I don’t run advertisements here, and I never have. I’ve never had a giveaway. I occasionally do book reviews when I enjoy a book, but I don’t do paid reviews. I once reviewed a water bottle that I got for free, but I didn’t like it and said so. After that, I decided to reject any offers to do reviews in exchange for free products.
Farmer’s Daughter is a reflection of my life. I have a paying job and I also started writing for pay recently at a to-be-launched site (details coming soon). This blog is my hobby, an enjoyable part of my life. I decided long ago that this blog is not for me to make money. Not that I think I could make that much money with it anyway.
This lifestyle that I live and blog about is not for sale. I’m focusing on living with less, reducing my impact, avoiding consumerism, reducing waste. I cannot in good conscience promote “stuff” via ads, giveaways or paid reviews. And I don’t want to do that or feel any type of pressure or influence on what I write. I write for me, and if you happen to enjoy what I have to say, my photos or my recipes, I’m so happy that you visit.
I visit blogs that have ads, occasional reviews and giveaways, and I’ve entered and even won giveaways of items that I thought would be useful (I won a copy of Sharon Astyk’s book Depletion and Abundance and a DVD of “Dirt,” an environmental film I’d like to show to my students). I am turned off if a blog seems to be all about the “stuff” but I’ve found that most of the blogs I enjoy place much more value on content over consumerism.
What do you do on your own site? Why?