Yesterday I was talking with my dad, and this blog happened to come up. He suggested putting banner ads on the side so I could make a little money off it, and I firmly said no. I do not want this to come off as some form of moral superiority, there's nothing wrong with people monetizing their blogs as they see fit. However, I don't feel banner ads are the way to do so with this blog in particular.
I've done posts about not spending money, posts criticizing certain businesses, and posts celebrating others. The thing about banner ads is that I have no control over them, and what they advertise to my readers. If I promote a product or company, you can trust that it's my honest opinion. I have full control of what is and isn't said about things. Banner ads, despite just being annoying, take this power from me.
In the future, if I ever do sponsored content, I will still have control over exactly what is said. I'm not expecting anyone to ever want to pay me for this, and I want to be clear that no one does now.
My point is that this blog is 100% honest. Everything that is and isn't on the page was hand chosen by me, dictated by my preferences, and respect for my readers. Whatever happens in the future, those principles will not change.
I want to say thank you to my readers. Thank you for reading my content, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it. I look forward to seeing you all again next post :)