Summer, Sponsored Content and the Library

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close up of book in black and white

I had a blog reader recently tell me (nicely) she was sick of my sponsored posts. I totally respect that. I thought today I would explain a bit about how the process works and how I choose which sponsored posts to participate in. In a perfect world, I would do 3-4 sponsored posts spread out across the month…this would help offset the cost of the blog, as well as  bring in a bit of money. It would also, hopefully, not be overwhelming. The thing is, I get about one out of every ten or twelve sponsored posts I apply for…and because of those odds, have no idea how the dates will fall on the calendar. I might apply for two posts weeks apart from each other, from different companies, and have them due to go live a day apart. I can’t predict this. And if I have ten applications out there, I don’t know if I will get five of them, or none of them.

I will tell you this, I only apply for posts with a) products I already use or b) products I am actually interested in using. I am very selective about what I post about on this blog. I sometimes laugh about the offers I get…this one for instance: 

[Our company] wants you to recycle your period pad into something fun, funny and creative while inspiring women everywhere ditch their period pads for [our product] instead. 

I’m just going to assume that no one reading this is interested in my menstrual cycle or how I “recycle my period pads”!

So there you have it. I hope that explains the process a bit to you. I also want to add…I often blog about products I love, such as my 

Bombas post and my love of Birkenstocks. Neither were sponsored or compensated.

kids selecting books at the library

We have already been to the library several times this summer. I love that my kids just can’t get enough of books! And I’ve gotten over the awkwardness of whipping out my camera here. I love capturing these moments.

boy choosing library book

Mordecai starts camp today! It is day camp (not overnight). I am excited for him and all the fun he will have. Avi has begun summer school and Hezekiah a month-long math and science camp…that means a whole lot of driving for me, but also a ton of fun for the kids. The rest of us are enjoying the heat and spontaneous trips to the lake.

kids at the library


And piles and piles of books.

Keziah came for a visit yesterday. I am frequently asked for updates on my adult children, but try to respect their privacy. I will say, quickly, we are beyond proud of Keziah, Ezra and Boaz. All three have received high school diplomas now! This opens many doors to them. All three are living and working independently. Keziah has big career goals that I hope she is able to fulfill. She only lives about 45 minutes away from us. The boys live several hours away in a different part of the state.

BEN! and Adalia continue to do well. Both are working full-time and remodeling their house in their “spare” time. Their dog, Rascal, is doing well  expect when he chews up their clothing.


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  1. if you don’t like the post, don’t read it, if you are unhappy…leave. It is your blog and you can do whatever you want.
    I am so sick of people and their rudeness!!!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      She actually wasn’t rude at all and I was interested in how she felt about it.

  2. I am not always interested in the product itself but often enjoy your account of how you and your family use something. And occasionally I even recommend on the basis of your recommendation something you have reviewed.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      That makes perfect sense. I just popped over here to add to the post, I often post about products I love and use that are not sponsored in any way (Bombas socks, Birkenstocks, etc)…I sometimes wonder if people mix the two up.

  3. I am a frequent reader of several similar blogs, and I have also been put off by the amount of sponsored content in your blog. I feel that the best blogs only have sponsored content when it is something the author truly feel their readers will greatly benefit from, and only done very occasionally. I understand that running a blog costs money, and don’t fault you for trying to cover those costs. I love your photography and enjoy your writing, but thought you should know that I consider your blog to be less likeable, relatable, and even professional due to the frequency of sponsored posts and the products/companies you stump for. But I’m still reading, so make of that what you will, I guess.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I totally appreciate that input! It helps me balance work vs the fun of a blog. Like I said, if I could balance out when I do the sponsored posts I totally would, but that end of it is out of my control. I just asked that you are patient if a few sponsored posts come in the same week (not intentional) and certainly feel free to skip those posts if you like.

      Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow. Just, wow. You are a stay at home Mom who has a big enough heart to open a bit of your daily life to others. I say have at it. If people don’t want to read your blog on a day that you have sponsored content, then they can very simply skip it that day. There are so, so many more things in this world to be concerned about. You keep doing what works for you. It is your blog, after all! #firstworldproblems

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      LOL at your hashtag. I think balance in everything is important, so I appreciate the different view points. And thanks 🙂

  5. I agree that in the grand scheme of things this is so low on the priority list. That said, I have loved your blog for years but honestly I have found myself to be a little less interested when it is a sponosered post. I was sad to see that you were reviewing and recommending an app for very young children. From your blog I gathered that your children (with the exception of Apollo for obvious and very understanding reasons) had very little screen contact during their first few years. That post specifically rubbed me the wrong way. It felt to me like you were recommending something that you did not actually endorse based on your actions. I write this as a mother of a 2 year old and 7 month old.
    Again I do love your blog and will continue reading it. But since you brought it up I thought I would chime in. Thanks for sharing your stories with us.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I appreciate your honesty, Kim. As I’ve mentioned several times, I have changed my mind to a certain extent about screens for children. If I had never had Apollo and his health issues, it probably wouldn’t have changed. I have seen him learn and grow from screen time. It *is* limited in our house, and as he gets healthier we are putting even more limits on it. That said, I would recommend very few apps for young children. The one you are referring to struck me as valuable due to my training in Linguistics. I know that once a baby “loses” the ability to say/repeat sounds it is much more difficult to learn it. I would not recommend a baby watching a movie or playing 99% of the apps out there.

  6. It’s nice to hear about some of your older children! I was wondering, why are some of your kids that still live at home featured more prominently than others? Is it just that they don’t like having their pictures taken or being blogged about?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      A mixture of both. Judah, Tilly and Enoch are rarely around (working and school) and some of my kids just don’t want to be photographed. I never,ever push my kids if they don’t want to be in photos or on the blog.

  7. You should do what you want – it’s your blog. I suppose you will be able to tell if folks stop reading as often. My bet is they won’t. Personally I love visiting your blog and don’t mind the sponsored posts, especially if they help support you and your wonderful family. I feel like your personal voice comes through, even in the sponsored posts, so I still enjoy reading them. It’s fun to see what you come up with – I really enjoy seeing your creativity in action.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thanks. It’s good to hear your perspective.

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