Who I am, and a word on paid blogging.

Hi friends! I’m doing a post about a few things today, because a personal post on this blog is way overdue. For those of you who are new and don’t know much about me, I’d like to introduce myself. Here’s what you should know.

  • I love aliteration – so Amy Anderson is the perfect name for me.
  • My favorite color is blue and I try to wear it every day, in addition to stripes and polka dots (one or the other, sometimes both).
  • I grew up with four brothers, so I’m a bit of a tomboy. I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, running. I also don’t like the heat, so I don’t do as much of those things in the South as I would like.
  • I love school. I have too many degrees and want to go back for more (though I probably won’t). I could definitely be a professional student.
  • I try to have fun as much as possible. I don’t ever want to be one of those people who takes themselves too seriously.
  • Crafting and writing are my favorite hobbies, so blogging about crafts is a natural fit for me.
  • I don’t have children yet, but I definitely want one or two.
Those are just a few things, and I hope something in there resonates with you. I enjoy connecting with people. I’m open to your e-mails about crafting, Mod Podge and just life in general. That’s just how I roll.

Now I’d like to talk about paid blogging.  There are a few things I need/want you to know about Mod Podge Rocks, because you spend your time coming here, and I spend my time writing here, and I want us to be on the same page (or at least as close as possible).

I am very passionate about this blog. I work full-time. I also have a boyfriend, three dogs, a family and friends. I’m just like you. I have a lot of responsibilities and hobbies, one of them being this blog. And I LOVE this blog. I love doing projects and showing them to you, and I really love featuring people and the wonderful things that they make so that you can love their blogs too. I spend a ton of hours working on MPR, sometimes at the sacrifice of other things in my life. I’m not complaining, because everything’s a choice – I just want to let you behind the scenes.

I started MPR in April of 2008. For over a year, I just featured projects once a week. I was doing projects on my own, on the side – but I was practicing and was hesitant to feature them. After a little over a year of featuring projects and messing around, I decided that I needed to either do this for real or just stop. I decided to jump in full-force, and then I started growing. I remember being happy when 40 people came to visit me in one day. That thought still makes me happy. I’m so thankful for all of you, because the fact that you care about my blog means a lot. You don’t have to be here, and I realize that.

I don’t get paid for using Mod Podge. Plaid doesn’t pay me every time I use Mod Podge, nor do I make money off of sales. I am honestly just crazy about the product. It’s my favorite craft supply, and there weren’t any decoupage blogs out there when I started this one, so it made sense.

This blog is for profit. I blogged for two years before I even knew what an ad network was. I inherited the inability to recognize obvious ways to make money from my mother. I didn’t start this blog to make money, but when I started blogging seriously I had to consider it due to the amount of time I was spending on it. I also have costs associated with this blog beyond time. Making money is not my primary goal – not even close. If it were, I would not do it.

To sum it up, I just want to make a little supplemental income to support my crafting habit and get compensated for some of the time I spend here. I want to be able to pay some writers and to grow – to bring you more awesome content. I want to be paid to do what I love, which is what we all want. I don’t think it’s wrong.

You will see sponsored posts on here from time to time. I have been doing them for awhile but have never spoken out about it. I have decided that from now on I will call them out (mark them with a tag) so that you know and “TiVo” over them if you choose. The sponsored posts have been and will continue to be hand-selected. I get tons of requests every day, but I won’t be blogging about car parts or fertilizer unless I really feel it is relevant to you. If a post like this doesn’t resonate with you personally, then just skip over it.

I hope you still love me. I mean that, even if you don’t agree with me. I honestly believe in what I do here. I want to continue blogging for as long as possible, and I want Mod Podge Rocks to be a place that is enjoyable for everyone – myself included.

Please let me know what you think in the comments. I don’t mind negative feedback, as long as it’s constructive.

PS – I was inspired to write this post by Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts, who wrote a similar post here. Thanks Heather!

Comments

  1. JeSuis says

    Dear Amy,
    This morning I visited your blog for the first time and read your post. I appreciate your honesty. I am a crafter with a full time job My job leaves little to the imagination and I need to craft in order to satisfy that need in my life.
    I visit blogs every chance I get. Speaking for me alone, I get “turned off” when the blogger’s message is one of I just blog for “beauty of blogging” yet the messages are all about links, new stores, new products, friend’s products ” I just love. So go over to her etsy store and buy ……” It seems insincere somehow. Anyway, I cast my vote with my feet and find other blogs.

    I appreciate your honesty. If I trust the blogger, then I take their advice and try the products.

