Ok, so today I’m here to set the record straight…
Since launching The Nude Blogger on Instagram back in October 2016, I’ve not made one dollar off of my blog…and yes, I want to change that!
Quite frankly, I am sick of struggling financially. Yes, I refuse to get a full-time job because I would much rather put quality time into my blog, and so I have sacrificed a little, but I am tired of resisting money in my life for my own personal time and efforts. I have decided that 2018 will be the year in which I accept money back into my life, form a healthy relationship with it, without guilt or shame. Heading in this direction, I feel it is important to be open, honest and transparent about it with you all, as I am so humbled by all of your support thus far and will continue to be so.
My blog has never been about my personal life. I am separate from The Nude Blogger, and so I mainly share that which I feel is relevant to what The Nude Blogger represents as a whole; that which flows through me as a beacon of consciousness.
I have been very careful to draw the line between my personal life and my blog. I try my very best not to blur them too much. Of course there is a crossover at times (this topic being just that), but sometimes we need context to grasp an understanding. I do not identify as ‘The Nude Blogger’…this is my blog. That is why I chose to remain anonymous for so long (until shit hit the fan with Instagram!). It is an extension of me. My platform…and one through which I may be able to inspire a different way of thinking to encourage diversity, acceptance, empowerment, liberation and respect.
My blog has been birthed through a higher calling, a sense of purpose. It is one of my ways to help raise the collective consciousness of this planet.
In essence, The Nude Blogger embodies conscious living…in a multitude of aspects. Whilst it has gained notoriety for nudity and a nudist lifestyle, the message is much deeper than what many see on the surface. The intention behind it all is helping to plant seeds and birth a new earth, a new consciousness. To realign with love. To rediscover our truth.
The truth of the matter?
Til this day, I have not received a dollar for my blog.
Yes, I’ve received some cool freebies and am very grateful (because I couldn’t afford them otherwise!), but let’s face it, they don’t pay the bills or put a roof over my head. So, no, I do not live some luxurious life through my blog, as some may assume.
The reality is that I work a part-time job in retail, merely, to put a roof over my head and pay the bills (which it is barely doing!). I live a simple life, but one which I try to make the most of. One in which I acknowledge the ever-present and infinite abundance, and one in which I continue to face many challenges…just like everybody else. If I could do this for free and still, somehow, be comfortable, I would!! But folks, that just ain’t realistic. I, too, still exist in this third dimension as a human being who needs to pay bills and co-exist in the matrix! I mean, I do try to rebel as much as possible, but I still have to play by some rules *sighs*.
The personal part…
I struggle financially every week; living pay check to four days before pay check most of the time, just getting by. When something like car registration comes up, when a chunk of money is required…I’m basically f**ked. It absolutely throws a spanner in the works for me (if only those damn freebies could pay my bills!). I am not disclosing this for sympathy, I would rather not disclose this at all actually, but I feel it is necessary to give context…and it is the fact of the matter after all!
Truthfully, I would like to be financially comfortable…just like you.
For me, it is time to take action and become proactive. In order for me to be able to sustain this blog, I have accepted that I need to monetise it, and should not feel ashamed about this whatsoever. So long as I know my intentions are authentic to a higher purpose, then I have absolutely nothing to hide or be ashamed about.
The Nude Blogger:
I started The Nude Blogger on Instagram back on 2 October 2016…I then launched my website for the blog on 27 June 2017…
So whilst it is still somewhat in it’s infancy, It has been a journey…to say the least. It has grown far beyond any expectations I may have had, and my reach has spread beyond what I imagined. My platform has become just that, a platform…what I had hoped it would be all along.
As time has gone on, I have realised just how much time and energy is needed to sustain a blog!
A blog where you’re churning out content that is thought-out and genuine is so damn time-consuming. It really does require full-time dedication! As much as you may think that content magically materialises, it can take me days to write one article! That’s the truth of the matter. As well as the time I invest into my blog, there are also costs involved with maintaining my website.
The fact that I WORK on my blog does indeed make it a job, but one that I LOVE! And one that I hope to be able to make a living from so that I am able to re-invest into it full-time. The time I spend working my other part-time job is 20-26 hours a week I could invest into my blog!! Honestly, I would much rather that too.
Along with all of the gratitude I receive from many of you for my work (which makes this all so worth it), my time and work is worthy of the potential to be making an earning and a living from it all. I currently work on my blog for free, spending at least 20 hours a week working away at it, and I’ve been happy to do so, but I will not continue to run myself into the ground or sell myself short. So at this stage of my life, it needs to be one or the other…and I’m not a half-assed sort of girl. Obviously, I choose my blog, and I want to give it my all.
I have realised that I have played down my blog when people ask me what I do, a lot of the time, not even mentioning that I work on a blog. Merely disclosing that I work part-time in retail. So whilst I invest more time and effort into my blog than in my own part-time job, it is the lack of monetary exchange that made me think that people would not take it seriously when asking what I do.
The wake up call:
Going back a few weeks now, a conversation with a local man at the café I frequent sparked this fire in me. A big believer in synchronicity and universal guidance, this conversation gave me just the nudge and motivation I needed and is a big reason as to why I am writing this right now (funnily enough, he is sitting in the café right now as I write this, and I just let him know that I am writing about our conversation from a few weeks back! He had no idea…see? We never know just who we impact in our day-to-day conversations!).
I was hard at work on my blog when he asked me what I was doing. I sheepishly mentioned that I was doing some writing (it was actually for the ‘my skinny girl complex’ articles at the time). He said, “for a blog?” and I replied, “yes”. “So you’re working?” he retorted. I ummed and ahhed about it, and he insisted, “You’re working! Man, a blog is hard work! Coming up with content is work!”
Working on a blog is exactly that…work!
Our conversation went even deeper as we talked about a lack of monetary exchange somehow discrediting your efforts as ‘work’, when in fact that shouldn’t be the case. It is merely a mindset. From a kitchen-hand earning under minimum wage to a now web developer earning decent money he, too, had previously struggled with this guilt in accepting money for his own work. He, too, had previously struggled with the concept of charging people money for his own time and energy. Coming to accept that money is a part of our reality, I suppose I was afraid that this acceptance meant that, maybe, somehow I was being greedy. This situation and my tainted view of money sadly made me question myself.
Since starting The Nude Blogger, I’ve been approached by various companies for collaboration. I’ve turned away many offers because they just do not align with my blog and what I represent.
I have always insisted that anything that I accept or anyone I choose to collaborate with must align with what my blog embodies and also be in alignment with myself as an individual.
A few months back, I accepted to do my first sponsored post for an awesome company that is in alignment with what I discuss in the taboo section of my blog. When doing a sponsored post on Instagram, you must disclose that it is a sponsored post, and so I did exactly that.
Whoa! The backlash I unexpectedly received from people who I thought supported my page was unjustified. Words like ‘sellout’ started coming up…something I never even thought of when entering into the collaboration because I would never represent something that is not authentic to me and my blog. I was honestly taken aback. I was not expecting people to question the authenticity of my blog or my motives for starting it. I became very self-conscious about this and never followed the company up for payment.
The criticism also stuck with me for a while there.
I mean, I certainly did not want my followers to think that I was a sellout.
This situation only contributed to my complex about accepting any money for my blog, and has definitely played a significant role in prolonging the decision to pursue the potential of monetising my blog.
…to be continued…
The Nude Blogger