December 31, 2011

What I Said I Wouldn't Do....

Have you ever done something you said you'd never do?  I remember making assumptions about what kind of mother I'd be before I even knew what having kids was like.  I vowed I would never, ever lick my finger and wipe off my child's face.  So gross!  Fast forward to years later.  I have a little boy and we're late for a doctor's appointment and I'm about to enter the building but I realize his little face it still showing signs of breakfast.  I can't find my wipes and we're late.  THEN it happens.  There aren't other options.  I lick my finger and wipe his sweet little face so I don't have to bring him to the doctor looking like I never bathe him.  I cringe, but I do it.  Ugh!

I mention this because I am about to do something I said I wouldn't do.

However, I'm hoping you'll stay with me here so you can understand why and hold back your judgement.  I am trying my best to be honest and frank with all of you.

Before my blog was even a few months old I promised that I would only have about 6 sponsors and never have any blinking advertisements.  I wanted to keep things simple.  We were in a great financial situation and my only purpose in blogging was to "do good."  That has been my goal since I started.  I accepted sponsors on a small basis, but never pursued them.  Having a few sponsors was nice because it helped offset the cost of creating projects to show you everyday.

Fast forward to today.  There are some things I didn't know then.  I didn't know that we would have two really tough years.  My husband works solely on commission and we all know what the economy has been like.  We've been smart with our finances and spent very little.  However, I've been given opportunities to make some money as my blog has grown.  About a month ago I added an advertisement in the sidebar.  It was really hard for me to do because I didn't want to be criticized.  To some of you it might be strange that I would even think that hard about it.  However, I am a very careful person and it kills me to do something I said I wouldn't.

As I toyed with the idea of monetizing I didn't want people to think that the purpose of my blog has changed.  It hasn't.  However, if I can help our family, I feel that's a blessing.  Our furnace is 20 years old and dying.  Our dishwasher isn't really cleaning our dishes.  My husband's car has about 180,000 miles on it and had to be towed in to be fixed after it wouldn't start on Christmas day.  We haven't been on a vacation in years.   I am NOT trying to complain.  I'm trying to explain.  I'd like to be able to pitch in and blogging has given me the opportunity to do so while staying home with my boys.

So there it is.  I've decided to phase out sponsors and run some additional ads instead.  If the ads are frustrating or annoying to you then I apologize.  Please just keep in mind that I'm trying to do my best in all aspects of my life - on the blog and in my family.  Thanks for understanding.

Thanks for reading my blog.

107 comments:

  1. if an ad (or two or twenty) is what it takes for you to keep posting awesome ideas and tutorials and cute pictures of your kids... i vote YES to ads. (not to mention fixing your vehicles, furnaces, dishwashers, etcetera). :)

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  2. No judgement here!! Love your blog and glad to have you sharing your ideas with us, ads or not!!

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  3. I agree with Sarah, just keep the amazing content coming. We all love it and are grateful for all your hard work. Thanks so much for blogging!

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  4. Way to go!! thanks for sharing your rockin creativity!! I'm so glad you get to make money at the same time...and I hope you get to go on TWO family vacations this year!!

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  5. Good for you that you are able to help your family by doing something you love! Nice to see such honesty. I wish you much success in 2012!

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  6. Whatever keeps you blogging is great by me!

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  7. Oh. my. word. It's your blog, you may do what you like with it. Besides, I can't see the ads in Google reader. ;) keep up the good work, and I hope your finances get better this year! And don't forget, God will supply all your needs, and this is certainly a way for Him to do it!

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  8. I don't mind the ads at all - go for it! It's for the ones you love the most! Happy New Years to you, may it be a blessed one

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  9. Your blog is a complete inspiration that benefits your readers ... you should also benefit. I don't care if you have dancing toddlers in the sidebar, I'll still read it.

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  10. You do what you've got to do. You're a great blogger with great ideas, a few ads won't change that. Blogging is a business and I know that it can be a financial blessing to your family. No worries.

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  11. It never bugs me either to see ads unless there is a gazillion and it takes forever for the page to load ~
    You go girl because your blog rocks!!!

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  12. I'm sorry things have been tight. It takes some courage to admit that to the world. Perhaps the success of your blog was a gift because He knew you'd need the extra money. No one blames you for needing to make money.

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  13. Cheri your blog is so great and you always have such amazing content! Put on 100 ads, you're worth it!

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  14. Always do what's best for you and your family, we'll be here too! Happy New Year! :-)

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  15. oh goodness! Absolutely no one should complain about advertising from you. You have an amazing blog and certainly deserve to be recompensed for you work. There is NOTHING wrong with that at all! I'm just grateful you've decided to do advertising instead of making me pay for it!:) Cause I probably would since I love your content so much!

    Please, if you get any negative feedback every, go back and reread all these comments. (I know how hard it is to ignore the one bad comment inspite of the hundreds of good ones!)

    And I admit that I read your blog all the time and never comment. Sorry! I know comments are very encouraging. I'll try to be better in the new year! :)

    -Janice

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  16. girrrllll I could have written this post! I felt guilty for EVER for putting any ads on my sidebar and (still) won't do the whole call for sponsors thing b/c I feel like I'm looking desperate and the purpose of my blog hasn't changed. That being said, I think you need to do what you need to do and people still love you ;)

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  17. supported! nothing wrong!

    :-)

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  18. Please do add some ads to help support your family! Your family is important, being at home with your boys is important, so go right ahead. You have a wonderful blog. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into it.

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  19. I admire you even more for stepping up & doing what you gotta do for your family!! You are sooo talented & of your blog had blinking ads all over it I'd still come back to see your awesomeness!!

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  20. oh my word - please don't waste a minute feeling guilty about this!! You put a lot of time into your blog, and it's loved by so many, I would be SO surprised if anyone would give you the slightest bit of resistance. If they do - they're just jealous!!

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  21. Do whatever you have to Cheri. My husband lost his job over 3 years ago. The day we found out was just before we announced that I was pregnant. He is now disabled and unable to work. We went from 2 incomes to just my one. The stress it put on us and our family has been difficult. We have been so blessed and have been able to rebound little by little during 2011. I can relate to what you are going thru. Be encouraged and bring on the ads Im (selfishly) so glad you have this option to help provide for your family while still entertaining us.=)

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  22. Don't think for one second you need to justify this decision to anyone but yourself!!! Your blogging is work and it's crazy to think you would be judged for being paid for your work.

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  23. While I totally admire your hesitance to change your mind, I too say GO for it! You offer so much to the craft world and family is first. So if this is what's best for your family, do it! :)

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  24. We're just excited you weren't going to tell us that you were going to take a break from blogging. I think it's great and sometimes I even find something I want from those advertisements. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!
    Blessings, Lori

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  25. I will be the first to admit ads can be annoying at times. However, your blog is great and totally worth it. Do not feel the need to justify. You are greatly supported. Have a great 2012 and keep on bloggin'!!!

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  26. Ads, what ads? I'm one of those people who doesn't pay a lot of attention to the columns around the blog posts... which may not be good news for your advertisers! ;)
    I hope you make a packet from the blog - you certainly deserve it!

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  27. My little shop sure will miss all the traffic you send my way. You and your blog are inspirational. THANKS!

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  28. load on the ads, I can look past them!

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  29. Still love your blog.

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  30. I want you to know how much your blog has blessed my life. As a newly stay-at-home mom, I really needed something to look forward to each day. Your creativity has inspired me and I love your Wake Up Wednesdays. You have shown me that I can still be productive, adventurous, and inspirational while being at home with my son. Thank you. Oh, and I think that it's great that you have the opportunity to your family out financially without having to sacrifice spending time with your boys. Consider it a tender mercy that has been years in the making.

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  31. When I first started following blogs years ago I hated ads. Then I started my own and followed so many that I came to love and realized that blogs are so much work. Fun work but work. And everyone deserves to be compensated for their work. It might not be a full time job but if it helps, it helps. I don't judge ads anymore and I hope others realize that too. You do what you have to do and we will still follow!

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  32. Well i think its awesome that you put so much care and passion into your blog. i agree with all the other comments. i would only complain if you have all ads and no posts,aka no blog.love your blog!!

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  33. I don't mind adds to read such an amazing blog as yours! It's a blessnig to be able to help your family, while doing what you love. Prayers everything works out and gets better for you.

    Christy

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  34. I am a firm believer that God puts things in your path as your needs dicatate. This opportunity is God providing you with a way to make ends meet. Don't apologize or feel badly about this - it is what is meant to be! Love reading your blog, and am so glad you are planning to continue!

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  35. I think it is wonderful that you can help support your family while staying home with your boys. You put a lot of time and effort into this blog and I think it is great that your efforts can be compensated.

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  36. Yup...i agree with most of the comments above. Hopefully it works out for you to be able to help financially in a big way, and I hope this year will bring you many opportunities.

