Monday, 17 September 2012

The Cost of a Blog

Hey guys!  Slightly different post for you today - a bit more wordy :)

The other night I was thinking about how much I love blogging, which led me to think about how much time I spend blogging, which in turn led me to think about how much money I spend on my blog (domain name, buying products to review, advertising etc) and it dawned on me that, it's a pretty darn expensive hobby!

I don't know about any of you, but for me I have a goal for my blog (combined with my YouTube channel), I want to be able to do it full time, within the next 2 years.  That's a pretty big goal, and one I might not be able to achieve, but I'm going to try my hardest to achieve it :)  

So, along the lines of 'how much is your face worth', I thought I'd do a 'how much is your blog worth' post.  Now, this is in no means bragging, far from it, I think on looking at this, I'll actually be more embarrassed by how much I spend on my blog... I also think that a lot of people who read blogs, don't necessarily think about what goes into them, whether that's the time, money or effort etc.  So, here I attempt to put all of that together... lets see what happens!

The Cost of a Blog

Basic regular costs

Domain name:  £10 a year (£0.83p pm)
Advertising: £15 pm on Sprinkleofglitter
Total: £15.83 pm

Time spent (hrs)

Weekends: Typically I spend 6-12 hours each day (Sat & Sun) working on my blog, so we'll split the difference and say 9 hours on Sat and 9 hrs on Sun, taking the weekend total to 18 hours.
Weekdays:  Realistically I spend about 2 hours a day on my blog (sometimes more, sometimes less), so that's 10 hours a week, taking the total to 28 hours a week, which I'm sure you'll agree, is pretty much a full time job (bear in mind, I have a full time day job, doing a 40 hour week)
Total: 28 hours
Pay:  None.
If I were to get minimum wage for people over 21 in the UK is £6.08, so X that by 28 = £170.24 (per week) or £680.96 per month.

Products

The big one!  How much do I spend on makeup each month?  This is a hard one to estimate, because it's different amounts each month... looking back over my bank statements, it's realistically (and shamefully) about £100 per month.  I know... that often consists of 1 high end item for like £30, and then maybe 2-3 shopping trips during lunch of about £20-£30 - seems innocent enough on each trip... but holy moley do they add up!

So if we add up all those figures....
Regular costs: £15.83pm
Time spent £680.96 pm
Products £100 pm
Total: £796.79

If we don't factor my time into it, it's a more manageable £115.83 pm... still a lot of money!  And that isn't counting the time spent on twitter talking to people, promoting my blog, the human cost - so is there a cost to my marriage for the amount of time I'm spending on my hobby, blogging... 

So the big question is, if you're a blogger/YouTuber, how much is yours worth?

Pixi3 out
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15 comments

  1. This is a really eye opening post! Its shocking when you add it all up. I've never really thought about the cost of the time we put into blogging either.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Laura x
    http://laurasallmadeupbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. great post!I have no idea how much my blog is worth but its probably similar. x

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    1. Thanks :) Yeah it's not a cheap hobby!

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  3. I love the idea of this! I literally DREAD to think how much mine is worth, probably very embarrassing like you said! I'm gonna total it up later and let you know! :)

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    1. Yeah, it was quite embarrassing adding it all up :S

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  4. no idea nd moreover i m new to blogging

    My recent post
    Cute nail art by me :) !!!

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  5. Crickey. Well ive been blogging a month and I have noticed a drastic change in my beauty budget spending. Lol. Have u seen my second VLog think it's a but better than the first lol . I think u will achieve ur goal. Xx

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    1. Just you wait, it'll get more and more and more!

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  6. Interesting post! I'm not advertising yet as I don't have a blog button, but it's something I'd like to do! I don't have a domain either. Would be interesting to add up my time though & actually add up how much I've spent on beauty products every month. xx

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  7. Such a good idea for a post.... and you're a braver woman than me to add up the cost of your blog - I think I'd be mortified if I totted mine up!
    Ambarina xxx
    www.beautypassionista.co.uk

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    1. It wasn't easy... but I thought it would be interesting to do :)

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  8. Interesting, I never thought of figuring out how much my blog costs... Genius!
    The time spent is the most valuable!

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    1. Definitely, especially as it's unpaid!

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  9. Oh my goodness! That's quite something isn't it? More than my monthly wage for the whole year lol.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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