First off let me say that we write this blog because we enjoy it. We love sharing the cool places we’ve been with friends and family and blogging is an easy way to do that (shout out to Allison’s Grandma Martha who gets a printed copy of all the posts and shares them with her friends!). We also love writing about how we do it in case anyone else decides to follow a similar path. We’ve heard so many dreams from people looking to change up their life in one way or another and it’s inspiring to share our experiences with them and exchange notes.
That all said, in case you didn’t know, we make (some tiny amount of) money from this blog through affiliate links. Any time we link to something on Amazon (like our wishlist 🙂 ), we make it a special “affiliate link.” If someone clicks the link and goes to Amazon.com, if they end up buying anything from Amazon in the next 24 hours or so (it doesn’t necessarily need to be the item we linked to), Amazon will pay us a commission on that sale as a thank you for sending a customer to Amazon.com. The nice thing about using Amazon is that they have almost anything so we don’t need to feel obligated to push particular products (and if we love something that isn’t on Amazon, don’t worry, we still write about it and give a link to where to buy it).
You’ve probably also noticed the ads at the bottom of every page (unless you run a decent ad blocker). Those ads are added by wordpress.com in exchange for hosting the blog for free. Sorry we make you sponsor us that way. 😦
What we’ve learned is that blogging doesn’t pay. Or more precisely, we’d have to work way harder (and probably start a youtube channel) to earn much real money. We got to the end of the year and were doing some boring tax stuff and found out how much the blog made this year. We earned $250 from Amazon referrals, but paid $40/year for “therecklesschoice.com” and “recklesschoice.com” (people we meet at breweries who have had a few beers often forget the “the” in the name 🙂 ) and then another $50/year for a business gmail account for [email protected] That works out to about $2.30 after expenses per post. On average I’d guess we spend about an hour and a half per post once you add up all of the photo editing and proofreading each other’s posts. So about $1.50/hour.
We’ve heard from other bloggers that do a much better job of marketing themselves that they can make some decent money, but the work involved doesn’t seem worth it to us. It would feel like a job then and not just our travel log. So we’ll keep doing what we do and hoping to break even in the costs each year if you keep reading along and letting us know what you think. 🙂