    BTW, I am going to try the modge podge matte to create “faux canvas” over thanksgiving. Many different ways of doing per google search. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Nancy

  2. SimplyMe says

    I have visited your blog many times, and this is the first time I am getting to know you, instead of your creativity,crafts and giveaways. ;)Nice to meet you!

    I don’t mind people promoting things, or reviewing things, the option is open for us to buy or not. As a blogger I realize the time it must take to maintain a great blog( which I haven’t been able to do yet).
    I was feeling guilty about blogging for affiliate products,am still waiting for the feeling to go away.

  3. My name is Amee says

    Hi! Nice to meet you Amy! I love your blog…it is Awesome!
    I appreciate your honesty. I see nothing wrong with what you are doing. It takes so much time & energy to keep a blog up like you do. You should be able make money on your blog. Good luck!
    I love modge podge. I have just recently tried & now have my sister addicted to it too! It’s the best stuff ever!

  4. Linh C. says

    I enjoy reading your blog for all the great projects and tips. If there weren’t bloggers like you sharing your crafts, tutorials, and the products you use, the manufacturers of these products wouldn’t reach as many people. Hey, they pay advertising companies to get their message out, why shouldn’t they pay you? You as an end-user, provide the best form of advertising! I’m looking forward to your next post. :)

  5. Amy says

    I am glad to hear you get a little something for all the work you put into MPR (which always reads as Minnesota Public Radio to me, btw). I definitely still love you!

  6. crafterhours says

    Well, I was totally with you for bullet points 1 and 2 (I’m an AA too!), but seriously? no hot weather? I don’t know if we can be friends.

    The rest I’m cool with :)

    oh, and ps: just in case you hadn’t heard – they have these places where you can go to rent a room for the night – complete with air conditioning, a mattress, and if you choose wisely, room service. Just in case the camping thing was unintentional. (as it would be in my case)

  7. Theophanie says

    Good for you. :) Your blog rocks whether or not you advertise. I wish I could do sponsored posts sometime; if I made money blogging I could work less and focus on crafting/sewing and blogging about it!

  8. Knowledge Lady says

    I saw an except of your blog post over on Facebook (I follow Plaid Crafts) and I just had to take a look. I too have been a paid blogger for nearly 6 years now (the IRS calls it freelance writing) and love doing it. I think that most people treat a blog like a mini online magazine and just like the real magazines, they have ads. I have not come across anyone who will not read a blog because the the author was paid to write a post about a product every once an awhile. Keep doing what you love to do – write and craft. If you get paid at the same time then you have found the best of both worlds.

  9. Michelle L. says

    I APPROVE AND CONCUR with everything! Also want to add, there are sponsored posts and there are sponsored posts…if done with fidelity to the topic of the blog, they can be lovely additions. Lately, some of my fave bloggers have done the MOST awesomely cute projects using a sponsored product. I appreciate the creativity, learn a bit about the new product, and it makes me happy to know that these crafty people are getting a little compensation. So yay to being a paid blog so you can keep entertaining us in your brilliant style.

  10. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy!

    My name’s Amy too :) I’ve been following your blog for a while and enjoying it. Honestly, I thought you were a Plaid staffer and didn’t care! It’s obvious that you care about sharing cool crafts. I agree w/many other commenters here that we don’t care that you make money because we like the content and thanks for being upfront and honest w/us!

  11. Carolina says

    Hi Amy!

    Thanks for sharing more about yourself! I grew up with 3 brothers (1 older, 2 younger), and am a bit of a tomboy as well… I participated in lots of cubscout and boyscout activities (including lots of camping)!

    I’m shocked to hear that you shared other projects for so long before feeling like you could share your own! I see your stuff, and just LOVE it!!

  12. Jenni says

    love the projects you do and feature on your blog!

    i started my blog as a way to keep my family from far away updated on how we are doing (we live across the country), instead of sending pictures on an email, and then sprinkled in crafts and recipes! it has grown quite nicely and my mom always tells me i should try to make some money from it, but i have no idea where to start?!

    any tips? this is a silly question and one that you will probably laugh at because i should know, but do you have to claim your blog on your taxes?

  13. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

    Amy what a nice post to read! I loved learning more about you! I love you and your blog! I wish you nothing but success and hope will always be here to see what you’re up to and what you are recommending and who you are sharing! You were the first “big” blog to find one of my projects and highlight it without me linking up to a party. Your feature brought me a lot of new readers and really helped get my blog off the ground. Though I’m still a small blog, without you and MPR! Thank YOU!

