our time. If only WE were getting paid!

  13. Jade @ Bits & Bobs

    As of right now I haven’t personally invested any money in to my blog – however I have been blogging for only a couple of months. Currently, I’m wanting to do something with my blog design (I’m not finalised exactly what yet) but I know I will find it very hard when it comes to coding and such because I’m just not that great when it comes to all things tech. When the time comes, I may well open my purse to get my blog to where I want it to be. I don’t think there is a problem with that, blogging is a hobby and with pretty much any hobby comes investment of the monetary kind.
    Jade @ Bits & Bobs recently posted…This Week…

    • trish

      I think money spent on a blog design that brings you pleasure every time you see it is money well spent. Of course the satisfaction of doing it yourself would be great too but not everyone has the time, skills or interest to do that. Like me!

  14. Rinn

    I’ve spent money on pretty much exactly the same as you! Hosting, a domain name, the UBB plugin and the Tweak Me theme, as well as Blogger to WordPress migration. It has all definitely been worth it – as you said, things are so much easier to organise now than when I was on Blogger. And to be honest, I don’t even spend that much money on books – I tend to buy second hand, and most of my reviews have been of ARCs which obviously cost me nothing.

    Love the running comparison =) Everyone has hobbies they spend money on – blogging is just one of ours.
    Rinn recently posted…Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month February 2014

    • trish

      For me moving to WordPress was the best move I ever made and it was worth every penny. And I’d have paid twice as much for the UBB plugin! It saves me time and frustration every single time I use it, that’s money well spent in my opinion 🙂

  15. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I’ve recently started spending money on my blog and I think it completely makes sense. I think it’s unnecessary to write a good blog, but it’s essential for me to write the blog I want to write. And for the money, I get an awful lot of time having fun with it, so I think it’s a great investment 🙂
    Katie @ Doing Dewey recently posted…Monuments Men Part III Questions

    • trish

      Good way to word it Katie. I totally agree, I know I could do it all for free but spending a little money adds some elements that I love and that make blogging easier for me. And when I love a hobby this much, that’s fine in my book 🙂

    • trish

      Good luck with the saving and the move, I don’t regret moving for a minute. I love self hosting! And yes ‘no explanations necessary’…exactly! :O

  16. kimbacaffeinate

    Yes I spend money on my blog..but it’s my hobby and peeps spend money on hobbies. I recently bought the premium version of comment luv. I was getting spam from china by the thousands and while askmit was catching them, I had to go through them daily, since I have upgraded I have had 3 comments appear in my spam box..three! I budget like you, and research first but I do not spend money on a lot of other entertainment of hobbies and I can drink coffee that I have made at all is good. luckily I had a few ads on my blog that paid for my hosting fees.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

    • trish

      I thought the appearance of your comment replies changed recently. I love the boxes around the text now. And you get so many comments that I think that is money well spent. Spam is unreal on wordpress, I never had much on blogger but now I get tonnes, thank goodness for Askmit! As hobbies go, blogging is far from one of the most expensive ones.

  17. Farhana

    I’ve never been asked about whether I spend money blogging. I guess the only real money I spend on blogging is on my URL (which in my opinion hasn’t been much so far) and occasionally on books.

    If there’s anything to really judge us book bloggers about, it’s the amount of time we spend on our blogs! Haha. All the time in the world isn’t enough when it comes to blogging…
    Farhana recently posted…Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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