My niece told me that a friend of hers had started following my blog because he enjoyed the funny stories. Then one day after reading a promotional blog post of mine he asked her why I was talking about that particular brand. “Because she makes money,” she told him. When he was a bit skeptical she added, “Well enough to take her family to Disney World!” The next thing she knew he started his own blog!
Have you ever wondered why your favorite blogs occasionally talk about and promote brands? People blog for many reasons, but I did begin my blog with the hope that it would turn into a business. When I married my husband, he took me on the ultimate honeymoon to the Poconos for four days and then to Orlando for four days. I thought we shared the dream of traveling and doing fun things, but the longer we were married the less he wanted to spend money on such things. I found myself at home, homeschooling five (four at the time) children, but never being able to go anywhere that cost money. My husband just didn’t value those experiences the way I did.
So when my husband encouraged me on this blogging adventure, it was with the understanding that income from this avenue would be our travel/vacation/entertainment budget, whereas before it was just a big zero in the budget book. It’s not that he works for his money, and I work for my money, and I spend mine on whatever I want. I haven’t ever spent any money without my husband’s consent. I believe this added income is a gift from God. Through blogging I have been able to realize some of my dreams of traveling and doing fun things with the kids. Should I ever make enough to have extra, I would love to fix up my home. That’s another area that my husband doesn’t value spending money. We’ve lived here over six years. People come to visit and ask if we’ve just moved in because my walls are blank, and I don’t have curtains and such. I am okay with that, but should I have the opportunity to decorate I would love it!
I am thankful for every brand campaign that I am able to work on. I enjoy telling you about some of my favorite products and trying lots of new ones! It is because of these opportunities that I work very hard at daily sharing my life and laughs with you. I hope this helps explain to those of you who have wondered why I talk about brands. Thank you so much for reading LaughWithUsBlog!