  14. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says

    Amy–I love getting to know you! You are one of the nicest bloggers and you still treat all of us small timers like your best friends. You rock! :)

  15. JLR22 says

    Thank you for putting in the part of identifying when you are doing a sponsored post. There are blogs that don’t and I just don’t read them because they aren’t up front about it – like we don’t it’s a sponsored post? If I like the topic I’ll read the post regardless of whether it’s sponsored or not as long as the blogger is up front about it. And of course you should make money if you can doing something you love!Can you imagine men apologizing for making money off of their product/blog/time etc…?

  16. Amy* says

    Amy I commend you not just for your honesty but for your mad skills in multitasking! You work full time, keep up a fabulous blog, stay connected with readers through emails and social networking, make fantastic creations and showcase creations of others that you find along the way! All that you do on MPR is a full time job in and of itself! I’m glad you are getting some type of compensation for all of your hard work…you DESERVE it girl. For the record I have been reading your blog for a while and I have discovered many products and services through your blog that I never would have tried without your stamp of approval… and I’m glad I did!!

  17. says

    Hi, Amy! Loved your post. Blogging and getting paid, too has been my goal since I started blogging. Maybe one day I’ll be as lucky as you. Even though dialysis is only three times a week, it still feels like a job, and I can’t understand how you fit everything in with a full time job! Please, for all of us, keep up the fantastic work! Thank you for being there.

  18. says

    I check your blog out almost every day. Not every project resonates with me, but I love seeing what others create. As for making money with your blog – good grief! Have you looked at other blogs? Some are so plastered with ads you can barely read what they are actually writing about! I think if you can make a buck doing what you love – go for it! We all visit your blog voluntarily, so just enjoy writing about whatever you like while all your fans (groupies) read about it.

  19. Rita says

    Amy I love you and always will!! Can’t wait for your book and hope I get to be a part of it!!
    I understand the time it takes and love that you get compensated for your passion. It’s your passion that helps most of us out here get creative in the crafts we contribute to the world.
    I think you’re awesome and I will ALWAYS continue to read your blog!!

  20. Mrs. Irritation says

    I’ve been a blogger for 5+ years but just discovered your blog about a month ago. Not coincidentally, it was shortly after I discovered Mod Podge itself.

    I love your blog and I think it’s your blog to do with what you like. You shouldn’t (and I don’t think you did) have to apologize for whatever you do, but I appreciate your honesty.

    Consider me a fan!

  21. Mrs. Irritation says

    I forgot to mention that your pups are adorable!! I have a particular fondness for black pugs.

  22. Joanne@ Desertmountainbear says

    Just wanted to say that I am a fellow Mod Podge lover. I actually use the stuff over needle felt when making realistic noses for my teddy bears.
    I think if you can make money doing something you love and a product you believe in go for it.

  23. Lori m says

    Hi Amy, Lori m here, I’ve been a follower of your blog for some time now. I first found your blog, when someone made a project using Mod Podge. She tried to explain all it could do and so my search began.

    Since trying it once, I found it became one of my best friends. I do love things in our front door and windows but paper not sealed in the North can prove to be a waste of money and time.

    Using Mod Podge my project last for ever, well, a very long time as they’ve been used over again. This also makes for nice gift giving knowing the items will hold up.

    Thank you for all you do and I’ve enjoyed all your guest and projects posted.

    Happy Holidays, Lori m

  24. Andi @ udandi says

    Hi Amy, I’m a new follower because of the Crafterminds chat (and looking forward to your book).

    I love hearing about other bloggers who work outside their blog – just gives me a sense of comfort to find another in my tribe :)

  25. Connie says

    Love your blog! I work full time and when I craft, I can’t waste time trying to find something. I like to go to places (like MPR) where I know I can find what I need. You take that time not only to find and/or create projects, but have the step-by-step directions and photos to go along with it. You also take the time to feature other bloggers just like you. I found Dollar Store Crafts through you for which I am eternally grateful!

    Keep up the good work, and get cracking…Christmas is coming :)

  26. Kelsey says

    Hey Amy,
    I’ve been a follower of your blog for quite some time. (And Heather’s @ DSC too for that matter!) Both of your blogs are ones that I have on my ‘Must Read’ list – because for one, you both are awesome, and for two, you both are real. I know that when I come to your blog I am going to see some paid adverts … but I also know that they are specifically picked by you with your readers in mind. Many times they introduce me to items etc that I never would have come across on my own and I actually do appreciate them. Keep on Rock’in!
    QC Kelsey

  27. My Need 2 Craft says

    WHAT?! You have a BLOG?!?!
    I have been following you on facebook for some time now and just today saw you have a blog. haha. I am now following you.
    I flip back and forth trying to decide if blogging is something I want to do for money and in the end I think I will just blog for myself and share whatever I do or learn with all my followers. OK, so off I go now to check out your blog. :) Hugs!

