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Is my money well spent on book blogging?

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Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging, and the book community.

When I started my web design hobby, I was so contended with free web hosting. I don’t mind the ugly URL (I don’t even know if having a ‘name’ was important). I just want to build websites *whispers: fan sites* so I didn’t bother knowing the technical aspect. I was already trying to learn HTML/CSS and Photoshop at the same time so I thought my hands were completely full and knowing the back-end was too much for me. I created many websites and met many online friends who loved what I do. I was one time asked if I wanted to be hosted—under a self-hosted server. Of course, I said yes. So I have a subdomain and it was cool. I realized there were so many perks being under a ‘paid’ service. And then I learned about domains (skycircus.org is my third domain).

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So what’s with the little bit of my online history? I’m going to talk about money! The dollars, the dough, the green *insert slang word for money here.* I think I’ve heard it from Shanelle that her parents were very strict on money and she said something that caught my attention: why spend money on non-generating hobby? Hobby is something we do out of passion—strong passion. An investment even though revenue is non-existent, is a move we gladly take. There’s a reason why we are so involved with our hobbies and there’s reason why we spend money on it. It’s the passion that drives us to do it. But as a blogger: how much should we spend on blogging?

So how much do I spend? You see, I’m hosted for free; the only thing I’m paying for is my domain name. That’s about $10+/year so that’s completely cheap. I’m so thankful that Misaki hosts me for free (and if you need a hosting plan check her website. It’s very cheap compare to others and her services are top-notch. Your money is well spent with her) because we’re talking about more or less $100/year and if I convert it to Pesos, it’s quite expensive. So Misaki is like an angel to me. <3

I design my own blog so hiring a designer was never on my radar. So if I sum it up, my investment (we’re talking about money only) weren’t that big but then again I have an awesome friend/host and being DIY girl help me a lot. And to be perfectly honest, most of money is still spend on books. Yes, I’m a blogger/reviewer, and yes I receive review copies but that doesn’t mean I don’t buy books anymore. I still buy books. I love buying books. There’s big satisfaction on buying books to me.

I’m cheapskate. I’m very frugal. So I always weigh so much on spending (well except sometimes books, they were kinda hard to resist!). When I did that short freelance gig, I learned how much people are willing to spend. But here’s my biggest tip for newbies: don’t spend your money first! Why? You need to experience it first! Learn the ropes! Bloggers may come and go. Interest might changed. Be sure that you are in it for real. It’s not only about the money, it also takes a lot of time and effort to maintain it; you need to be sure you’re committed on it before you start spending some dough. :happy:

So it’s your turn bookish peeps, how much do you spend on blogging? Do you think the money you spend for it is worth it? Care to share it with me?  :D

2014 / 04 / 22

25 Responses to Bookish Verbosity: Let’s Talk About Dollar$

  1. AnahSpiers says:

    This post is really insightful! I didn’t even know about buying domains until I read this.

    I’m a newb, so I haven’t spent that much money on blogging. I bought a few books, and that’s about it. ^_^

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh, thanks Anah. You can buy a domain for $10 (sometimes free when you also buy a hosting plan). A domain name is so important to me because it represents me, haha.

      I think we still spend most of our money on books, but maintaining a blog sure will take few papers out of our wallets.

  2. When I moved to WordPress, I bought the UBB plugin and the Tweak Me theme from Creative Whim which was quite a bit. Then I bought 2 years of hosting which costed I think 80 ish dollars which wasn’t too bad. All together, that was $100+ which a lot when you’re still in school but to be honest, I don’t care because I love blogging so much! I have a few ads on my site which almost pays for my hosting. Plus, blogging has led me to so many amazing things that I would’ve never found. <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s a lot of money but you’re right when you really love what you do the money you invested on it, doesn’t matter, the happiness you got from it is. :D

  3. Interesting post, Mitchii! I’ve thought about buying a domain, but I still can’t really see the point. I mean, I would love to have a shorter domain, but still, I think it’s okay the way it is and I don’t have to spend a cent! I haven’t spent anything at all for blogging, but maybe I will in the future (because there are so many plugins and things I want to purchase) when I earn my own income (I’m still in high school). I spend most of my money on books, anyway. ;)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think most bloggers still spend their money on books. I think, we should be wise on spending our money that’s why I really think that bloggers, particularly newbies need to feel the environment first before spending money. ;D Thanks Aimee.