    Thanks for the time you put into this blog...you have an amazing talent!

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  37. This is why I love your blog. You're talented and creative, but you're also honest, genuine, and real. You should run for office. :) You don't even need to feel guilty for the ad thing. Do what is best for your family. And besides, I'm sure a large percentage of your readers read your blog through a reader, so we don't even see the ads.

    And by the way, I too told myself I would never lick my finger and wipe my child's dirty face. You know what they say-Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Thanks for the creativity, time, and effort you put into your blog!

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  38. No need to justify your choices. It is your blog and it's well done. Bring on whatever changes you want!

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  39. Advertise away and don't feel the least bit guilty about it. I have learned over the years to never say never.

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  40. If you have the opportunity to provide for your family and bless others at the same time, you should do it with out guilt. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  41. You do whatever you need to do to take care of your family! I adore your blog, and ads won't change that. As a brand new blogger, I can use this as a learning opportunity!

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  42. no way would I ever judge that. I totally think that you should make money. I think sponsors are great too.I really like the way Ashleyannphotography runs her sponsers. She has about 10 or 20 and then one giveaway day a month with any shops that want to participate (from her sponsers). I think it's great and with what she was charging she has to make at the least $600 or so dollars a month doing it.

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  43. You are great! Love your blog!

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  44. As a stay at home momma I think it is our job to help out in any way we can. I babysit a couple days a week and watch the sales and coupon shop as a way to contribute to our finances. I think it's wonderful that you have a blog and means to contribute. We have the hardest job in the world, 24/7/365 for the rest of our lives. Kudos to you for being able to help support your family in this way, doing something you love. I certainly won't stop reading, because of a few little flashes on the screen. You're stories are too good, your words too inspiring for that to bother me.

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  45. I want to add to my above comment after thinking about it for a while...

    You got these followers without ads. So I hope those you advertise with fully understand that. Make sure you run the show the way YOU want to. We come here because of the content. Not the content of the ads. : )

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  46. You do what's best for your family, and we'll be here to support you! You are amazing and your blog is inspiring. Ads won't ever take away from that.

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  47. Honestly I'm glad you're doing it. I always enjoy your creative posts and I think you have every right to be paid for those. As a stay at home mom who works from home myself I think its important to put a value to the time spent away from your kids for "work" even if its what you enjoy. Keep up what you do! We all love it!
    -Kayla

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  48. I don't mind ads on blogs at all, but I sure would be sad if you had to give up your blog to go work somewhere else! You are truly an inspiration to me, how you take care of your boys, love your family and are still able to make some rockin' crafts.

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  49. Love your blog, read it EVERY DAY, and I didn't even notice there was a difference! I hope that you make thousands and thousands! And I hope you continue to blog for the rest of your life. :) Thanks for all you do!

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  50. I enjoy your blog and am now a follower. You have my support either way. Happiest of new years to ya!

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  51. I love that you said you are careful about your choices. I think that is AWEsome. And you're still staying you. I don't know how you blog every day-- I can only keep up with 3 times a week or so. You are amazing, Cheri!

    I hope 2012 is a better year in every way. :)

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  52. Do what you need to do. I'll still check in with you everyday because you are awesome. :) (I still can't read your navigation bar, though) Happy New Year, Cheri and family!!

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  53. Oh you Sweetie! If it helps your family - GO FOR IT! You are such a wonderful inspiration and I look forward to each post!

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  54. Good for you for recognizing that you want to keep true to your word - however, life happens and recognizing that changing your plans is for the good of your family - then you are wiser and better for it. LOVE your blog and a few ads might lead me to something I would not have otherwise known about. Good Luck on your life path and Happy New Year!

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  55. if anyone is annoyed by a few ad's that boo to them. Good for you for doing what you ifeel is right, especially to help your family. you are awesome not matter what.

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  56. I adore your blog, and as long as it doesn't become an ad-a-palooza, I don't mind at all. You have to put your family first, and adding a few unobtrusive ads is a great idea. Don't feel guilty about it, and do what's right for you and yours. If people are going to jump ship because of it, are they really the people you want in your online community anyways?

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  57. I think your talents are a blessing that made your blog what it is, to be able to host ads and bring in money for for your family now. Isn't it phenomenal how our Heavenly Father makes what we have and what we are enough, and at the right times even! Good luck to you in having this blog be what you need, Cheri!

