First and foremost (before I start rambling on about who knows what) I want to say thank you to all of you. Y’all are seriously the best readers that a couple of DIY/decor/cooking/how-to/cocktail/travel/puppy bloggers could ask for.
As you probably know, Kevin and I are engineers. We love numbers (well, Kevin loves them… I’m ambivalent) and both spend entirely too much time checking LHBH’s stats page throughout the day. For us, part of the fun of blogging is seeing how many people land in our little corner of the internet each day, what you click on, which posts get searched and pinned, where in the world you come from (all these places, by the way).
Lately, we’ve noticed a trend. A upwards trend. We’re getting more views – lots more views. For some reason, y’all seem to like what we’ve got going on here at LHBH. Naturally, we’re flattered. I’m blushing right now, actually. We never expected LHBH to have any more readers than our moms (and we figured they’d take some convincing), so to have all of you stopping by makes us outright giddy.
And it’s not just you. We’ve been approached by a few marketing companies to buy advertising space and would really like to join both the BlogHer network (we’re members with Twitter and Pinterest but not the blog) and a few affiliate programs we’ve researched (but we can’t, not just yet anyway).
It’s amazing and awesome and scary that our little blog could grow that much if we’re willing to put in the time and effort… and make the transition to WordPress.org.
We’re still waffling on the decision to move or stay. If we stay we can continue as we are, focusing on DIY and writing when we can with no pressure to crank out five posts a week. If we move and get sponsors and affiliates, it’ll require a little more dedication (and money) that we’ve had to put in so far.
It’s scary, especially for me. I’m always afraid of failure. What if we try to move the blog and loose all of our previous posts? Or loose you as followers by adding ads and affiliate links to the site? Maybe we should just stay here at WordPress.com where it’s cozy and safe.
Have you made the .com to .org WordPress switch? Have you considered monetizing your blog? Would ads and affiliate links turn you off the blog?