Before I start this post I think I need to add a pretty hefty disclaimer. I am not coming for or calling out any of you. This is not and will not be directed at anyone in particular. You are allowed to make, do, and sell anything you want within your own personal internet space. I am passing no judgement nor condemning anyone for their actions. Nor am I attempting to belittle those that use their internet space for the type of things mentioned in this post. This is simply my promise to my own readers, and the only person I expect to abide by this is myself. I do not intend to upset or offend anyone with this post. Please do not use this promise as a template to judge other bloggers. I can and will only speak for myself.
Whew okay. Now that our panties are unbunched, let's start, shall we?
Writing in Red Lipstick is a for-profit blog. This simply means that I have made a point to monetize my internet space. This is mainly through Google Adsense and affiliate programs, in which the income is extremely passive. It depends on you, my reader, to be interested and click on links or ads that are displayed on my site. As you know, you are not required to participate in this, and that is perfectly okay with me.
The other way I make money is through sponsored posts. I usually make a point to post only one of these a month or less, as I am sure to only post about products that I would normally purchase with my own money, in order to stay 100% honest and transparent with you, my reader.
I also make money with my Etsy shop. On Etsy, I offer physical products or design work that has either been hand made or hand picked (vintage) by myself and myself only. I will never sell anyone else's work (unless vintage), intellectual property, or an item that I did not hand make or design myself.
I will not be making money by offering you an "expert opinion" on anything. You will never see a vague "master class" detailing nothing in particular, or filled with info you can find with a simple google search. You'll never find a live stream video of me promising fame and success if you just sign up for my workshops. I will never offer you health or spiritual help in exchange for your last paycheck. You'll never see a $300 eBook for sale on this site. Any of my experience or knowledge will be offered for free. I don't need an imaginary "leg up" on my readers. Unless I get a legit book deal, I will not be selling you my words or experience, ever.
On this blog, I intend to keep things 100% transparent. You will always know when I'm making money from something. You can always expect my honest opinion on this blog. I'm not here to be glossed over or to sell you an image or ideas. I'm here to deliver you my perspective and my realness. For free.
I will not spam you with popups. I will not ask you to pay me to join my exclusive club.
What I will do is try my best to offer you relevant, heartfelt, and inspiring content. I can share my personal style and hopes and dreams and travels with you. I can share my triumphs and losses with you. I can be your friend, and you can be mine.
I want my readers to be able to trust me, understand my motives, and for this internet space to be a place to teach, learn, and celebrate.
Thank you for continuing to come back to my blog, and for interacting with me on social media. I love that the internet has become a space for friends, and I cherish each and every one of you.