I have exciting news! I've decided to start a sponsorship program here on this little blog. Starting immediately, I'll be looking to partner with cool sewing and retro-influenced businesses. So, dear readers, I wanted to take a moment to explain my vision for this program to you.
First of all, making money off this blog has never been (and never will be) my impetus for writing it. In that spirit, I've focused solely on content and eschewed things like AdSense and text ads that bring in a little dough, but clutter up the look of a blog (in my opinion). However, I've started to admire blogs that have highly selective sponsorship programs. I've ended up discovering awesome Etsy sellers and lovely websites through these programs. So I'll be using this model to connect with unique vendors that cater to our collective interests: retro sewing, vintage patterns, fashion, beauty, and of course . . . shoes! The way I see it, if a potential sponsor is someone that I would have written about in the course of a post anyway, then it's a good match that will support the content of the blog.
I am beyond thrilled to be at the point where I can consider this sort of move. This blog has grown quite a bit . . . more than I ever imagined when I started it. I now average around 1,100 unique visitors a day - 14,500 in the last month! Thank you all so much for your support.
And, obviously, I won't pretend that this isn't a money-making proposition. A little extra cash for my Bernina fund won't be unwelcome. But I'm lucky to have a wonderful job that negates the need to make a living off of blogging. So if this new endeavor doesn't work out for whatever reason, it will be no big deal for me to discontinue it.
To make a long story short, the Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing sponsorship program is now open for business! If you're interested in participating, please e-mail me at gertie [at] blogforbettersewing [dot] com for details and rates.