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  58. You shouldn't even feel like you need to explain. Congrats on your blog success. God has blessed you just accept it and don't worry about naysayers.

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  59. Don't worry about ads! You should feel great that you can do something to help support your family. That's wonderful! Thanks for your blog -- it has helped me through some tough times. I wish you the best!

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  60. Shoot, I ignore those things anyway! ;)

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  61. It doesn't bother me one bit. You take your time away from your family to blog you should be able to show something for it. I don't blame you. You deserve to be able to feed your family. God bless you and your family! I love this blog.

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  62. First...I totally licked my finger to get toothpaste off my sons face on our way to a cousin's baptism this morning and as I was doing it I was thinking, "Geez...what has happened to me?" Too funny that you mention that in this post!

    Second...As I was reading this I was thinking that you are exactly how I perceive you. You are very real, and open and honest and that's what I love about you. I don't think it's wrong to have ads at all. I totally agree, if there is any way you can help out your families financial situation, GO FOR IT! I know as a stay at home mom, I feel this way all the time when we struggle with money and I'm always thankful for any opportunity I have to financially add what I can. I am also thankful that every time I read your posts or see your projects, I don't feel worse about myself. Does that make sense? I feel there are so many blogs out there that do nothing but make me feel like I'm not living up somehow and I don't get that vibe from yours. This is not me saying that I don't think you are talented or I'm way cooler (trust me I'm not!) but so often when I'm looking at a blog it's all about the cool things we did, or how much stuff our sponsors gave us, or so and so other blogger is my bff and we had this awesome time with all these other blog people because we are cooler than you, blah, blah, blah. I hope I'm making sense because what I'm really trying to say is I <3 you and your blog :) I'm glad you are who you are and not afraid to share that.

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  63. Please do not apologize for helping to take care of your family. We are here because of you and I don't think anyone will run just because you want to be a good wife and mother. We are all having tough times and have to do whatever it takes. My hat's off to you and I admire you.

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  64. it's your blog - do what you want! happy new year! i hope you get a vacation this year. :)

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  65. You can fill this sucker up with ads for all I care! You're doing great. I've been following you for a few years now and you're still one of my favorites. I stay home with my boys too. Money doesn't grow on trees so I say take it where you can get it. What a blessing!

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  67. Do what you have to do Cheri! Everyone has felt the strain of the tough economy. Bring on the ads. I won't criticize you for one second. I have learned so much from your blog and I have enjoyed every second of it. Keep it coming Cheri!!

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  68. Running this awesome blog takes a lot of time and you should be compensated for that. Please don't apologize for providing for your family! Thanks for all your hard work and creativity.

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  69. Cheri you are awesome! Your blog is awesome! And I understand this all too well. I started my blog about a year ago with the same thought in mind. No ads, no sponsors, just me sharing crafts and projects. Then as things developed the blog starting costing me money to keep up with space and bandwidth, and whatnot so I started taking on a few sponsors, then my husband got laid off and although he got a new job quickly which was a huge blessing it was a significant pay cut and having a blog that made a little extra income to help our family was a huge blessing. Life changes and I think it is great that you can make money to stay home with your boys and share what you love with your readers, I for one LOVE everything you share and the uplifting posts. I will even miss your sponsors. You have introduced me to some amazing shops and products. I hope you have a great new year!

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  70. Here's another vote for "don't worry about it!" I understand you being reluctant to change your mind or go back on something you said, but it's okay. As far as the ads go, who cares? You deserve to make a little something for all your hard work and I would expect any blog with the quality of posts that you have to have ads. Besides, they're definitely not intrusive.

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  71. You do what you have to do! I will still read it....besides....it's YOUR BLOG!!!!! And I love reading it :)

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  72. No explanation necessary here... I freak out every time I catch myself licking my thumb to take care of kids' face grime. Therefore, I'll be sticking around because I love it here, and the ads won't bug me.

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  73. I just wanted to add that this will not bother me whatsoever! I love your blog and ideas (especially since I have two young boys of my own!) and would read ya no matter what! Keep roaring on!

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  74. Oh Cheri, you are so kind. Count your blessings, if that means ads, than ads it shall be. Happy New Year, keep ur chin up Momma. I'm with another reader, here's to taking hubby on a sweeeeeet vacation!!

