Armchair BEA ~ Beyond Your Blog ~ Day 3

Hello again Armchair BEA bloggers! Welcome!
Here are the posts for the event that I’ve created this week:
Today’s prompt is how has owning your blog helped you get other opportunities besides free books. Do you write/freelance elsewhere? etc…
Nope, I don’t monetize, I don’t offer advertising for a fee, I do not provide any fee-based promotional services, and I try not to participate in blog tours that are not big bonafide publicity companies (I stick with those who pay taxes and file for tax id #s etc). There are tax implications to receiving any sort of compensation in affiliation with a blog, and I would really like to not get on the IRS radar; this is another reason I have decided to not become a Mommy Blogger/Product Reviewer. (You are supposed to report income received on your tax return and I am not even going to attempt to distinguish tax laws between products, their value and money). I do have an Amazon store, but no one uses it. It’s there for show to list cool books, and I don’t link to Amazon within reviews with the ‘special’ link etc.
So, how about freelancing? I do indeed want to become a writer someday, and blogging has helped me see how my writing has developed over the past three-four years. I do have the opportunity to write as a Dallas Literature Examiner, but I haven’t really done anything much with that. Their publishing tool is hogwash and there are so many nitty-gritty rules for posting articles on Examiner that I would rather not waste my time.
As a result of reviewing books, I have become a member of the Historical Novel Society and I have been reviewing for them since last fall. I also have the opportunity to review for the brand new Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers group, but that would require learning WordPress and I am not too keen on that endeavor yet. Oh yeah, I forgot I did do a sweet little article as well for the HNS, in which I try to get history lovers to try Christian historical fiction.
So as you can see, I see the blog as a hobby. I already work full-time, have two kiddos, and a cat. There’s only so much time in the day, and going beyond the blog anymore than what I’ve mentioned above would only be if I was writing a book. Which I would like to do.
I have loved meeting so many new bloggers, and wanted to share my other social links so we can stay connected:
Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads
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14 responses to “Armchair BEA ~ Beyond Your Blog ~ Day 3

  1. It's a hobby for me too. I will take opportunities to review books elsewhere, but I'm not really interested in making money. I'm not sure I want to work that hard!My BEA Post

  2. I hadn't heard of The Historical Novel Society. As a fan of Historical Fiction, I must check this out. I hope you are enjoying Armchair BEA.

  3. I've stopped doing fee-based promotional services fairly recently. I'm in the process of finishing up on some I had previously signed up for, but once I'm done with those…no more! I do take part in some that volunteer and, like you, ones on a bigger scale. But the small ones tend to be so disorganized.I do use Amazon links. Mostly because it's easier for me. (Plus they send the tax info to you) But I've been using it for years and JUST earned enough to be redeemed.

  4. Best of luck on your writing endeavors. I blog for the fun of it as well.

  5. Good point on the taxes. I also do my blog as a hobby and a networking opportunity. I'm not an official book blogger per se since I obtain all my own books myself/ purchase or library, and any giveaways are items I've procured myself. So I'm not really riding that wave either.Still, you've found your niche with historical novels, and that's probably the best angle to take – support what you love and have a good time with it!

  6. WordPress isn't much different. I bet you could do it!

  7. Very good post, it's very interesting to see what makes you tick. I really want to read more historical novels. Perhaps you could suggest some to me?New to your blog!Stephanie @ Stepping Out of the Page

  8. Yeah, blogging is the best hobby I've ever had! And I love it! Every day more 🙂 Enjoy aBEA! Hope to see you at the twitter party!! 🙂

  9. So true about there only being so much time in the day, and kids certainly keep us parents busy! 🙂 I moved from blogspot to wordpress, and even though there were a few things I had to figure out (like how to find plug-ins, etc.), once I got past that I have found it to be much more flexible and user friendly than blogspot. So I'm sure if you do decide to participate in the other group you'll do just fine!

  10. Hi, yeah I don't monetize either and it is really a hobby for me too. 🙂

  11. I think it's safe to say many of us feel as you do. 🙂

  12. Reviewing for the Historical Novel Society sounds like it could be very interesting. Sorry to hear the Examiner has so many hoops to jump through that it doesn't make any sense to do.And I had no idea until today when I got an email that there was such a thing as fee-based promotions. I don't personally choose to earn money from my blog. It would have to be so incredibly lucrative that it would tip the balance from feeling like I'm being bought and sold to legitimately earning an income for my efforts. I like having the complete control over my blog, as it is a hobby even if it feels like a full-time job.And thanks for sharing the info about the IRS. I don't think many people who get money for Amazon Affiliate links, blog ads, etc. even think about reporting them on their taxes. Hopefully you've raised a little awareness on that.I hope you are enjoying this year's ABEA experience. Happy reading!

  13. Reviewing for the Historical Novel Society sounds like it could be very interesting. Sorry to hear the Examiner has so many hoops to jump through that it doesn't make any sense to do.And I had no idea until today when I got an email that there was such a thing as fee-based promotions. I don't personally choose to earn money from my blog. It would have to be so incredibly lucrative that it would tip the balance from feeling like I'm being bought and sold to legitimately earning an income for my efforts. I like having the complete control over my blog, as it is a hobby even if it feels like a full-time job.And thanks for sharing the info about the IRS. I don't think many people who get money for Amazon Affiliate links, blog ads, etc. even think about reporting them on their taxes. Hopefully you've raised a little awareness on that.I hope you are enjoying this year's ABEA experience. Happy reading!

  14. That's really cool that you review for HNS. I've been debating joining…

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