As a relatively young blogger, I have slowly been learning the ropes about blogging:
- What it takes to build a social network
- Writing content worthy posts
- How to monetize a blog
Let me tell you. Monetizing was the last thing on my mind. I was focusing on 1 and 2, until I worked on my taxes.
I filed taxes for Hometown Betty last year, and it was a pitiful looking Schedule C. I spent more money hosting my site than making money on those Google/BlogHer ads.
That was fine. I was a newbie.
But this is year #2 on doing my taxes.
It doesn’t feel good to spend money to pay for a domain name, web hosting, and everything else just to been in the red for another year.
A web designer friend said that I should really focus on monetizing and building relationships with other bloggers.
I have joined a few groups, and I had no idea that there was a wealth of information about how to be profitable with a blog. One of the members recommended that I set up a shop on my blog.
Thus, I decided to make some of my tutorials into sellable templates.
I am very grateful for you, my dear readers. However, I can’t keep running Hometown Betty the way I am running it. It doesn’t make sense financially and time-wise to keep giving away free printables.
It’s not a good way to run a business.
This is going to be a slow change, so don’t worry.
It’s not like I am going to be charging unreasonable prices for templates. (Come on, I live for saving our family money too.)
Keep coming back for more tutorials and projects.
And as always, I am thankful for your continued support and following Hometown Betty.
Check out my Shop!
From my hometown to yours,