Hey guys!

I’m dreadfully sorry I’m not writing anything until basically 10:00. I can’t even explain the level of my business. If you’ve ever graduated college with any sort of degree that involves writing, you’ll understand. I have about 80 pages left to produce this month. So that’s exciting. And terrifying. And draining. And hopefully rewarding! …Right? Right?

So I really have nothing to talk about. I’ll just ramble for a few paragraphs. I know, let’s maybe talk some business. Bloggity Business. (That turned professional real quick. Maybe I’ll ramble in the end. We’ll see. I HAVE NO PLAN FOR THIS POST.) One of my friends (and readers!), S, suggested I do a giveaway for my blog to reward you lovely people and perhaps draw some more traffic over this way.

I like the idea, though I’m still doubtful I have anything worth reading over here most days. But people love free stuff, am I right? Ergo, I think I shall be doing that in the upcoming weeks. I’m thinking maybe a Giftcard to Amazon or Target, since those are universally appealing and one of you lovely people could get whatever your heart desires.

So, does that sound fun to you guys? Let me know if you have any suggestions for this first giveaway. I want to keep it generic so that anyone who wins could benefit. As we go along and I monetize, get more traffic, and then can contact PR people, I should be able to give away more specific things and fun items.

So again, let me know your thoughts on the whole matter. And I’m sorry if you’re one of those people who think that monetizing a blog is “selling out.” I’m a writer by profession, and I write this blog. Ergo, I should try to make a few cents out of this lovely venture. I really do appreciate you all reading and commenting and sharing. I have no plans to monetize immediately, as I don’t quite have as strong a following as I’d like. Not to say that I don’t love each and every one of you! I do! I also don’t know who most of you are, since the only people who comment (for the most part) are people who know me very well in “real life.” (Hint, hint.) But since there isn’t a communal feeling yet, I’m not going to enable Google AdSense. I just want you to be aware that this is an option for the future. Hopefully I’ll get there. If not, I’ll continue this blog forever anyways, because I love it. Even though I feel like I’m talking to myself most of the time. (Hint, hint number 2.)

Also, since we’re talking Bloggity Business, I will take this moment to reassure you that posts will be much better after graduation. As you might remember, as it’s about 4 paragraphs above, I have a lot of things on my plate right now. I forgot to blog today. And eat dinner. I don’t know who I am anymore.

Let’s ramble!

Sometimes, when I say “I don’t know who I am anymore,” I really like to think of myself as a new identity. When I was younger, I’d pick people like Spider Man, or Cinderella, or Holly Potter. Who’s Holly Potter? Why, Holly Potter is Harry Potter’s long-lost twin sister. Everyone thought she died in the Voldemort attack. But really muggles found her and raised her and she went to Hogwarts like everyone else. She’s a Gryffindor. She’s also me.

I invented her when I was 9, after I read the first book. She was a way to insert myself into the Harry Potter universe. I have no regrets. She was lovely. Ron had a crush on her. She played the piano. Good times were had by all. And by “all” I mean me. Because I was playing pretend. Always. Forever. (Forever alone.)

Anywho, I love you! Please share your thoughts on giveaways and fun prizes!

I feel like a game show host.
–Kaitlin

7 thoughts on “Hi, I Love You! Let Me Give You Free Stuff!

  1. Megan

    Monetizing a blog is not “selling out” anymore than going to work is selling out for the average person. It’s called the distinct need to eat actual food at some point in the near future. Actual food costs money. 😛 I’m sure no one would blame you if you started up AdSense. You deserve the little kick-back for all the work you do on this blog everyday.

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  2. Amber K.

    Work it girl!

    PS I love makeup (and clothes) but I feel with beauty/skin products it’s easier to experiment and order online (vs clothes where sizing can be iffy) so my vote is a beauty giveaway. :) Just sayin.

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  3. Marshy

    I completely agree, if monetizing is “selling out,” I would just like to direct the audience’s attention to the fact that, as a person who sells things? SELLING OUT IS GOOD. If you don’t sell out, you’re not doing your job. I’m still not sure how this phrase got a negative connotation; when you sell out of a thing, it’s because the public wants it or because someone who can buy you out realized you’ve got a good thing and they want to capitalize on it. Either way, what you’ve got is good and people want it. So sell the hell out, Kaity.
    I sure wouldn’t be offended if you enabled AdSense, nor would I be put off by the idea of you being able to, like, buy groceries or even pay a bill with money generated by this blog. Go for it.

    Also, I think the idea of a “I love this, now it can be yours, too!” beauty giveaway is a brilliant idea. Gift cards are awesome, but the above suggestion seems much more tailored to your readership :)

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    1. kaitlinwehlmann

      Haha thank you! I shall sell out in the near future, I’m sure. :) Concerning the giveaways, I don’t want to alienate male readers by doing ONLY beauty stuff, since this really isn’t a beauty blog. But I’ll probably alternate and/or have a “male beauty” alternative stashed away. Buahahaha.

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