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