I have some awesome sponsors, and I’m nervous to tell you about them.
I recently read a super interesting conversation, about what makes a blog “go bad”. You know, when you find a blog and you love it and it’s so good but then at some point you realize . . . wait, it’s really not the same anymore. Somewhere along the way, it lost the magic.
One of the major points of consensus seemed to be that a blog begins to go downhill when the blogger accepts advertising, or starts doing sponsored posts. And that . . . is something I wrestle with.
I have decided to accept sponsors here on BA. My hope is that my obvious commitment to ethics and integrity is enough to assure my readers that I would never sell my soul for a buck. Or a free tub of margarine. I hope that I’ve made it clear that I’m willing to be critical of a product or a company, even when it was gifted to me. I will give my honest opinion, always.
The thing is, I am incredibly selective when choosing which sponsors to accept and which products to review. I get emails daily, multiple emails, offering me free samples. I take maybe . . . 3%? Mostly because I don’t ever want this blog to become review after review after review. That’s just not what I’m doing here. But on the other hand, there ARE some really great products out there, and I am grateful that I can partner with a company I support, and share products I genuinely enjoy (and think you’ll enjoy, too).
So that’s where I’m at with all this ad stuff, all this monetization stuff. I’m just not very good at it, and it makes me uncomfortable, and I worry about how it will all be perceived. My integrity is everything to me – anyone who knows me in real life will tell you that – and I’ve spent waaaaay too much time thinking about all of this already.
For now I’m keeping the ads, and I’m even going to stop and tell you about some of my sponsors from time to time. Because they’re rad.
Shango Los is a looooongtime Bonzai reader, maybe one of the oldest readers who’s still around! He was even a huge part of Monday Monthly Mission #13 – Spreading the Love – with his IlluminationPositive project. Shango’s a pretty inspirational guy, and over the years we’ve become online friends. So when I found out he had started a tee-shirt company featuring homesteading-related text, I was like “DUH YES PLEASE!” And the rest, as they say, is history.
Shango is awesome and I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of support in a small business venture. Lucky for us, his designs kick booty, so giving support is pretty dang easy! I love my kombucha shirt and I wear it all the time . . . I’m actually wearing it right now! Second day in a row, should I admit that? I also love the “vegan farmer” shirt (obvi!), and I’m *totally* getting the kids “microgreen” one for Waits when he’s a bit older (starts at size 6). So yeah, check it out!
My new favorite all-in-one smoothie! Shakeology is a complete shake, with a killer combination of high-quality protein (soy-free) and vegetable and fruit extracts – plus digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics. Not all the shakes are vegan, but what I totally dig about this company is that they promote their vegan options as the healthiest and most ideal. I love that!
I’ve tried the strawberry and the chocolate and they’re both delicious – perfect for those too-busy mornings. If you’re looking for a new health shake, you can learn more at shakeology.com.
I know I wrote about the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box earlier this week, but I just wanted to share this video that Waits and I made when we got our Snack Box last month. Vegan Cuts is just such a cool company. I’ve met the owners multiple times and they’re seriously the nicest, most down to earth folks ever. I love them and I’m always happy to support them. Plus, making videos is super fun!
So there you go, a few of my favorite August sponsors! But truth be told, I love everyone over in that side bar, so I hope you’ll check them all out. Cheers!