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?