Many people have encouraged me to move my blog to a site that allows advertising in order to try to make some money from it. I like wordpress- the ease of it and the amount of detail and number of options they provide me in blogging. And I like the spare, elegant, non-commercial look of my blog. I began it not to make money but to express myself, provide an outlet for my thoughts on our situation, and connect in some way with other people. The donation link provides people who are genuinely moved to help a way to do so without crass commercialization and blatant ads obscuring the content.
But our situation has dragged on much longer than I anticipated and so many things – like job retraining or a bigger trailer or summer camp or new glasses or a root canal – are out of reach unless I can find some way (and yes, I’m applying right, left and center for available jobs, and no, I’m not quite ready to stand on the street corner with my most photogenic kid and a sign that says “Anything Helps, God Bless.”) to add to our income. So I am considering moving my boxcarkids blog to a site that allows ads. As someone who used to mute all commercials when watching TV, I’m not pleased to be thrusting ads on my readers but I hope if I move, many of you will continue to follow our adventures (or misadventures as they may be).

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17 Responses to Moving?

  1. John says:

    What site are you moving too? And also, my blog (where I talk about politics) has advertising too.

  2. Melanie Covensky says:

    I have never left a comment for you, but I have to say that truly enjoy following your story, it is ever inspiring. I will applaud you for doing whatever it takes to make some extra money, and will follow you to any site, ads or not. I wish I could help, but if looking at, or clicking ads, willl make a difference for you, I will be willing! Good Luck!

  3. Stardust says:

    Just be sure to tell us where you’re going

  4. Della says:

    I’ll follow if you move, and if I can. 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    I have moved both a personal blog and a work blog from WordPress to Blogspot (Google) in order to take advantage of advertising. You won’t make a ton of money, but every little bit helps, and it’s free!

    If you’d like help, I’d be happy to set everything up, including getting you new statistics (losing WordPress’ built-in analytics was a bummer, but Google’s are very good once you implement them).

  6. Lauren says:

    You may also want to look into the Amazon Affiliate program. All it takes is putting a link to Amazon on your site, and a percentage of all purchases made from that link go back to you. Depending on your readers, this could be significant and an easy way for people to help while doing normal shopping. I’ve seen it on a lot of sites, but have no personal experience with it. Either way, it looks to be free and relatively painless to sign up and at least look around.

  7. Grace says:

    I use Blogger, which does allow me to monetize my blog. I’ve just never gotten around to it. But I’m considering it. If I were you, I’d definitely do it. If you don’t get any money, so what? It’s not like you’re getting any now. And if you do get some? All to the good.

  8. Jon says:

    I don’t know what kind of traffic you get, but Google ads probably won’t perform very well given your reader profile. I know you have a Paypal donation link, but have you considered posting an Amazon donation/tip link and an Amazon wish list?

    • We did have an wishlist at Christmas and thanks to some generous folks out there the kids were showered with gifts! But aside from Christmas most of our ‘wishes’ aren’t really available on Amazon – it’s more things like a few weeks of summer camp tuition, help with the car insurance payment coming due this month, etc. We do appreciate the thought though!

  9. Brigitte says:

    I’m curious to see what kind of advertisers your blog attracts. It’s an interesting social experiment. Unfortunately at your expense.

  10. I didn’t know wordpress didn’t allow ads. Blogger aka blogspot (through google) does, and you can choose minimalist ads that won’t be too annoying to people. I’d imagine those pay less. I would sure resubscribe, if reminded.

  11. Sam says:

    I would follow as I find your posts interesting & I’d be glad to hear that your getting some $.
    The job scene isn’t good right now – something will surface for you. It has to eventually since your putting so much energy into it.

  12. Jeannette says:

    I believe you have to do what you need to do to provide income for your family and if putting ads on your blog site will help then do it. I myself will not think any differently of you. Actually in reality it matters not what I think or anyone else for matter. I always like reading your blog and enjoy following your journey-I hate to say it, but reading your troubles helps me focus less on my own. God is listening and watching, may he provide you some answers soon

  13. Jenn W says:

    Of course I’ll follow you. I think that would be a smart move. Keep us posted, as we might be able to purchase an ad once you’re ready!

  14. Brandon says:

    You can still use WordPress off of the WordPress site. It is installable on other web servers 🙂

  15. d says:

    We are with you all the way. Good luck!

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