“Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free, advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to special events or places you might not have been to otherwise?”
No, not really. Obviously if I got an offer to get paid for reading/reviewing I’d jump on it but that was never my intention when I started book blogging. It’s always been just a hobby for me. I have received offers to write on other blogs mainly as a guest for features. I try to accept as many of these as possible because it allows me to reach a larger audience and connect with readers who otherwise wouldn’t have visited my blog. I don’t typically review for other sites though because I have enough on my plate already with managing my own reviews.
As for earning money from blogging, again, I’m not looking to turn a profit. I have joined a number of affiliate sites and do sell advertising on my blog but what measly revenue I do generate from these is put back into the site in the form of giveaways, graphics and other blog related things. It took me 6 months to earn $10 from Amazon and even then, I still can’t really even use it because their minimum order amount for free shipping is $25. I don’t particularly want to give half of my earnings to Canada Post. If anything, I use the affiliate programs to help track where my readers are clicking and what types of books they’re reading. The stats I accumulate are far more valuable to me than the revenue I receive is.
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada