March 31, 2012
Dans le Townhouse Now Accepting Advertisements
I have politely turned down advertisers for months, including an invitation from the BlogHer advertising network, so I want my lovely readers to know why I am accepting ads now and how this will only improve Dans le Townhouse.
I decided to accept ads so that I can continue to provide the DIY projects you love (like my easy Ikea Expedit Hack and Simple DIY Art) and the fun, informative posts you've asked for (like tips for choosing picture frames or making your own frames for paintings).
Blogging is a lot of work. Creating a post, when I factor in taking and editing photos, writing content, researching products, and wrestling with the technical end can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours. That's not including the DIY project, room makeover or small tweak (which I would have done anyway, so it seems unfair to count that)! I also continually work to make the blog look prettier, load faster and be easier to navigate. I love doing this work, though, and I pride myself on creating a blog you love, return to and comment on.
Accepting ads not only means I can continue to deliver an increasingly better blog by being able to spend more time on it (instead of something else that pays the bills and keeps the lights on), but it will also help me to finance projects so the time between DIY goodness will be shortened and maybe I can even experiment with ideas that have been placed on the back burner, at risk of never being completed. Right now, Hubby & I budget pretty strictly but paint and glitter adds up! Sponsors will help alleviate the budget burden a tiny bit, so get ready for more DIY madness!
All in all, ads on Dans le Townhouse mean a better blog experience for you. Plus, because I promise to be super picky and only accept sponsorship from companies I would have blogged about before drafting an advertisement policy (shhhh, don't tell them), you'll find out about cool new things as usual without worrying some sketchy company has me in their back pocket. And I'll be hooking you up with more giveaway, too.
Because I value your readership and the relationships we've formed through comments and emails, I promise to be up front and honest about what posts/projects/products are sponsored and what impact that has had on editorial content. And I will also respect your feedback, so if a particular product, company or shop is off-putting or you've had a bad experience, let me know! I would feel a little disheartened about a blog that had sponsorship from The Brick, you know why, so I want Dans le Townhouse to remain a place you feel excited about visiting. I love that you stop by the townhouse, and I look forward to your visits.
Do you, or someone you know, have a blog, Etsy shop or company that you would like to advertise? Dans le Townhouse readers & their friends and family receive 10% off the first 3 months of ads. Just to say "thanks" to my fantastic readers.
Check out the details and options on the new Advertise Page.