Important Changes

Hello HLBers!

I know our updates are typically on Saturdays, but there is a new, big update happening to HLB that everyone needs to be aware of.

Starting today all new bloggers interested in being listed on Healthy Living Blogs will need to send us the standard Members email, and they will then be sent an invoice via PayPal for $10.

Charging for membership for HLB is something I (Lindsey, HLB Founder) have been reluctant to do. From the very first day that HLB became a distant dream in my mind, I planned on including a fee for membership. After all, there would be fees for creating the site, site maintenance, and of course, time. When the time came to launch HLB though, I just didn’t feel comfortable having a fee. Despite the ton of feedback I received from many bloggers stating that they’d be willing to pay a small one-time fee or yearly fee for such a site, I somehow still irrationally doubted anyone would be interested in HLB if they had to pay for it.

Well, I’ve finally realized I should have listened to the original feedback, particularly because the time commitment is MUCH greater than anticipated. To the point where there now has to be three admins, and even still, it seems like we don’t have the time to do everything we need to make HLB all we want it to be and it needs to be.

At my core, I still love HLB, but unfortunately I’ve had the thought of just deleting the site many times, simply because the time commitment is way too much.

So, this is why in order to keep HLB up and running, we are now charging for new members.

This is also why we are strongly, strongly encouraging current HLB members to either donate or find us additional sponsors.

If you want to keep HLB, we need your support.

I know there are going to be a lot of questions about this, so here are some already frequently asked questions:

  • Q: I’m already a member and it pisses me off that I have to pay. I don’t want to pay. Am I able to stay on HLB?
  • A: Yes. I (Lindsey) did not feel comfortable going back and now charging everyone. I would be pissed, too. So if you’re already a member, you do not have to pay. That said, we could really, really use your support, which is why we’re asking you to make a donation. However, if you can’t pay, you will not be deleted from the listings.
  • Q: Is this a one time fee or a yearly fee?
  • A:  UPDATED ANSWER: This is a one time fee. At this time, we’re still debating this. Ideally, I’d like to get so many sponsors that a year from now, it’s not necessary to continue a $10 yearly fee. However, if down the road we decide to make this a yearly $10 fee (which has been suggested that we should), that’s still less than a dollar a month for a service that we’re being told is a great service and resource to the community, and something that we’ve been told has positively, significantly increased the traffic and exposure many of your blogs are seeing.
  • Q: Where does this money go?
  • A: With current donations and sponsors, we still haven’t even quite broken even with our initial expenses of the site (web hosting, domain name, theme, etc.). We also need to get an LLC for HLB, which is another cost. Plus, right now, the biggest reason that HLB is not sustainable is because of the huge time commitment that it is. While we are always improving our efficiency and the process that we do things, it takes a lot of time to make HLB what it is. There have been weeks where we’ve all put in 20, 30, 40 and more hours a week, EACH, on top of our personal blogs, our personal lives, separate jobs and/ or school. To be honest, this has been a matter of time, because we can’t work away at HLB like we’ve been doing while seeing no return. I understand if you think I’m greedy or selfish, but please consider it from our point of view, too.
  • Q: What if I want to be a new member on HLB but I really can’t afford it?
  • A: Talk to us. If you truly can’t afford it, let us know. We can try to work something else out.

If you have any other questions, please leave them in a comment or send us an email at healthylivingblogs@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support and for helping to keep HLB sustainable!

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21 Responses to “Important Changes”

  1. Denise
    September 27, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I will donate. My checkcard numbers were stolen so I’m waiting on my new one… as soon as I have it, you will have moo-lah! LOVE this site and do not want it leaving! Thanks for all you do!

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2010 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks, Denise. :) Your support is greatly appreciated!

  2. JL Goes Vegan
    September 27, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    I will donate. You provide a great service to me as a blogger and I have had many visitors to my site as a result of my connection. It’s the least I can do!

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2010 at 11:05 am #

      Thank you JL! I love your enthusiasm for HLB, and thank you for your support, whether it be from donating to your series posts. You are awesome!

  3. Therese
    September 27, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Honestly? $10 a year is nothing for a membership to a site where you can market your own blog. If you have a blog where you’ve PAID for a domain, you can afford $10 a year.

    I’m already listed but will be glad to donate some cash for such a great resource, you ladies are doing a hell of a job!

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you for your support Therese, I really appreciate it and glad to see you understand where we’re coming from. :)

  4. Sarah
    September 27, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Of course you have my support. I have a paypal account, let me know where to go from here. You guys are awesome- I get stressed about time with my own blog and school, so I can’t imagine juggling everything you do!!

  5. Arlene @ Adventures in Weight loss
    September 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I’ll make a donation, but it won’t be until at least Friday. (That’s my next payday.)

    • Lindsey
      September 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

      aw thanks Arlene. :) and I feel ya on the payday! Just in time for rent on Friday. ;)

  6. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    September 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    I don’t think this is too much to ask at all! Just donated $10. Great job, ladies :-)

  7. Raquel
    September 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    I will donate when I get paid in a couple of weeks. (I’m still adjusting to a biweekly pay period instead of once a month.)

  8. Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    This site has been invaluable to me within the community and for my blog. I will donate as soon as I get paid. I know how hard you have all been working and for the price it is well worth what we receive in return.

    I also think that a yearly fee isn’t too much to ask. It is much less than the cost of hosting and everything involved in blogging for the awesome advertising and community!

  9. Jacqui
    September 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I think it is a fair idea and I have reached out to a few companies I work with about sponsoring the site as well:)

  10. Mary
    September 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    I wouldnt mind paying a membership fee. I like the site and getting to know everyone in the blogging community! Keep up the good work girls, You’re all great :)

  11. Kristina @ spabettie
    September 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I would find it very hard to say you are greedy or selfish, coming up with this wonderful resource in the first place…

    I have had my own reasons for not being able to be a more active “member” right now, but I intend to do just that, soon… :D

    I’m also going to donate… right now :) You are doing a fabulous job.

  12. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    September 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I donated $10 to the cause! Love you girls :)

  13. Carmen
    September 30, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Just donated $10, a deal for all the support and exposure for our blogs. Thanks so much for all you do!

  14. Karen@WaistingTime
    October 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    I just made a donation. Since you asked, I have to admit that if you had required it prior to my joining, I probably would have been put off, nervous almost. I tend not to join anything that asks for payment. That said, I understand that this is costly and you are doing us all a great service. Thank you for that! BTW, while I am commenting, will you add my first name to me records please if that is not too much trouble. Thanks.

  15. Kelly
    October 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    I’m donating right now! :) You ladies have done a fabulous job, and I can only imagine it is going to become a more and more valuable resource!

  16. Emily
    October 8, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    $10 is completely reasonable I think. Being a new blogger, I know how much it costs to get things up and running. For this great resource for bloggers, I think $10 isn’t bad at all. Keep up the good work!