Photo by Brian T. Murphy
I am a 35 year old Mom of two kids in Birmingham, Alabama who uses naptime to work from home (as an accountant) and blog on two sites. I never liked writing in school, but my Mom made me do it anyway (that’s right – I’m a product of homeschooling, and am totally inflicting the same on my kids), and it paid off when sometime in 2008, I found that I had an unquenchable passion – nay, obsession – with attempting to entertain via blogging.
I write about mostly useless but hopefully entertaining things, but every now and then write about real stuff – and maybe could even be described as “helpful” once in a blue moon. At times I sit alone and dwell in angst about the shallowness of my blog, but most of the time, it’s a welcome lightness to my life. In fact, my butt is much more well-known than me, thanks to my most popular post series.
My favorite part of blogging is the relationships I’ve built. I have so many rich friendships with people – both with those I’ve met in real life and with those who are still figments of my internet connection – via blogging. So please say hi, introduce yourself, tell me where I can find you, and I’d love to get to know you!
I also run Picture Birmingham, a site where I sell my photographs of Birmingham, the south, and beyond in order to give 100% of the profits to The WellHouse, a ministry that rescues victims of human trafficking both locally and nationally.
In summary, I love my husband obsessively, love my kids a ton, and especially love my God. Hopefully all of this comes across in my writing, in some way or another.
Photo by Brian T. Murphy
If you still want to know more, here’s my 100 Random Things About Me post.
I offer reviews / giveaways to my readers approximately once a month. I am very discerning about the products I will review and give away, as I want to ensure that it offers relevant information to my reader demographics.
I offer sidebar advertisements and occasional post footer advertisements. I never offer advertorial guest blog posts or in-post links.
Grasping for Objectivity currently has 150,000-300,000 hits per month and a loyal, interactive readership. For a media kit with site demographics, stats, and advertisement rates, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also run the site Alabama Bloggers, which is a networking site for bloggers across the state, and offer the same advertising options there.
I do make money blogging. It doesn’t come close to paying for itself (good thing I love blogging), but helps offset some of the expenses. However, I strive to only make money on things that are completely above board ethically speaking, and never accept any opportunities for ads or other revenue sources when I feel that they would be annoying to my readers or take away from the quality of my blog.
I usually receive a review product when offering a giveaway. I also occasionally participate in a sponsored giveaway, where I receive cash from a third party for offering a giveaway (i.e., BlogHer pays me to participate in an honest review and giveaway of someone else’s product). My opinions are absolutely always my own, and information regarding each giveaway will be disclosed in the footer of the post. If I do not like a product at all, I will send it back, as I see no value in posting a negative review.
Although I do not offer in-post advertisement links, if I have a product link to an Amazon product, it is through my affiliate account, which affords me a small percentage of commission for any items purchased. I only use these affiliate links if I am going to be already talking about a product anyway, and since I have always used Amazon for a large portion of my own purchases, I have been linking to Amazon products for far longer than I’ve had affiliate links. I love Amazon.
If you have any questions about my blogging practices, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.