  28. SUPAHMAMA! says

    How could we NOT love you!??!?

    a.) You live in the Atlanta “area” just like me — so you’ll also know what the quotations marks mean, lol.
    b.) You’re a total Mod Podge nut and I’m ALL OVER THAT LIKE WHITE ON RYE.
    c.) Alliteration? Psssh… My kids names are Logan, Lillie, and Ollie. Ollie being the only non-human child. Also? The Husband’s name is Billy. So many “L’s” and yet there are SO MANY NAMES I could come up with! Lyric, Lotus, Lucy, Liam, Linus, Lou, Lisbeth… If it weren’t for the fact that I didn’t marry for money, I’d probably end up like the Duggars.
    d.) Keep up the good work! I’ll be keeping my eye out around here first week of December, as I’ll be posting my own Christmas crafts up and girlfriend needs some ideas!!!

  29. Tami says

    I’ve loved you since your honesty when you suggested that I NOT mod podge my car’s dashboard!

    I kept loving you for your friendship with my daughters Erika and Abbie!

    You Rock. So does Mod Podge!

    Tami

  30. Karie @ The HoB says

    You had me at the picture of you with your pugs!!! I grew up with a pug, so cute!!! Your site rocks! And I think you should be compensated for your time and don’t we all need to fund our crafting addictions!! Have a great Sunday!!

  31. Ghostwriter Girl says

    It would be a shame if you DIDN’T get paid for all of the hard work you do on this fantastic blog! All of your tips, advice and projects have been so inspirational to so many of us, we need these little patches of creative inspiration in our daily lives. So “THANK YOU!”, we do still love you, and YOU rock! :)

  32. kecia says

    having met you in person and i know what a sincere and kind person you are (you rock, Amy!) – it’s your blog and you do whatever you want to! people who love you will come and stay for their own reasons. others who aren’t into blog with ads, sponsorship, etc. will move on (and that’s fine too).

    your audience appreciates your hard work!

    xoxo,

    kecia

  33. flyingbeader says

    Oh Amy…still love you & have been following since the beginning. I’ve learned so much from your blogging. Keep going girlfriend!

  34. PitterAndGlink says

    Hi, Amy! I loved reading this post and learning some about you! I think it’s great that you get paid for doing something you love and are passionate about. It doesn’t mean you’re a greedy person for making money for that; it just means you’re one of those special, blessed people who makes money doing what you love! I think your blog is awesome, and you share the love with other bloggers when you feature their projects. I know when you featured one of mine, I got a lot of traffic from it, and I still get traffic from it. So thanks for sharing! :)

  35. Lucy says

    I’m a long-time follower of MPR. I wouldn’t have stuck around if I found anything objectionable. The problem with most women (women, in particular, but it doesn’t exclude men) is that we don’t value our contributions enough. Like commercials, if I don’t find a need for whatever is being sold, I don’t pay attention. If, on the other hand, I need or am interested in a product, I look for someone who’s used the product, can offer pros and cons, and endorses it. I know you wouldn’t put a paid advertisement on your blog for something you couldn’t endorse. More power to you and all the other bloggers who find the enthusiasm, time, energy and inspirational ideas (day after day) to help out those of us who aren’t so gifted. ;-)

  36. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Great post, Amy!! I always enjoy reading more about the people behind the blogs I enjoy. And I definitely enjoy yours! I love the highlights of other people’s projects, and I love seeing the creative ideas you have for using Mod Podge. And knowing the products you endorse are ones think are pertinent to us will probably have me reading your sponsored posts, too. :)

  37. Chris says

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! I love to hear about you too :) Its fun to get to know the person behind the blog :D

  38. Eileen Hull says

    Amy- good for you! Great post. I don’t comment much but am always checking in to see what you are up to :-) Love your blog and you! Hugs- Eileen PS – You’ll let us know when’s the book coming out, right? Can’t wait to see.

  39. The Old Block House says

    I think it’s wonderful that you’ve taken something you love and grown into into such a wonderful site!

  40. Lindsey says

    I’ve been reading Mod Podge Rocks for over a year and I love it! I think it’s awesome you can make a little for all the time you spend making MPR awesome. I love reading it! I love your personality and getting to know more about you makes MPR even more fun to read!

