...from someone who wants to help me "monetize my blog." Apparently I have enough readers (thanks!) to warrant it.
I replied that I was earning everything I expected from my blog already.
I love to blacksmith. I tried a few years ago to make it a business. It made it a lot less fun, and I dissolved the business and now I just do it for fun again, making presents for my friends and fixtures for my remodeling projects. I don't sell anything I make. You gotta be a Friend of Canoelover.
Besides not really needing the few dollars that monetizing my blog would bring, I fear that commercializing Canoelover would make it a burden, a think that would force me to come up with relevant content and please my readership. I write this to please myself, and if some of you want to come along for the ride once in a while, that's peachy.
Respectfully and non-commercially submitted,
P.S. Please don't think I'm being a sanctimonius socialist here. I like money as much as the next guy, so long as the next guy isn't Bernie Madoff.