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  75. Cheri,

    As one mother to another I understand your situation and understand your decision. We are in similar circumstances and I have to go back to work. Unfortunately, I wasn't as wise with my spending and now we have a large credit card debt to pay off.
    I quit working due to my daughter's health - she takes seizures - and I needed to be available during the day in case she had one at school. The straw that broke the camel's back was she had one - thank goodness not a bad one; with those she stops breathing - at school and it took me an hour and a half to get permission to go make sure she was alright. I had already used up all my sick days and vacation days by March 1st for the year due to the amount of seizures she was having. With our extra house rented out, my husband and I thought we would be fine financially. However our renter flaked out on us totally and we are in the process of evicting her. The house is going up on the market as soon as possible and hopefully won't take too long to sell and this will help our situation. If I could think of a way to contribute and still stay home I would but I can't so... Your decision to accept advertising is a wise one as you have a financial need and your children are small and need their mother. I love your blog and will continue to read and be inspired. You do what you need to do and keep walking in faith. God provides where he guides.

    Maureen

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  76. I'm with the rest of the tribe...
    *love your living with intention
    *proud you are using your skills to support your family; why shouldn't you be compensated?! You provide a TREMENDOUS service and should be paid well for that.
    Keep it comin'!

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  77. No problem from my point of view. It comes with the territory :) And any way you can help your family is fantastic! I would like to say however that when the ads have nothing to do with what the blog is all about it gets a little weird. But something for a mommy, something to make my life easier - Please! keep THOSE ads a ooming!

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  78. It won't change a thing for me but glad it can make a difference for you!

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  79. Dude, here's my 2 cents....I love your blog for your content...for the opportunity to let me in your life, crafting and kids and whatnot...if having something extra on the side helps support your family, who's the one to say "That isn't right?" I'm not paying your bills, we aren't dating or together, I do not sign your checks so if you have to add something to YOUR blog to help support YOUR family, Girl DO YoU!! If people don't like it, tough crackers....they can send you some checks in the mail then!! SHHEESH....do what you gotta do for you and your family...I'm still going to read this amazing blog and hope to see more pictures of the cute lil kiddos!! xoxox smooches

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  80. No worries at all! I just really appreciate all you do to encourage my creativity and for being the encouraging person you are. I wish for you and your family a most peaceful and prosperous new year!

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  81. There is NOTHING wrong with add some advertising in your blog to make some money! Your blog rocks! Love your criativity and the way you wright.
    I'll continue stoping by, no matter what!
    Paula
    www.comoagenteviramae.blogspot.com

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  82. Thumbs up from as far as Spain! I've been follwoing your blog for over a year now and I must tell you what you do is HARD work, all your creative projects are an inspiration for me and my family... so if ads help you go on blogging new projects and make money for your family, I totally agree.

    As a blogger myself (I teach English to adults and have a blog for my students with news, exercises and interesting ideas), I would probably think of doing the same if I ever needed money to cope with everyday problems... the economic crisis is huge in Spain and lots of my firends have already done so... You should never for a moment think you're failing your followers or yourself, as you're not! Your blog is awesome!

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  83. I feel like your blog is one of the most honest, informational, uplifting blogs out there. I have never once felt like you are begging for readers and trying to be a famous blogger. You are always honest, humble and grateful for all your readers. You are genuine and truly want to help others. I think if you need/want to add ads, do it! I would love to see you get paid for all the hard work and help you are giving to others. Thank you for being such a good person. The world needs more people like you!

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  84. I see nothing wrong with that, making money doing something you love while at home with your boys!?
    I think that's awesome

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  85. Your blog, your choice!

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  86. I have been reading your blog for over a year now and I think what you are doing is great! You have to support your family and there is nothing wrong with that. I will still read every day. Thanks Cheri for all you do! :0)

    - jen

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  87. Adds or no adds, this girl from sweden will still love your blogg =) keep up the good work.

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  88. If I had a blog that could make money I would add advertisements! If it helps your family - go for it!! I'll still read either way :)

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  89. I have my kids lick my finger before I clean their face. They don't mind having their own spit wiped all over their face as much as mine. It's wierd but seems less gross for them. And congrats on the advertising your great and so is your blog you SHOULD be using it to make $ so :) and be happy.

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  90. go for it , we must all to what it takes to make it now

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  91. You're not 'selling out'. Nice that u care abt what others think, but we fell in love w/ ur blog b/c of you, the ability to relate to u as a mom and fellow crafter. Make ur dough, girl! Something I have noticed, tho, is it doesn't seem to me you have as many crafting ideas... Perhaps far too busy. I often felt amazed at how you seemed to have all of those ideas and realize them. I tried... Couldn't keep up! U do ur thing! We'll still be here reading!... w/ my cup of coffee!

