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Saturday
Nov052005

Money.

I am good at very few things. Very few things, anyway, that one can get paid for. I can be charming. I have a relatively nice singing voice, and have no problem telling humorous tales or singing ditties for an audience. I can sketch pleasant renderings of people or landscapes. I am a consummate doodler. I can cook, sort of, and I can bake (usually). Oh, and I can write.

Basically, I would be a good hostess. I am excellent wife material. Add a few harp lessons, and I would have been in high demand in the nineteenth century.

I am, however, helpless when it comes to office work. I am qualified only to be an editor or a copyeditor, and I hate editing and copyediting. Above and beyond my hatred of editing, I deeply, deeply loathe offices. The fluorescent lighting, the bad coffee, the squeaking door of the ladies’ room—I’m breaking out in hives even thinking about it. I find nothing as depressing as sitting in a cubicle. I know, I know, it’s no one’s idea of heaven. And I don’t want to sound like a big ol’ crybaby, but that’s exactly what I am. I really can’t do it. I spent almost every day at my last job weeping at my desk or sniffling in the bathroom stall or choking back tears on my way to the bad Thai place down the street. I racked up sick days and came in late and “worked from home” and took long lunches and missed deadlines and practically begged them to fire me. Finally I managed to get out by first getting myself knocked up and then developing an agonizing array of repetitive stress injuries. It’s not a strategy I would recommend.

Anyway, then I had this kid, and decided, for lack of any better ideas, to stay at home. This is a life that works for me and makes me happy; I would not go back to office life for anything. My time is my own (when it's not hijacked by Henry's latest Star Wars fantasy) and when the child is away or asleep I can do some freelance writing, and work on Big Secret Projects that might someday result in some money.

That said, I’m not making enough money—we’re not making enough money—and changes have to be made.

For a time I seriously contemplated quitting the blog, as it was a drain on my free time, which is the only time I have to generate any sort of income. Then I realized how much this site means to me. Quitting wasn’t –and isn’t—an option. But because I have to prioritize the projects that pay (alliteration!), Finslippy often falls by the wayside, and then I get grumpy emails from you. And you know I don’t ever want to see you grumpy.

All of this is my incredibly roundabout way of saying that I am going to make more of a commitment to Finslippy in the coming months, and along with this increased commitment, you will see an increased number of ads. I will try not to make them overly obtrusive, but I know that no matter what, some of you will find them so. It’s not possible to make everyone happy. And the bottom line is, there’s nothing better than getting paid to do something you love.

I hope my ads don’t make you too grumpy. But then, if your grumpiness is all I have to suffer in order to keep basic cable, then I’ll have to live with it.

Reader Comments (92)

go for it. people who make web sites that feature those ads can make thousands a month. that is, if your create a targeted site or whatever. i guess it is a tad evil and web spam and all that... everyone else is doing it and it seems like free money. you could become a full on SEO.the company i work for makes like 10,000,000 a month doing it. 7 zeros.... a month...

put in ads! but dont stop blogging!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterminnie
I say do it. No one should begrudge someone the chance to make some money doing something they love. And those of us who love this blog will of course keep reading.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterleigh
Do what you gotta do. NY is an expensive place, and escaping that cost of living (which began to infringe on our ability to take advantage of living there) was a major reason behind our move out here to CO.

And hey - I play the harp, and there's nothing Victorian about me!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I say, whatever you have to do to stay home with the lovely boy & NEVER have to set foot in an office setting again, then do it.

I am also home with lovely little boys (ranging in age from 15 to 3 years), a would-be writer with a great education & a hope that I might use the "writing ability" for profit at some vague point, but for now, I can't imagine being anywhere but in my house. So, good for you if you can do this & earn some money somehow.

I am a sort-of lurker who commented on a March '05 entry that you may or may not have read -- I've read so many blogs I think I'm becoming blind, but there are very few out there as good as your's (yours? - yikes, which is it? Did I call myself highly educated)? If you ever publish a book I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

Back to lurking.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterTerry
Absolutely go for it. You are very talented and deserve to be compensated for your work. Where did this idea come from that nobody should make money for their work unless they hate it?

