Hey Blog, it’s been a while. I missed you!

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I’m so sorry I haven’t posted any updates in months. This break felt so nice though! I haven’t spent any time on social networks, I haven’t posted any pictures, nor kept anyone up to date about anything. Instead, I got into my little uneventful routine and enjoyed every second with my baby. What a blessing! What a change from the past few years. I felt like it was a well deserved break.

The past few weeks, though, I found myself missing my blog more and more.

As mentioned in my last post: I had already been thinking about a change in terms of blogging. I would like to elaborate on that. Fact: this website costs between $200 and $300 / year in hosting fees, subscriptions to various software, which includes extra security so my visitors won’t get any viruses or spyware when visiting me, etc. I’ve been paying this out of my own pocket for years now, without ever really having any monetizing purpose in mind. As I got my last big bill a few months ago, I realized that years are flying by, and before I know it, I’ve already spent quite a lot of money on this.

Ideally, I would like my blog to fund itself by the end of this year. I’m not looking to make a profit. If it could just pay for itself, I’d be happy as a clam!

Now, the way my blog is being run at the moment, there is very little chance that any of the content will ever make a dime. So, I’m in a position now where things need to change a little bit. I don’t want to be all sneaky about it, because I know there are people out there who – even in the past few months, when no update was being posted – still loyally came and visited regularly to see if there was anything new. I don’t know who most of those people are, as they never reach out to me personally, but I see it in my Google stats that there is a significant rate of returning clicks, which basically means: loyal readers. If you are actually reading this whole blog post instead of just quickly glancing over pictures, you are probably one of them, so I want to be honest and transparent about the changes that will most likely occur in the near future.

I haven’t completely made up my mind yet about the exact strategy I will adopt. Mainly because I know it will be a “trial and error” kind of thing. Most likely, what you might start to see from now on if you pay close attention, are affiliate links to clothes and various products. I have actually often linked to clothes and all kinds of items in the past, which I genuinely enjoyed blogging about. But they were regular links. And if someone clicked on them to check out a product page, I got nothing for it. So, this will basically be exactly the same, except that from now, those links will contain a unique code which will hopefully generate a couple of cents here and there. And hopefully, I will slowly be able to pay for my website hosting fees that way. There might also be a couple of ads here and there, although I would really like to keep those to a minimum for now, as I find that advertisements tend to be unsightly and I like my blog to stay nice and clean looking. We’ll see. Like I said, I’ll have to try a few things and see what works.

I just felt like I needed to be completely open and honest about it before I start this, because I don’t want it to look like I’m “selling out” or something. I’m pretty realistic about the fact that it will take a lot of effort on my part before I’m able to generate the kind of money it actually costs me to run this website. If I can get even, and have this website basically cost me nothing, I will have reached my goal. I hope you understand. I’m thinking about adding a Paypal donation button on several pages of my website. So if anyone feels compelled to help out, it could actually keep ads and affiliate links to a minimum.

Obviously, I will still post personal updates as I’ve been doing in the past, because I can’t imagine ditching the personal aspect of my blog. It just wouldn’t be the same anymore, would it!

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That’s about it for now. More pictures and updates soon! 😊

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