A Few Things

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

a few things

So I'll be immersed in my writing again for the rest of the week. You're probably getting sick of me talking about my book, but I'm finally getting to the stage of light at the end of the tunnel. I even finalised the cover image with my publisher, so exciting! I wanted to leave you with one more post for the week, with a few things, and also, a question I have for anyone who reads this blog:

: : Claire from We Love Perth and co-owner of one of my favourite stores in Perth, Ruck Rover, has interviewed me for the We Love Perth Blog. She also co-wrote a pretty fabulous Perth city guide recently for Design*Sponge, which I simply adored. I sometimes get emails about where I live, and basically, her guest post with Jelena for Design*Sponge sums it all up. Read my interview here.

: : I was quite stunned to see my feminism post being blogged and re-blogged on tumblr. Some of the discussions it's started have really surprised me. I also received a record number of emails about this post from people. So I wanted to say a small thank you, in the form of virtual flowers. Also, thanks again to Yolanda Domínguez for this interview.

: : I received a lovely package in the mail from Anabela, it made my day. I've had my eye on one of her totes for a while, and I'm happy to finally have one of my own. What I particularly love about this tote is that it's quite soft, and the screen printing is done so professionally. This bag is my new favourite. Thanks so much Anabela.

: : Although I pretty much love everything Diana blogs, I have a soft spot for her post on her friends' wedding. And I'm going to use this opportunity to shamelessly suggest that if you're also a fan of her blog, then you might like to consider sponsoring it, as she recently decided to go ahead with blog sponsorship.

I completely understand her motivations for doing so. I've been contemplating the same thing. I love blogging, I think it's a real creative outlet in a world where creativity is so often limited and hampered. There have been days when my blog has pulled me out of a really bad mood and allowed me to have a voice. What can be better than that? I'm honestly not sure if my blog is ready for sponsorship, I'm still debating with myself whether it's good enough. Please note, this is not an invitation for ego-stroking, I'm not fishing for compliments, but for honesty. So my question is, do you think sponsorship is a viable step for my blog? I.e. would you ever consider advertising here? I'm seeking honest answers, so if you'd prefer to email me rather than comment here, that's cool.

There are so many things I want to do with this blog, but I am limited both time-wise and financially. It would be nice, as Diana points out in her own post, to relieve some of the daily pressures (bills, etc.) to devote more time to this blog and allow it to develop. But I'm just not sure if this blog is 'ready', so let me know what you think. Diana's blog, of course, is more than ready. She's one cool lady, so spread the love and the word. Good luck Diana!

Image credits: all images are by me, except for the last one which is by Diana and can be found here.


andrea despot said...

I loved learning more about you and your work from the interview :) That's so exciting that you have so much going on! Good luck with writing the rest of the week!

Darcy said...

I love that Sophie Calle book. I've been searching for a used/affordable copy for ages.

amy said...

oo sophie calle!

tywo said...

I wish to read your book someday.
Hila, I like your blog. It's one of the only blogs that still makes me ponder about life, and how I live. I truly think sponsorship is a good step. Your blog also introduces me to new things. Once, you posted about a ballet blog on here, and I still have the ballet blog bookmarked.
Long story short, I would advertise on your blog!
Enjoy your week :)


Anonymous said...

Hila, I am also an academic, spending a lot of time writing. I really do enjoy your blog. Sponsorship sounds like the right next move to make. Just so you know (there may be others like me as well), I tend to steer away from sites overloaded with advertising as it clutters the content of the blog and in some cases seems in conflict with the blog ethos.

Olga said...

I'm not an expert in the field of sponsorship. I know I would definitely advertise on your blog. Perhaps it's a good idea to advertise yourself - how many visitors you get in a day, what demographic you target, and what kind of advertising you accept.

hila said...

anon: I know what you mean, I tend to steer away from sites with too much advertising, or advertising that conflicts with the tone and ethos of a blog. Thanks for pointing this out. This is a big point in my consideration of blog sponsorship. If I went ahead with sponsors, they would have to be carefully selected and a small number. I've received advertising requests from companies I simply have no interest in, or wish to endorse, so I've always said no. But on the other hand, I've also received requests from small, independent businesses/designers//artists/fellow bloggers whom I admire and would love to support. I would have no problem with them being sponsors for this blog, and I don't think this would conflict with the overall ethos of my blog.

olga: yes, good point olga. I've had a look at my stats recently when thinking about this issue, and my stats are quite decent; decent enough for sponsorship. If I decide to go ahead with it, I'll make them public.

So much to think about! I never thought this would be such a tough decision - I hope I'm not making a big deal out of nothing :)

Felix Curds said...

Howdy hila! I'm no expert at sponsorship either but I think it's a smart and logical step for your blog. I'm know you won't be a massive sell out with tacky ads scattered everywhere but, instead, do something really awesome for your beautiful readers (myself included haha;) with the money you receive! -that I really look forward to:)

naomemandeflores said...

Hila, I think your blog is so ready for sponsorship! You have really interesting content and I'm sure a lot of super nice sponsors would advertise in your lovely blog in a heart beat.

