First of all, I’d like to say a big, big thank you to everyone who commented (and to everyone who comments from here on out) on this post. I read (and responded to) each & every comment, and I hope that y’all won’t be shy about commenting in the future (but there’s no pressure, I do read a lot of blogs and I don’t always comment). Y’all are so sweet and Robert & I are lucky to have such supportive readers! Reading y’all’s comments really made me feel as if anything is possible, which is pretty much how I felt when I started this blog (“Anything is possible! West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, HomeGoods and Z Gallerie could find my blog and sponsor me because the love it so much!”) Obviously the parenthetical situation has not happened (yet?) and hopefully those of you who follow me on Facebook are not annoyed with my feeble attempts to pimp myself out to West Elm, HomeGoods, Fabric.com, etc.
I have been doing research about what is and isn’t allowed with a free, WordPress.com hosted blog as far as ways to make some extra money. Google AdSense is not allowed, but it looks like Amazon ads are if you have original content (at least if I’m reading that right?) I think that paying for a new host would be the opposite of helpful at this point, so WordPress.com it is. We actually have an aStore, but we don’t really mention it (and I often forgot to sign in and organize it), so I think the only time it earned anything was when I followed my own sidebar link to buy something from Amazon. Some bloggers link to their aStore in their wish lists, but because ours more of a spin-off of our Source List ( there’s a small link at the bottom) it doesn’t really do anything (aside from being the misfit button on our sidebar that I haven’t bothered to color correct).
In the spirit of “here goes nothing!” I will probably start doing a few things that I like to call Passively Blogging for Money. For starters I may add a few aStore links into our Wish List and then just add the “List contains affiliate links” disclaimer to the bottom as a few other bloggers have done. I will be creating an Etsy store and I’ll be sure link to it on our sidebar. Technically I already made an account under the name RepurposedMaterials, but I haven’t done anything aside from favoriting a few things and putting my first name in my profile. I haven’t listed anything at all, but you can bet I will be calling on y’all to teach me the ropes!