Last week, Canadian Capitalist announced the merger of his blog partnership of his blog with the well known finance magazine Money Sense. I was actually quite happy for him as I know how many hours Ram puts into his blog and the passion and dedication it requires to keep up a blog alive (posting 5 days a week) for the past 5 years.
In fact, it was the very first time where I felt that I was doing something right with The Financial Blogger and what kept me going was to get mentioned on his blog and to see the amount of traffic it had brought me. This is when I realized I could become a “real” blogger and make my site grow. Canadian Capitalist was literally the spark plug for my “blogger career”.
Unfortunately, there are some readers who complained both on Canadian Capitalist and on Four Pillars (where the author mentioned that he was supporting Ram). Readers claimed they were disappointed, that they thought Ram was an independent blogger, that they didn’t like the feel of having the aura of Money Sense around their (his?) blog. To those people, I have only one question to ask:
I just don’t get it. When I started The Financial Blogger, I wrote it in plain black & white that while I was passionate about finance and while I want to improve my English writing skills, I was also there to make money. It has always been one of my goals over the past 3 years and I am not ashamed about it.
I run a few ads, I plug a few products (which I think are good) once in a while in order to help me reach a higher level of financial independence. I’ve always mentioned that I would never want TFB to become like a Nascar, but a few ads is the compromise I am willing to live with.
I think people sometimes underestimate the amount of time it requires to maintain a single blog. In my case, I wake up every morning at 5am, spend 30 minutes while having breakfast to look at stats, comments and emails. Then, I jump in the bus and write non stop for 45 minutes. During the day, I use my Blackberry to keep track of what is going on. After my day shift at the bank, I get back in the bus to write for another 45 minutes. Then, I come home and take another 30 minutes to clean-up my emails, check stats and comments.
I work at the bank 4 days a week and use fifth business day to work on my blog. I have subscribed to a few newsletters and money magazines to inspire me and I also spend time over the weekend to do ramblings or discuss with other bloggers.
I am not writing this to complain or in the hopes you pity me. I have made the decision to live like this and I enjoy it; Big Time! Having said that, you may try to appreciate that if you spend a minimum of 2 and a half hours per day on something, you would definitely like to generate a few bucks out of it.
I know for a fact that Canadian Capitalist refused several advertising offers because he didn’t think they were a good fit with his blog. Today, I now trust his judgment while deciding to merge with Money Sense. I would have probably done the same in his position!
I am truly honoured to be read by so many people and I am flabbergasted each time you comment on one of my articles (I actually wish for even more comments 😉 ). I am doing my best each day to provide quality and entertaining articles so you will come back and read my next article tomorrow. However, I think it is my right as a blogger to decide if I put in a few ads to make a couple of bucks from my passion.
So congrats on Canadian Capitalist for making a great business move!
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