  41. says

    Amy, your blog made me want to blog (which I do now, as an at-home art teacher, complete with link to your blog.) I subscribe to tons of blogs and yours is the only daily one I get that I really READ every day. I never considered paid ads before but for my blog I suppose it doesn’t make sense (you can tell me if I’m wrong) but I think it’s excellent that you do it and that it allows you to bring the job you love to us every day! Rock on, Amy! And thanks for the fabulous reading. My daily reminder of how much fun it can be to be creative! Paula http://paulacohen.blogspot.com/

  42. Tiffany says

    I love MPR (and you and your pups) and think it’s awesome that you’re able to make some cashola doing what you love! Don’t ever apologize! :)

  43. Anonymous says

    Thanks for your post Amy!

    I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago now visit every day. I did a search on decoupage…I had NO IDEA all the fun and fantastic crafts a person could do with a little Mod Podge – WOW!! So now I’m hooked :)
    Thank you!!

  44. billiejo says

    I’ve been an avid reader for a while and love your outlook and ideas Amy. I’m good with the paid advertisement because it is obvious you select relevant vendors and that is good. I have followed a couple of paid ad links and made great choices because of these. Just keep doing what you do and we will keep loving our time together.

  45. Laura/Pet Scribbles says

    Great post Amy! I agree with the others, you should get a little something for all of the time and creativity you invest in this blog.

    Your dogs are adorable, by the way.

    And I laughed out loud, truly, that you hate hot weather, despite where you live. We moved to southern NJ, near the shore a few years ago, and the summers here are horribly humid and buggy. I need at least a constant breeze, or I melt.

  46. AliciaArtShop says

    I love your blog and feel like you are interested in the same things that I am. I have absolutely NO problem with you earning whatever you can. Keep up the great work and have fun! ~Alicia♥

  47. Rossyl says

    as always Amy you ROCK…you inspire me and even though i am (way) older than you ….when i grow up i wanna be just like you :)

    rossane

  48. says

    It takes a LOT of time to write a blog and I totally understand if you want to make some money with it! As long as it’s relevant and you dont start advertising for toilet paper, lol! Is there a mod podge project with toilet paper? Let me google that, haha! ✰You rock!✰

  49. (Queenmothermamaw) Peggy says

    So glad to read about your Amy. I have been a follower of MPR for a long time. Have even won some products. MP is at my right hand at all times. Could not do without it. Kudos for you that your get paid. I could do that too if I chose to. I don’t but I am glad you do cause I may not always comment when I drop by but I come by everyday. Blessings and keep up the good work.
    QMM

  50. Paula says

    I really like your blog (even though I call Mod Podge “Modge Podge”)! I follow several bloggers who have sponsers – it doesn’t bother me as long as the blogger doesn’t inundate me with BUY! BUY! BUY! I like seeing what other folks are doing, so I like links. Keep it up, Amy! You are doing great!

  51. Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing says

    Just like your name Mod podge rocks, so do you Amy! Love your honesty and you deserve to make a few sheckles! I spelled that wrong, probably not even a word LOL!~ I will be guest posting on this topic soon for another blog. I by no means make lots of money blogging, however, I make enough to share a craft or two, and that indeed is what I love to do. Have a great weekend!

  52. Scrappin Cheryl says

    I love all that you do, and if you can make a few bucks in the process that’s awesome!!

  53. Natalia Encarnacion says

    Hi Amy, my name is Natalia and I’m from the Dominican Republic. I have always enjoyed working with my hands. I make beaded jewelry, collages, etc, and before stubling into your Blog I had never heard about Mod Podge.

    Well, I am hooked. I have done a few of the crafts posted here (I am still at beginner level) and I have to agree: Mod Podge does Rock!

    I don’t mind the advertising and/or sponsored posts. Your Blog is awesome! Keep up the good work :)

  54. My Creative Way says

    You’re amazing Amy! Everytime I think it’s time to give up on my blog you re-inspire me to keep going. I love this blog!

    Raychel

  55. Donna says

    I really appreciate that you indicate whether something is a sponsored post or not. Beyond that, you have the right to make a living. I know that blogs & hobby websites involve a lot of hard work and long hours outside of one’s regular job. If it were easy, we’d all be doing it! Thank you for all the fantastic tips and advice.

  56. Krystal says

    I’m glad I came across your blog 30 minutes ago. I’ve never used mod podge before, but I wanted to get creative with old boots, etc. I’ve heard about mod podge plenty of times, as I’m a “DIY” kinda girl. & So I’m bookmarking your website so when I do buy the mod podge, I’ll have plenty of DIY projects. ♡

    Thank you for being honest about everything! Not a lot of bloggers open up to us about being paid & whatnot. Honestly, I never knew that. Well, take care!