This morning a reader left somewhere around 12 comments on my blog with the following content. While I know that this reader’s feelings don’t reflect the feelings of most of you, I realize that there’s a possibility that some of you have shared her concerns, and so I wanted to address them here.
I’m just going to insert my responses to this reader in between portions of her comment.
I can’t believe that you used the poor people of Haiti as a way to earn referral money from Ebates. Do you readers know that you receive $5 in your paypal account each time they sign up and make a purchase? How can they be sure the money will go to Haiti. The only promotion from ebates that I’ve heard of is just the ipad only, there’s no $500.
First, here’s how the Ebates referral program works. If I refer 50 people, I will receive either an iPad or $500. As I said before, I’m not faintly interested in getting an iPad, and so I’m going to opt for the $500 bonus, and I’ll be sending that to Living Water International. I had already planned on posting a screenshot of my Living Water donation to share the joy with all of you, so fear not…I wouldn’t be deceitful and keep the money for myself simply because I love God and want to please Him.
I do receive $5 for each person I refer, and that money is going to Living Water as well. This is not about making money for myself. If I wanted to do that, I’d have written a post about Ebates, encouraged my readers to sign up, and said nothing about Haiti. Then I could have kept the $5/per referral PLUS the $500 for myself.
Also, what you don’t know is that I wasn’t all that far away from having 50 referrals and the $500 bonus before I even did the Haiti post. Had I wanted to be selfish, I could have said nothing and pocketed the money.
Also, you may not have been around back when the earthquake happened, but when it did, I did a fundraiser here on my blog where I donated $1 to Living Water for every comment and link left on that post. I happily depleted my camera fund in order to do this, and I asked nothing of my readers. And each month, my husband and I make a donation to Living Water because we believe in their mission.
I stopped reading your blog months ago because of all the links and money making opportunities for you. This blog is supposed to be about saving money, but instead you’re encouraging readers to spend money. Every link you post is just a money making opportunity for you and your family, this entire blog is.
I do make money from my blog, that much is true. That’s not why I started blogging, though. My blog exists to serve its readers, and my desire is to inspire people and to help them see that it is possible to live cheerfully and well on less. No money-making scheme will get in the way of that as long as I’m in charge.
Because of this, I bypass scads of money-earning opportunities because I feel that they would not serve the readership of this blog (you wouldn’t believe how many debt/credit companies want to advertise here!). I advertise only products and services that I feel will provide a good and fair value to my readers, and generally speaking, these products and services are things I’ve spent my own money on. I use Swagbucks and Ebates myself, I pay Dreamhost to host my blog, I own all the products in my Amazon widgets, and so on. Frugality isn’t about not. ever. spending. any. money, and so I don’t feel at all morally conflicted about encouraging my readers to buy things like the high quality baking sheets I own and use. I only promote products that offer long-term value and of course I would never, ever encourage someone to spend money that they don’ t have.
Also, I’m very open about it when I post links that give me some kickback, and I offered disclosures of that sort long before the FTC made it mandatory.
I am very grateful for the income that I receive from my blog, but it is not the sort of thing that is making me rich, and if I sat down and figured out my hourly wage, I don’t think it would be very impressive. The extra money is nice, yes, but it’s not what keeps me going. No, what drives this blog is the feedback I receive from readers. I am so encouraged when I hear that God has used my blog to help people get their finances in order, or to help people learn to cook and bake, or even to inspire people to find joy in their present circumstances. That’s the stuff that fuels me.
Such a LOSER, you have to beg for money. Sit at home all day with a computer in front of you and beg! While the rest of the world works and makes a living! You really need it. Good luck with your 500 referrals idiot, I doubt if 500 are that dumb, I noticed only a few comments. White trash!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m off to work now, real job , real people. I’m not afraid of people like you are.
I will do this all day and night and spread the word on other sites about you as well. The Haiti post was too much for Haitian – Americans.
Based on this, I’d venture a guess that you’ve never run a blog before. I enjoy blogging, I really do, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t work. I’ve poured a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and time into this blog over the last two years, and if you’ve been following me for a while, I’m surprised that you’ve come away with the impression that I’m afraid of work. If anything, fall out of the boat on the side of working too hard. I am many things, but I am not lazy.
I don’t know if you’ve read any of my day in the life of The Frugal Girl posts, but trust me, I do more than sit in front of a computer all day. And if you’d met me in real life, you would certainly come to the conclusion that I am not afraid of people…I’m the sort of person who could strike up a conversation with a brick wall.
I’m sorry that my post upset you, and I certainly don’t mind if you stop reading my blog…it’s not for everyone, and that’s totally ok.