How did you all spend your night last night? Relaxing? TV? Working out? Was there wine involved?
I was holed up in a tech bubble making changes, clearing caches, making changes, clearing caches and on and on and on for the majority of mine in case you hadn’t noticed.
Design wise it’s just a lot of moving around, content hasn’t really changed much, just the way it’s all laid out. If you were in the .01% of visitors that google analytics tells me actually used the tag cloud, I apologize but it’s days are over.
Besides design, the biggest change is what you’ll find on the “sponsor” tab under the contact dropdown in the navigation menu up top and what you see on the far right sidebar:
Beginning this month, Running to the Kitchen is offering sponsorship opportunities. All the information can be found on the sponsor tab but here’s the gist of it…
If you have a blog, an Etsy shop or a small business that you’d like to increase exposure to, this is an opportunity that you might be interested in.
Ads are offered on a monthly basis and come in the three sizes you see above (large, medium, small-those are actual sizes up there) for $50, $35, and $25 respectively. The large ad will be limited to 1 per month and hold the top spot.
Your ad image (and if you don’t have one, it can be created) will be linked to your site and visible to all of this site’s visitors.
Here are the stats as of April 2012:
- Over 175,000 pageviews a month
- Around 5,700+ hits a day
- 600+ facebook fans
- 885+ twitter followers
- 450+ instagram followers
You will also be included in a monthly sponsorship post that will live in the archives of this site even after your ad period is up.
And if you’re wondering why I’m doing this in the first place, here is the honest answer…
I spend a lot of time on this blog and I love every single minute of it. Besides time, I spend money on food, food props, camera accessories, blogging conferences and everything else associated with it. Instead of accepting and shoving in your face the tons of offers to do sponsored review posts that come my way that I don’t enjoy reading on other blogs, I’d rather try and make a little money in something that actually supports the community I spend so much time in and contributing to. In 4 days, it will be one year to the date this blog was started. It’s grown from 100 hits a day to what it is now. I’m proud of it, it’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication and I wish I had seen (or been smart enough to search for) an opportunity like this to help me back then. I don’t plan to turn this into an “in your face” sponsor this, sponsor that kind of thing, I’m just allocating a section of my sidebar to those looking for some new followers and exposure in a community I spend way too much a lot of time in already.
If this isn’t your thing, food is coming shortly.