I had a serious epiphany last night. Serious. Hardcore. Life-changing.
You see, I realized how important it is to communicate with you guys about keeping Crunchy Betty on track. First of all, I have SO many cool things waiting in the wings to post.
- This weekend, I’m attending my first community swap. I’m going to share my experience with y’all, but I also made too much facial oil and mocha-frappuccino facial mask, so I want to give them away to one of you guys.
- We’re also starting new occasional feature: Crunchy Challenges. Challenges to sneak crunchiness into your life easily and with a whole bunch of other people (so we can compare notes). The first one has to do with raw honey, so make sure you have some.
- We’re going to learn all kinds of things about essential oils and how to use them.
- And I have, like, a gazillion posts waiting to be written about things like how to I got rid of my blackheads, a recipe for the toilet cleaner I use, how to get rid of dandruff naturally, how to treat age spots, etc. Etc. Etc. The list is seriously five notebook pages long.
Not to mention, I’m diligently working on the first Crunchy Betty ebook every day (which is titled Food on Your Face for Acne and will hopefully be released within two months at a tentative price point of $7.95).
And about half a dozen other things I am dying to do with you all.
So. The excitement level is so high around here. SO high. You guys have made this – I swear to you – the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Ever.
Where Am I Going With All of This?
When I started Crunchy Betty, it was with two intentions in mind: To become more crunchy and document it … and to be able to live off of it.
I started Crunchy Betty as a way to stop being a part of the daily grind of job that I didn’t even remotely enjoy. Good news is: I LOVE DOING WHAT I’M DOING.
The bad news is, I’m still not making any money.
And there’s a reason for this:
Crunchy Betty has had SEVERAL invitations to join prestigious ad networks, all of which I’ve turned down. All. Of. Which. I’ve. Turned. Down.
(We’re talking thousands of dollars a month that I’m just watching go away.)
Crunchy Betty is different than a vast majority of blogs (who are able to run ads), because I talk about things that fly in the face of corporate ideals, because nearly every product on the mainstream grocery store shelves have ingredients that I don’t want to encourage, and because the spirit of Crunchy Betty is homegrown goodness.
Thus, I have turned down ad networks.
The reasons for this are threefold:
- I don’t want to support businesses that I don’t believe in, and an ad network would, without exception, deliver those here.
- The last thing I want to do is turn Crunchy Betty into a commercial; that’s the opposite of what we’re here for.
- I’m afraid YOU would be completely put off if I ran a major ad network on the site, because it would be fairly hypocritical.
But do you see my quandary?
If I don’t run an ad network, my income is nearly wholly dependent on the support of my readers. I actually want it to be that way. I want you to tell me that you support what I’m doing, you support what you’ve gotten from this blog, you appreciate the value in everything we’re learning here … I want you to tell me that it’s WORTH IT for you that Crunchy Betty exists in its current incarnation.
(By the way, I’m NOT talking about ads from businesses who use WHOLLY ethical business practices and nourishing ingredients here. So if you’re one of those, I would love to talk to you. Read more about advertising on and supporting Crunchy Betty here.)
My Question to You
Before I ask the question, I want to say one last thing.
My epiphany was this: Everything I’m doing here is FOR YOU first. I don’t know when or where this happened, but it’s absolutely true. Whenever I do ANYTHING, whenever a company asks me to review a product (ps, I make $0 for doing a review/giveaway), whenever I write, it’s with YOU in mind first.
What would you get out of it? How will it help you? Will you be enriched by it, or engulfed in more marketing mayhem?
Everything I do, I do it for you. (Please don’t sue me Bryan Adams.) It’s true.
So given that I’m doing all of this for you and you never really asked for it, I thought, you know, maybe you’d like it if I actually had a conversation with you about this.
Please tell me which you would prefer.
That being said, I’ve decided that – if you want to donate – I’m going to set up three support levels.
- At the $15 support level, you’ll receive the first ebook I publish free and one week before it’s available to the public automatically.
- At the $30 support level, you’ll receive my first two ebooks free and one week before it’s available to the public automatically.
- And if you donate $50 or more, you’ll receive the first two ebooks PLUS a one-on-one 30-minute Skype voice consultation with me where you can ask me anything you’d like about making your own products to suit your skin type, being more crunchy around the house, or anything else you’d like some direction on.
If you just LOVE Crunchy Betty (as evidenced by the outpouring of comments and emails I get telling me this whole adventure has changed your life for the better) and want to offer $5 or $10, that is so incredibly appreciated, too.
If the results of the poll are such that you overwhelmingly would prefer I put up an ad network, I will consider it. Because, after all, this is for you, too.
And I’ll still continue to pursue ways to support Crunchy Betty monetarily otherwise – with your best interest in mind first and always.
Lastly, I just want to reiterate that if you’re willing to support Crunchy Betty, Crunchy Betty will be better able to support YOU (by actually being able to afford to buy all the ingredients it takes to experiment with and create new awesome recipes). You want me to do well. Trust me. When I’m doing well, I’m wildly generous.
If you have any other ideas on how you’d like to financially support Crunchy Betty, please let me know here in the comments. I’m open to anything – EXCEPT: I do not want to make and sell products.
I’ve learned my lesson over the last two scrubs I’ve sold. It’s not a passion of mine, to mass prepare and sell things. I love to write, I love to find exciting ways to be crunchy, and I love to support businesses who are doing awesome things for US and the world. But I don’t love to buy pounds upon pounds of ingredients, prepare them, package them, and ship them.
(You know how you learn what you want in life? You start by finding the things you don’t want.)
Thank you all SO much for your support – be it financially, emotionally, or through your incredible participation in this journey back to real and good that we’re ALL taking together.
I want to end with a thought from a reader who emailed me a couple of weeks ago. She said,
I just feel like you have literally changed all sorts of things in my life for the better and you deserve to be compensated for all that value that you provide to us, your Dear Readers.
I’m not trying to just be flattering either. I really mean it. You are doing the work, experimenting, buying all sorts of ingredients, and carefully detailing your adventures in a fun appealing way. You are what got me started on this whole thing. I can’t help but think of the financial aspects of everything.
She went on to make me realize that Crunchy Betty is like a magazine – your favorite magazine – only you get it almost EVERY SINGLE WEEKDAY. And what would you pay to subscribe to a monthly specialty magazine? Especially one that’s not full of ads?
Or should it be full of ads?