Camila Faria

Tana said...

excellent pics! read your interview with pleasure:) I think you can try to advertise just to see how it will work!
have a productive weekend, my dear Hila :)

hila said...

andrea: thanks!

darcy: I think I bought mine from the book depository, and as I recall, it wasn't too expensive. Maybe they still sell it?

tywo: thanks so much for this feedback and support, it means a lot to me.

felix curds: aww, thanks :) I definitely wouldn't sell out. In fact, the idea I have for sponsorship is based in supporting fellow writers like myself ... we'll see how I go.

camila: thanks! that's a relief to hear actually :)

tana: yes, you're right, this is the most logical thing to do. Have a productive weekend too :)

Achariya Rezak said...

Hah, I'm the person that was responsible for seeing your quotation and liking it enough to post it to Tumblr. I admit that I'm a little regretful that I did now, because not only do I get notified whenever people like and reblog it (endless, endless spam), I also have to see all the extremely ridiculous comments that some people have made about it. I'm sorry that the quotation inspired controversy ... At the same time, I hope it drives traffic to your blog, and I hope that you continue to write about feminist theory. Cheers!

rooth said...

Sponsorship can be such a touchy subject. You obviously write the blog for yourself and also for your readers. If sponsorship will help you, I'm sure that your readers will understand. The posts you write will still be just as stellar

hila said...

achariya: don't worry about it, it's ok. You credited me - most people who re-blog my posts don't bother to do that. It sometimes makes me want to stop blogging when I see my words copied and pasted without credit. So you did the ethical thing.

I have to admit, there were some really strange and baffling interpretations of my article on tumblr. As in, I have no idea how anyone could interpret what I was saying to mean encouraging women to be violent? Um, right. Look, I'm used to strong opposition when it comes to my views about feminism and gender. We're used to very specific ideas about what it means to be a man, and what it means to be a woman, and when these ideas are challenged, people tend to go on the attack. It could have been worse :)

rooth: it is a touchy subject. At the end of the day though, I know that I won't ever compromise myself, so I have faith that whatever decision I make will be the right one. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

See Hear Say said...

congrats for all the well deserved interview and your posts being put out there by others! i just read your interview over at weloveperth.net.au, i love it! you're such an intelligent and creative woman, look at all of your projects :)

i'm not an expert with blog sponsorship so i guess i don't have much to say on this because i did try on my blog quite a long time ago but i guess i wasn't ready yet at that time and it didn't work to well so i stopped... i think you should definitely give it a go though!

all the best hila!

hila said...

see hear say/laura: thanks so much laura! If I'm going to be really honest, I feel like a bit of a fraud when I get asked to do such interviews. But I also appreciate being asked :)

thanks also for the advice about blog sponsorship. I afraid it'll flop with me too, but I think some things are worth trying, even if you 'fail'. You're a pal laura!

the line sheet said...

i really do enjoy your blog! as a blogger, myself i know it takes an insane amount of time!

i think it's a hard decision, adverts can really ruin a blog.

have you seen park and cube's blog? i like how her adverts are actually a blog post. she makes it clear that it's a sponser post and it's never tacky or obnoxious.

either way, you have to do what you have to do! i think it's worth it to wait until you are approached rather than just doing what miss moss is doing. i love her blog, but the placeholders that say "advertise here or here" really ruin her aesthetic and message.

good luck!

Sundari said...

I have quite a few posts of yours to catch up with. I always enjoy hearing people talk about their passion and especially when they give a little insight into their creative process and give sneak peeks. I read this post a few days ago and I thought I would think about it before responding to your question about sponsorship. I have always avoided the idea of sponsorship for my own blog (not that I even feel my blog is ready for it) but just cause it seems too difficult.

I'm always wary of blogs that have too much advertising that distracts from the original idea or design of the blog. I also don't like it when they have a big bright 'advertise here' banner. But I think you could totally pull it off. I think some interesting independent boutiques or designer would fit in with your blog, I dont know.. something that fits with your ethics and aesthetics while not creating a conflict of interest with your content. Of course I am stating the obvious here.

Perhaps start it out as a holiday test. Maybe offer advertising spots to a select few for the duration of the summer holidays and see how it goes. That way you have your options open. I'm sure you will make the right decision whatever it is you choose to do.

P.S. Have you seen the documentary made about Sophie Calle?

hila said...

the line sheet: hmm, I'm not sure I agree with you about Diana's move - I don't think it ruins her aesthetic or message. But I do realise these things are based on personal opinion. Ads can definitely ruin a blog if they're not done properly or conflict with its ethos. This is not something I would allow to happen on my blog. For example, I could never endorse a company I ethically disagree with, etc. But thanks, you've given me a lot to think about, and I really do appreciate your honesty.

sundari: yes, it does seem quite difficult, and my time is already limited. But there's that other niggling side of me that wants to do so much with this blog in terms of promoting writing ... I don't know, it's too hard to decide at the moment. I think you've made a good suggestion here though about testing it out, I might give this a try.

Nope, haven't seen that documentary, is it good?

E. said...

Before making up your mind about inviting over sponsors, can I nudge you to read this?


Not saying you'd be swayed in your opinions or voice, but I think it's important people with a voice - especially one as intelligent and powerful as yours - make a conscious choice to take stand against blogs becoming a commercialised part of an already hyper-commercialized society. Food for thought maybe?

x E.

hila said...

e.: yes, I do understand this position. there's a certain part of me that agrees with this, but another side of me that thinks things aren't that simple. It's certainly something that I'll keep in mind though when making my decision.