I want to apologize right from the start. This post might be a waste of your time, and I’m sorry about that. I know that your time is highly important and I never want to take advantage of it. I want Fuji X Weekly to be filled with quality content so that you’ll return and keep coming back for years to come. I thought that it was important to explain something, so I hope you’ll forgive me.
Fuji X Weekly has been around for one year now. The very first post was on August 21, 2017. This blog has grown significantly during that time, both in content and in popularity. I’m surprised by how many people come here to read what I have to say, and I’m both honored and humbled by it. I’m very appreciative to you for coming and being a part of this! During September over 9,000 people visited Fuji X Weekly, viewing over 25,000 posts. That’s amazing!
I’m embarrassed by something, and it drives me nuts. I use WordPress (as you probably gathered from the web address), and they give me free hosting and tools to create this blog, but there is a trade-off. All of the advertisements that you see plastered to this blog are theirs. I get a free website, they get money from advertisers. It’s fine, except I’d prefer if you weren’t bothered by all of the annoying ads.
WordPress has an option where you can pay them money to disable the ads. I would gladly do this except I’m already investing a significant amount of my time and energy to Fuji X Weekly, and adding a financial burden would surely spell the end of all this. Still, I sometimes think about just paying the money and disabling the ads, perhaps it might be worth it. Besides, an added benefit is that I could drop the .wordpress from the address, which would be slick.
I decided to attempt to raise money through this blog so that I can pay to disable the WordPress ads. I signed up for the Amazon Affiliates program, and I will be posting links where, if you feel so inclined, you could click the link and buy a product. I don’t want this to be a situation where you feel like I’m tricking or pressuring you into buying something because that’s not the intention. The idea is if you were already planning to purchase an item through Amazon, perhaps you could go through my link to do so and I’ll get a very small cut of the profit, which I will then use to make Fuji X Weekly a better experience.
I’m not completely thrilled with this solution, as I’m basically using ads to get rid of ads, which is either hypocritical or ironic or both, but I’m trying it out for awhile to judge how it goes. I might decide against it after seeing it in action, but if it does work out it will be seen regularly on this blog. An example is this: the Fujifilm GFX-50R with a 63mm lens is on sale at this time for $4,999, which is $999 off MSRP, and if you click this link to Amazon you can buy it, and I’ll get a small amount for referring you to them. For someone in the market for that camera this might be a service to them, pointing out that it is currently on sale. The Fujifilm X100F is currently $100 off, which serves as another example of how you might find this in a post. My intentions are to post links to items that are on sale (at the time of publication), that way you have a chance to get what you are looking for at a good price.
Another way that I’m hoping to earn money to improve this blog is a CafePress store. It’s still in the works, but my talented and creative wife, Amanda, is helping me put together some awesome designs for t-shirts and mugs and such. I’m talking about unique graphic designs that you’ll love, all relating to Fujifilm and photography. I’m really excited about this, and it should launch in plenty of time for holiday shopping. I’ll keep you updated on this, but for now just be excited for some upcoming merchandise that’s really cool.
Once I’ve raised enough money to pay WordPress to upgrade the account to ad-free I will do that. I don’t know how long that will take, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to improve the Fuji X Weekly experience. Please, don’t feel pressured whatsoever to click the links or purchase anything. I don’t want to make you feel uncomfortable, and anytime that you’re discussing money there is a certain level of discomfort. I apologize again if you found this post a waste of time. I appreciate everyone who comes to Fuji X Weekly, and I hope that you’ll continue coming back.
Now back to your regularly schedule program….