Sorry! This post actually has NOTHING TO DO with The Hunger Games...
BUT now that I've got your attention....
With a brand-spanking new month upon us, we are welcoming our new sponsors and/or sponsoring a new blog... or maybe we're trying to fill those last few open spots. Regardless, sponsoring is probably on all of our minds.
I wish I could afford to sponsor a hundred blogs... seriously.
And it's not only to ''get my name out there'' or to ''advertise my brand.''
Even though, technically speaking, that is the reasoning behind sponsoring or choosing to advertsie on a particular blog... it's not the real reason I do it.
There are tons of informational posts out there about what to look for when sponsoring a blog. How to get the most bang for your buck, etc. The truth is, I don't have a shop or a business that needs exposure to grow. I blog for fun, as a hobby. I'm not selling anything. I live in a small town and it's a fun little thing I do just for me. I advertise ''me.'' That's it.
So why do I sponsor? Why do I fork over my hard earned money, you ask?
I sponsor to support.
I don't really care if you have 200 followers or 2000... if I like you, believe in you and want to make sure you know I appreciate you... then you got me! Unfortunately, though... I don't own a money tree and I haven't won the lottery lately, so I can't support as many bloggers as I wish I could.
I try to spread the love, and support new blogs when I can. I know the $10, $15 or $20 I pay to purchase an ad either goes towards them being able to purchase their own ads on bigger blogs for more exposure... or maybe it helps with their bills? I honestly don't care what they do with the money. Blogging is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be. It takes a lot of work. So whether you're a little blogger, or big blogger, chances are you've put a bit of yourself (blood, sweat & tears) into your blog and that's good enough for me!
I try to return the favor by offering reasonably priced sponsor options for anyone interested in hanging out here too. I recently hired a virtual assitant that helps me promote my sponsors the way I've always wished I could. I cannot thank my sponsors enough for taking a chance by supporting ME, so I'll do whatever I can to support YOU.
This post kinda just popped into my head today while I was thinking about who to sponsor this month... with a new name change just around the corner, and all!! ;)
I'm curious about how you choose who to sponsor. Is it a numbers game, is it an emotional decision? Do you stick with the same blogs all the time, switch it up? Have you had an amazing positive experience? What made it so great? If you had a bad one... what could have been done differently to make your sponsor experience better?