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.
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.