  4. Shannelle C. says:

    AAAH you mentioned me! But my name has another “n” BTW

    And oh my goodness, am I just jealous that you have free hosting from Misaki. I mean, it’s one thing to have to pay for the whole hosting shebang and another thing to just pay 10 dollars a year. >< Jealous

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Er, sorry. I knew her just when she was starting her hosting site, plus we were part of the same web community. I don’t know what to do without her since web hosting is really expensive. She really is an angel to me. <3

  5. Blogging costs me $130 a year (now that I’ve moved to self hosting). I don’t really mind because it’s one of the most important things in my life (as UBER LAME as that sounds, haha). I cannot think of anything I’d rather spend my money on, to be honest.
    I waited until I had a host I trusted (Ashley from Nose Graze), and then my domain is $11 a year, and the redirection from wordpress.com is $13 a year (which I can probably cease once people get used to me not being wordpress.com and then it would be $120 a year). I don’t think it’s too much, really. I mean, I can spend $130 on books really easily, so why wouldn’t I spend that much on my blog where I fangirl about them all the time? :D
    I love what you said at the end, though. I don’t think people should just jump into the money side of blogging until they’re sure. Some people don’t stick with blogging, or find another hobby they’d rather spend money on. I knew that self hosted was what I wanted because it felt really right for me (and my blog is my passion so yeah).
    Sure, I’d love it if it was a bit cheaper, but I’m happy ^.^
    OH. And sure, I don’t get paid for blogging, and yes it is a hobby. But the happiness I get from it is well worth the money, in my opinion. <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      The amount you spend seems irrelevant if you’re so passionate about it. The happiness and satisfaction you got from it makes up for it. And happiness is something money can’t buy so I truly understand why people spend that much.

      When I try something new, I want to feel it first. For newbies, there’s so many free options. They need to try those first. :D

  6. Blogging isn’t just a hobby. It’s something I think about every day :D The only reason I’m not switching to my own domain is because I’m feeling great with blogspot :) It’s not worth the money for now, but I’m certainly thinking about it for somewhere in the future. The only money I spend so far was my newest design and since I was contacted by that blogging friend, I got it for a very nice price. Seeing I’m just a poor student, that was great :) And the rest of my money is spend on books, haha, but that’s not because I’m a blogger. I’m a blogger, because I’m a passionate reader.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I really like that, Mel, I always think that I’m a reader first and blogging is something that naturally happened because of it. I always have a domain so it feels strange if I don’t have one (I almost give it up though). It just nice to have a name that represents me. :D

      Books are always where the money goes–well, at least that’s what I think.

  7. Pretty Little Reader says:

    Some people spend money on buying new clothes, designer bags or accessories. Others spend their money on their cars. And others spend their money on going to the movies. I choose to spend my money on blogging, because it’s something I’m passionate about.

    It’s not that I don’t buy myself new clothes or that I don’t go to the movies. I just might not do those things as> often as a non-blogger, because I’ve chosen to spend most of my “entertainment” fund on blogging.

    As long as I curb my spending on books, I find my blogging hobby really doesn’t cost me any more than my husbands video game hobby; his video games are usually $50-$60 and he gets a new one on a semi-regular basis (almost monthly, I’d say). My hosting costs me $70/year and my domain $10. Compared to his video games, that leaves me lots of wiggle room for new books!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That’s good way to think. If you think about it, the same can be applied on others’ hobbies. Spending money on something you’re truly passionate about is not really a waste. The satisfaction you get from it is enough revenue and motivation to spend. <3

  8. Misaki says:

    Hello Mitchii! :D Thanks for mentioning me, you’re too sweet <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Aw, Misaki. It’s true, you help me so much (especially those times I flipped out over small things regarding the site, haha). But really, you deserve praises!! Thanks! <3 *hugs*

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  10. girlxoxo says:

    I spend 10x more on my running & cycling hobbies. Race entry fees for ONE triathlon or duathlon is close to $100. Entry fees for running a race is $25 or so – more if it’s a half-marathon or marathon. I bought mybike for more than $1000 – so honesty, I laugh when I see people saying blogging is an expensive hobby!

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

    • Mitchii G. says:

      You got a very expensive hobby. :) I guess some people are just practical and didn’t know the back-end of maintaining a blog, that’s why they think that way. Thanks Tanya. :3

  11. Ashley Evans says:

    I think I spend more than most, but it’s mostly because I wanted a dedicated server for myself. I don’t HAVE to pay as much as I do, but I WANT to. Let’s just say it’s in the hundreds per month.

    However, I also run a web hosting business so I use half the server for myself and the other half for clients. This makes up for all the expenses I incur.

    Other than that, I don’t spend a whole lot, but that’s because I’m a web designer/developer. Instead of buying themes and plugins, I code my own, so it works out nicely.

    I think people shouldn’t feel any guilt about putting down money though. As someone else pointed out, people spend money on all kinds of things: clothes, makeup, shoes they don’t need, cars, going to events, movies, music, whatever. Buying books or server space or plugins or themes is just another thing to spend money on because you want to. It’s perfectly fine to put money towards a hobby. Ultimately, you’re paying for a form of entertainment.. it’s just in a slightly different form.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh wow, I’m huge fan of yours Ashley (way too shy to approach you). <3

      That's a huge sum of money but since you're using it on your business, I think it's a good decision. Some people think that just because hobbies don't have profits (but sometimes they do grow as a business just like yours) you're wasting money. It's true that it is also a different form of entertainment but more than that the satisfaction and happiness I get from it is priceless. Thanks Ashely. :D

  12. Finley Jayne says:

    Well, my blog is only a couple months old at this point, but I haven’t spent any money yet-just a ridiculous amount of time so far :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s not just the money but maintaining a blog takes a lot of time and effort. Things that money can’t even buy. :3

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