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  92. I frankly cannot believe that you haven't done ads until now! There is no shame in it-- you should be able to help your family when you've helped so many other people with fun projects on your site. Own it, girl, cause as you can see from all these comments, we all love you!

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  93. Your blog is one of a kind. That's why I read it. I was always so impressed that you started blogging for fun, and although your family's circumstances are such that you need the money right now, I believe you will continue to do it because you enjoy it. You did not start out blogging to run ads. And that's what makes you different from so many other bloggers out there. I'll still be here, especially because we're having our first kiddo soon and it's a BOY! So bring on more fun boy projects, and I'll be here. :)

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  94. I wish you all the best! You're blog is amazing and if you can help your family by doing something you enjoy and are very good at, then go for it!

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  95. I think you are wonderful. The fact that you would even be so worried about this means that you are a thoughtful and kind person. I think most of us understand how much time and effort you put into this blog. You deserve to get paid for it. And if you can help your family out and still stay at home with your little guys, PLUS do this wonderful service for all of us, I think everybody wins! Keep up the good work, you will still have me as a faithful reader, ads or not. :)

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  96. You go girl! Thanks for being so thoughtful and heartfelt!!{{{hugs}}}

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  97. those who love you will totally understand and not think a thing about it!!!! i will continue to read bc youre pretty much awesome!! and if you need money and have an opportunity to make money then you should do it!!!!!

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  98. I can't add much more than what others have already said but I think you are amazing! I realize I'm repeating a lot of what others have said but it is true. I feel we see the "real" you on your blog and know what kind of person you are. An amazing, creative, kind, talented person, wife, and mother. I love your blog and I would hate to see it go away. Even more so, I know how much it means to be a stay at home mom and I would hate to see that taken away from you. If your blog can provide an opportunity for you to contribute to your family's finances, why shouldn't you? Not to mention a blog is a lot of work and you deserve more than nice comments for sharing with us! <3

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  99. I really don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. You are amazing and I love your blog, so you should make money off of it. I think we all understand the economy and what it is doing to people, especially those with families. I just wanted to echo everyone else and say thank you for your honesty, but I definitely understand why you are doing it, and it won't turn me away.

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  100. Cheri!

    I have an enormous amount of respect for you and for this post. I recently decided to start accepting sponsors and just applied to Blogher. Both things I thought I would never do with my blog. We are looking for ways for me to contribute more financially when and where I can also...at least until the baby comes. I understand a little bit of the struggle to make that leap. I still worry that people think I'm "selling out." But really I think it's only driving me forward to really go for ideas that I would have let fall to wayside because I didn't have a lot of motivation to do it before. So for me, it's a good thing.

    I like too that I can decide to just stop whenever I want. Isn't that a beautiful thing? In a time when we feel at the mercy of employers who often determine our financial situation in some way or another, it feels good to find something flexible, empowering, worthwhile, and fun that might help pay the insurance bill for a month that we have more control over - AND provide healthy therapy and entertainment for me. :)

    I know you are a really wonderful person and honest blogger. The ads never once made me think any different.

    Cheers to you Cheri.

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  101. First, I'll start by saying: I love your blog! I think it is awesome that you genuinely care about your readers as much as you do. Also, I ADORE your boys and all of your boy-related projects (I have three boys myself).

    As much as sponsors can be irritating to a reader, I feel like it's the price we must pay to enjoy a great blog. The time and effort you expend to maintain a blog is worth the dough and then some!

    As far as doing something you said you'd never do: things change, people change, circumstances change. As long as I can keep finding joy and inspiration from you and your family, I'm fine with whatev. You rock.

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  102. I don't blame you AT ALL for the ads! If I were as talented as you and could make money blogging while helping others and sharing joy, I totally would!!

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  103. You deserve compensation for your work. Period. And the good it does won't stop. Good luck with everything!

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  104. I can't really imagine that anyone would have a problem with that. And if they do, then too bad. Don't read anymore. The readers that know and love you will still be here. And I am one of them!

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  105. If you don't run ads, I will be mad at you! Don't let your family sacrifice so much because of your pride:) Let all your hard work, talents and inspiration earn you a little cushion money!!!!! You rock!

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  106. i love your blog, ads will never change that. (except for maybe the pop up ones ;) just kidding. I think it's great that this blog can help you support your family! Crafty Pod had some interesting posts about supporting bloggers, not sure if you read them but you might want to check them out.

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