Just talking about an email offer to become an aflilate for a particular subscription. I had always wanted to earn some kopi money from blogging if possible
I had really want to try my hand on it. Especially after some correspondences with the Marketing Manager, the product seems decent enough, and perhaps even of quality. The analysis are sharp and some could really be rather useful for some readers.
I was talking to a few blogger friends and after thinking over it during my holiday, decided to give it a miss. And most probably it will be a while before I attempt anything like that again.
Some reasons for letting the "opportunity" slips:
1) 自知之明（know my limits)
I know my traffic, those who visit my blogs are mostly regular, while some popular counters' analysis might attract higher traffic, I know it's a long way before I can monetize it properly .
I know the Marketing manager sent a blanket invitation to all/ more active bloggers. I am
Not sure how many will bite. But I have a sense that my readers overlapped with the more popular or established one, so why would they pay through my blog?
I always believe in everyone being responsible for themselves. I blog quite a bit about various companies, if ever, any reader followed my analysis and lost money, I will not lose a wink of sleep. Most probably those who read my blog knows better than me anyway.
However, I do appreciate the fact that whatever I wrote is truthful to my own convictions, although my convictions might change. I find it a bit hard to trade my neutrality off perhaps for just one or two case of referrals' commission.
There is advice from a renowned blogger that banner advertisement could still allow me to keep my neutrality. I was really very touched when he keep a lookout for me and kept me in the loop as he banters with the owner. I appreciated it a lot although to him, it is just asking (举手之劳）But, after sitting on it, I dun think anyone will want to put a banner with my traffic. LOL. So ... it goes back to point 1, I know my weight.
4) 初衷（why I started blogging)
Before I started blogging, I was quite inspired by AK ability to earn some "peanuts" just from writing. I though how nice it is to earn some money from writing
When I started writing, I am so happy when I do get readers. Hey, there are people interested in my blabbing.
Then I start to know a few bloggers, and the community become slightly more friendly.
As it progress, my blog become my personal diary of sorts.
Adsense was the milestone for me. It means I have enough readers to be accepted. Never mind I have not even gotten a single cent for it.
So it came full circle. I think I will continue to just write for fun, to bo Liao, to vent ...
While it's tempting to know "how much" sillyinvestor is worth, I decided to go for "priceless", there is no
Monetary value attached yet, then see "in my face" when I go all out to canvass for online income to realize it is "worthless". Ya, I scare to lose, my skin thin, bite me. LOL
It is a fun experience, and perhaps also an opportunity for me to know myself better.
All the best to the rest. I think I will earn by selling my expertise ... (give a bit of tuition)