Just a Little Rant
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the cost sewing blogs. By cost I mean the time, effort and money to create, maintain and generate content for a sewing blog. I know a lot of sewing bloggers have tried to offset some of the monetary costs or maybe even tried to make a little money by being affiliates, getting sponsors, selling ad space etc. I generally get a bit turned off when this happens until I got my hosting renewal bill. For the past 2 years I’ve been using hosting that was at an introductory price of $48/year + the domain. I know I can do a free blog on WordPress or Blogger. For me, if I’m going to have a blog it’s going to look, feel and function the way I want.
The $291.63/year Blog
If I kept the hosting and domain exactly the same as I’ve had in the past 2 years this blog would cost me $291.63/year. Whoa! That can buy a lot of fabrics, patterns and machines. That led me to a cross road of (A) paying $291.63/year, (B) shutting down the blog or (C) looking for cheaper hosting. I definitely thought about leaving the blog world because I didn’t have much time to sew, let alone blog about it. I went with option C. My current hosting company basically told me “don’t let the door hit me on my way out” when I asked if there was a better rate I could get. The traffic on my blog is pretty low, it’s also not very content (gigabyte) heavy. It was painful and time consuming to transition hosting services during which I looked long and hard at option B. In the transition I did lose 2 blog posts but that’s not a big deal. If you’re looking for the post on my sewing room or sun protection fabric, I can send it to you in an e-mail. E-mail me at detectivehoundstooth at gee mail dot com. One day I might re-post it.
I did the math and if everyone who downloaded one of my free patterns, this does not include the free tutorials, paid 1.5 cents for the pattern that would pay for the expensive hosting. That’s all it would take. You can find 2 pennies on the ground on any day of the week. No, I am not asking for anyone’s pennies. I’m curious about what it is about the internet age and sewing blogs in particular that we expect so much for free? I’m definitely guilty of it myself. And then I think about the much debated, alleged pay gap between men and women. Yes, there are plenty of men sewing bloggers but I think they’re outnumbered by women. And I think maybe we’re selling ourselves short by offering up so much free content.
One More Year
I don’t quite know that there’s a point to this post besides a little venting on my part. Thanks for listening. Hopefully you’ll stay with me for another year.