And anyway, I personally really need a wife, so thanks for stepping into the breach. If only we could get a soundtrack of Julie playing the harp in the background, my life would be complete.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLizRM
Hey, I like editing. But I'm also the sort of person who enjoys folding towels. And now I feel even more anal than usual, having admitted these things....
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMir
i will not be grumpy over ads. rather, i applaud ads. horrah for ads. i hope you make gobs and freakin' gobs of money on ads. far less deserving or interesting people have dones so.

i like folding towels too, mir. folding towels is very rewarding.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterhonestyrain
You are so thoughtful to your audience. Thank you. Anyone who reads your site can feel what a kind woman you are. If you have an opportunity to make extra cash, then by all means, do it. I think there are so many ways to do advertising. There are so many successful websites that make loads of cash. I think you have already answered your question (if it was a question), by saying that you will try and make your web ads as unobtrusive as you can. I think the personal weblog is turning a corner and now is covering new frontiers. You, with your ads, are learning for the rest of us. Good luck. I hope I made sense. We do web ads on Dave's website and have learned a lot. Please let me know if you need any input. All my best.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterCrazyUs
Alright, I've considered it. Do it.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterHollyRhea
YAY!!! As I emailed to Dooce, I"m ALL FOR this whole, "making money off your blog" deal. I think its awesome. And the ads don't bother me one bit. And even if they did - I say, anything that a person can do to make money and be happy, they should do. If putting 5 zillion obnoxious ads on the site would allow you to stay home, then I really don't even see a question. Of course thats what you should do.I gotta figure out how to get me some of these ads. I have AdSense now, but suspect it doesn't pay big bucks.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Rock on!

I think its amazing that you can do something that allows you to not only be happy but also to help your family.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commentercapello
Put the ads on -- we love it anyway. Then, if you have to, charge for entrance. And if that doesn't do the trick, we'll all dance for you (basic cable will be meaningless by comparison).
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMitch
Hey, if it would keep you blogging, I'd even READ those ads!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermagicdrgn
I truly hope this works for you!! Best of luck!!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered Commenteramanda
Go for it. PRIORITIZE PROJECTS THAT PAY! PRIORITIZE PROJECTS THAT PAY!

A line of witty, cute baby/toddler onesies and tees would be cool, too.

You know, it's funny--when I was reading the first paragraph, right before you got to the part about the harp-playing, I thought what a great Victorian wife you'd make!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda
I've read this blog and lurked for a long time, and I think you should keep on blogging. You are extremely witty and fun to read. I wouldn't mind some ads if it meant that you could put food on your table and clothe your Henry. Also, some cafe press action might be good too. Good luck and thanks for blogging all this time.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMeganann
If people don't like your ads then they ought to read your blog in an aggregator and be done with it. I, on the other hand, will happily CLICK your ads to help you out. It doesn't take more than a second and it's no skin off my back to do so.

Happy advertising. Good luck. Offices stink.

November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
You do what you have to do, if anyone gets pissy about it? Then they obviously have some issues to work out on their own. How hard is it to ignore a few ads? How hard is it to even click on a few for ya?
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJuJuBee
Why all the hate about ads? I wonder. No big thing, put 'em up there!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBusy Mom
My take on it: The commercials on TV bother me a heck of a lot more than ads here would..and TV isn't half so entertaining.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterContrary
I don't care if you have ads. I love your writing and will gladly put up with ads if you keep blogging.

And why haven't you written a book yet? Huh?
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDM
other people can suck it. bring the ads on. i support heather as well.

don't make me get all granny panty on your ass.

xo

and beth, from CrazyUs is soooo nice. i kissss you.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterjenB
Don't you dare quit! Ever! I will duct tape you to your keyboard if I have to!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEulallia
Another usual lurker here. I was so scared I was going to get to the end of your post and you'd say, "...so I'm going back to work and giving up the blog." So when I read about the ads, I was relieved -- nay, overjoyed. Bring them on, I say! Anything to keep you sharing your writing with us.
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Go for it!
November 5, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMabel

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