Jan 262012
 

I started this blog 3 years ago with no aspirations. No goals. Not knowing what to tweet about1. Not knowing what to write about. Thinking I wouldn’t have any readers if I wrote solely about sex toys rather than recounting ~erotic~ stories from my sex life. At best, I’d get free sex toys and stretch my writing muscles, and at worst, I’d be rejected from all the review programs and give up on blogging.

But people started commenting and following me on Twitter. I made friends, wrote reviews, and over time, started to make a few bucks with the affiliate programs. I ran some successful giveaways, each time gaining more readers. And at one point I began accepting paid advertising, despite initial reservations that it would clutter up my sidebar.

Slowly, things shifted. I began making a bit more money, and so I started taking this blog more seriously as a sort-of “job.” Now, when companies ask me for a link exchange, I reply with my text link rates. When obscure sex shops offer me toys for review, I usually decline. I negotiate with people about advertising rates and send a boatload of ad renewal emails. And, most importantly, I keep reviewing — and sticking to my writing style.

I knew this blog was doing well. Still, I didn’t realize how far I’d truly come until the other night, when I crunched the numbers. I added up all the commissions (money I get when you buy things using my affiliate links) and paid advertising money I made last year. Then I divided it by 12… and stared in astonishment.

I’m making enough money to live on.

I’m frugal, for sure. I don’t spend money on much beyond rent and food. And this blog is not my only source of income. Still, I could pay for rent, food, and a new book or two each month, solely with the money I make from this humble ol’ blog. That was never a goal of mine, because I never thought it was attainable. Apparently it is.

Holy fuck, you guys.

I’m so freaking surprised. And proud. And thankful. Seriously, I would not be writing this if it wasn’t for all of you. Yeah, I do the grunt work behind the scenes, but you are the ones that have made my blog popular. I have made some amazing friends doing this, and I treasure every single person who takes the time to read what I have to say.

Thank you for commenting on my posts.
Thank you for reading, even if you never comment.
Thank you for buying things from my affiliate links.
Thank you for buying ad space and text links.
Thank you for trusting my opinion on sex toys.
Thank you for asking for advice.
Thank you for recommending me when people ask about sex toys on Metafilter and Reddit.
Thank you for chatting with me all day on Twitter.
Thank you for entering my giveaways.
Thank you for reading my drafts.
Thank you for laughing at my jokes.
Thank you for swaddling me when I’m distressed.
Thank you for emailing me sweet fan letters that remind me why I do this.

Above all, thank you for caring about what I have to say. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’m going to bask in this for a while. Because this is huge.

  1. Seriously, I remember feeling lost… I felt like I was intruding on people and didn’t interact much at first. []

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  • http://www.pussygoesgrrr.com Ashley

    OMG, CONGRATS! That’s just so fucking awesome and I am so proud of you!

  • Pixel

    Wow, congratulations! One day, I hope that I (and my blog too) will be as epic as you are!

  • http://www.bzzingbee.com bri

    Congratulations!!!

  • http://www.blacksilk.wordpress.com Blacksilk

    That is amazing! Congratulations! :)

    And, since you mention it, I should comment more. I’m always a bit scared to because you get so many and also you’re, you know, a big deal! But I should. And I shall!

  • http://www.kiraskink.com Kira

    I’m new to your blog, but I still want to say congrats! That’s amazing! I don’t make any money on my site nor do I ever intend to, but it’s an amazing thing that one could do that. I always assumed that you could make a little extra on a blog, but never thought it could be enough to actually live on. Seriously, major congratulations!! You do amazing work here and deserve every penny you get from this site.

  • http://www.neamhspleachas.com Molly Rene

    Congrats!

  • Caroline

    Congratulations, Epiphora! That is wonderful!

  • j

    Congratulations! I mostly lurk here, but I really love your blog. Yay!

  • http://www.ScarlettSeraph.com ScarlettSeraph

    This is so fantastic, and I’m so happy for you!

  • http://wereallfriendshere.blogspot.com jessie

    very awesome! congrats!

  • txymxy

    That’s so freakin’ brilliant. Congrats, lady! You are one my reviewing heroes, for sure. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading <3

  • Navigator

    Oh my god, that is fantastic. Congratulations!

  • http://barenakedlady.wordpress.com Jilly

    Congratumalations, Piph! I can only aspire to be where you are in two years time. May you keep bringing snark to sex toys for a long time!

    x

  • http://vanillamom.wordpress.com nilla

    Hey Epiphora?

    Thanks for writing a truly awesome blog… with the full-on honesty that is so refreshing. I will NEVER buy a sex toy again without checking your reviews… and that to me is a huge value.

    I’m really psyched for you, that you are earning a living doing what you do so well. Rock on, sweetie!

    nilla

  • tim1724

    Congratulations! 3 years? Time flies when you’re having fun.

  • kristen

    How exciting! Congratulations!

  • http://www.pennysdirtythoughts.com Penny

    Congrats, that is really exciting and inspiring for all of us aspiring sex bloggers!

  • Karen Blue

    That is so awesome and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://ofsexandlove.com Adriana

    So happy for you!

  • http://www.tellkizz.com Kizz

    This is indeed HUGE. Congratulations!

  • http://www.shevibe.com Sandra

    So happy for you! You popped my blog cherry and I’ve been smitten ever since.

  • Logan GreatLoveToys

    Even though this post is older, it was inspiring to read. My sweetheart and I are just getting started in doing the same.

  • Robin McClanahan

    Thank YOU. I don’t have an astronomical toy budget, so beautifully written, honest, actually informative reviews are a big, big help to me.
    But mostly, I come to your blog when I’m sad, or stressed, or losing my shit about the bad things in my life, and I read your reviews, your journals, all your writing. And I stop crying. And then I laugh. And send links to people. And I feel better about life in general. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart and my nethers. Your writing heals me, Piph.