How Much- Blogging?

>> 3.25.2011

Speaking of blogging...

Yesterday, KT asked if I'd do a post one day about the costs of blogging so I figured it would be a good excuse to bring back my old How Much? series.  In my case, blogging is definitely an extremely affordable hobby. Not only does it provide a distraction from other more costly hobbies, but it provides motivation for completing projects around the house.  Blogging is without a doubt, the best way I spend $20 each year.

Yeah, you heard me, I spend a grand total of $20 to blog each year. My blog is powered through Blogger (free) with a template by Our Blogger Templates (free) and DIY header with fonts by Kevin & Amanda (free). The $20 goes towards buying my custom domain names (thriftylittleblog.com and thriftylittlevows.com) each year through blogger (here's how). Since Blogger is a part of Google, the name also comes with a Gmail account kasey(at)thriftylittleblog(dot)com. Most bigger bloggers seem to go with Wordpress for its flexibility in design and advertising options, but I like cheap and easy Blogger for my purposes.

...24/7...

Just to make your Friday a bit more exciting, I'll go ahead and expand out to the non-cash costs of blogging...

Time
It was a while ago that I decided that I didn't want to be one of those bloggers that depends on advertising dollars or a growing list of followers to make my effort worthwhile. Because of that decision, I probably don't spend as much time on posting as most 5-a-week bloggers, especially since I don't force myself to do projects just so that I can blog about them later. My quick photo with caption posts can take as little as 10 minutes to write while some of my longer, carefully edited, and full-o-links posts can take as much as 2-3 hours to put together. I try to keep things interesting around here by keeping a mix of the two so it probably averages out at 30-45 minutes per post. As of today, I have over 350 posts under my belt so you can see how that time could add up!

Emotions
Sometimes it is tough to hear that your idea stinks or hard work on a project looks sloppy (or that you live an extremely boring life and will forever regret your decisions once you're diagnosed with pancreatic cancer). I've definitely had a few nights where I've gone to bed thinking, "maybe I should have re-worded that post... I wish that they would have really understood what I was trying to say." In the end, the good always outweighs the bad and I'm left with mostly supportive people out there helping me make smart decisions in my home (and thank goodness y'all do- I can't imagine what crazy stuff I would have spent money on if I didn't ask here first!).

Privacy
I try to keep my personal life somewhat separate from the blog, but I've definitely put a few things out there that I'll never be able to take back (remember that even when a post is deleted, you can search for cached results via Google). You know that I do crazy things like throw pancakes in the compost, buy my wedding dress without an engagement ring (it's on the wedding blog), and how much money I've spent on pretty much e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. It's something I have to deal with (and hopefully not regret) for the next 75 years.


So, that's about it for the blogging costs... how much time/ money do you invest into blogging?

9 comments:

KT @ KT's Refinishing School March 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

I didn't think I'd get an answer to my question so soon! Thanks for the link love :)

Right now my costs are zero but eventually I'd like to buy my own domain name and will have to upgrade to Photobucket Premium when I run out of photo storage (here's hoping that won't happen for a while!) I also use Linky Tools for my BBC book club and will have to start paying for it (2 dollars a month) when my free trial ends later this month.

One last question: where/how do you post your photos? :)

Kate@TwentySixToLife March 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

I think blogging is a great, fun, cheap hobby. If you aren't scared of doing a little html on your own you can really do a lot of the design stuff for free (if you don't want to pay to have it done).

It's weird though, because while blogging itself is free (or cheap) it's sort of spurred me to want more expensive things. I'd really REALLY like to get a nice dslr camera, and I don't think I'd want it quite as badly if I didn't know that could show off my pictures better on the blog, haha.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog March 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM  

Right now I'm just uploading straight from my computer into the posts. They haven't made me pay yet (knock on wood).

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog March 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM  

@Kate~ Good point, I would definitely go out and replace my camera sooner if it broke.

Jenna @ SpitzerStories March 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM  
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Jenna @ SpitzerStories March 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

I don't want to admit it at this point because my blog is still kind of new and I spent a fair amount getting it set up through wordpress.org. I am hoping it'll pay off in the long run though. We'll see!

I am so impressed you do all your blogging for $20 a year. Way to go!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno March 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

All the free stuff I've gotten over the last year have more than made up for the domain name fee! But the time....there really isn't anything that can make up for that. Except all the fun friends I've met online, of course!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner March 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

I think this was a good post; it's always interesting to see how much time/$$ other bloggers are spending. I don't get around to posting nearly as much as I'd like to. Things just get so busy and I don't have time for it. I don't know how some of those other 5-a-week bloggers do it!

I also don't really spend any money on my blog (yet). I think a domain name is a good investment though. And I do like Blogger as well!

Anonymous,  March 28, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

i'm not a blogger but i love reading all of the diy blogs. yours is great. i'm thrifty, too, and i have learned a lot from your blog. i like that you will get help at times. that's more real to me. i'm going to check out your wedding blog because we just finished our dd's wedding. we did ok with saving $$ but i'll bet you're doing better. thanks for sharing your info.

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