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My Wedding Blog won’t Last Long

As I was browsing through websites trying to find those that are related to wedding, I realised that there were quite a few in Singapore.

So far, this web siteinterests me most because it sells self-designed and customised wedding favors.

wedding favorThey ranged from badges to keychains.

It makes me wonder if I cold be as entreprenuerial as her.

Maintaining this website had cost me hundred of dollars ever since I first launched it last year, August.

Though it had helped many readers (about 15,000 of them) who are having difficulties planning their wedding, it had also somewhat affected my marriage life.

My wife did comment that I may be spending too much online.

Oh dear…

But we had our differences sorted out on the same night and we have learnt to understand and support each other even more.

Remember, grumbles and complaints are good..cos they are alerts to remind us…and after that, we had to know what did we learnt from it…and may our relationship improves…

Talking about setting up my own wedding-related business, many of my readers, who became my friends, have asked me to make customised wedding products for them.

They find that helping is one thing, but I had to earn some income from here…

I’m not very sure and I’m pretty confused. What if my readers run away, seeing that I have soemwhat monetised my web site?

I love to help and I feel satisfied answering all emails from my readers. (last count, 125) And they always replied me and thanking me and saying how much help I have given to them.

After seriously considering the suggestions from my readers or friends now, I think I may want to do customised bookmarks with wedding couples’ photos on them.

I did one for my friend and she said everytime she looked at the bookmark, it was as if her wedding just happened yesterday…

all the flashbacks made her teared…


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9 Responses to “My Wedding Blog won’t Last Long”

  1. 1
    DK Says:

    “I’m not very sure and I’m pretty confused. What if my readers run away, seeing that I have soemwhat monetised my web site?”

    Well, it depends on how you do it. If every single post is going to be on your new product that you are selling, then yes, readers will run away. (or rather, not come again)

    But if you continue to blog as per normal, but just adding reference to your new product once in awhile, I’m sure readers will still come to your site.

    Cheers. 😀

  2. 2
    Jhong Ren Says:

    Hi DK, i agree with u…just have to carry on blogging as normal

  3. 3
    Lissy Says:

    Hi JR, thanks for featuring Simple Arts Planet here, really appreciate it, although the site is presently down for reconstruction.

    Personally, I think you may want to separate your blog from your business webby. You may have a business webby which is strictly for biz usage, while linking both blog and biz webs together.

    In your blog web, you can always mention in your bio and also a prominent spot that JR is also the owner of ‘so and so’ that offers wedding related prdts etc.

    Blog is useful to reach out to more audiences, and also to talk about the inpsiration or ideas you derived for developing the new prdt etc.

    Since more people are coming here to find answers, you may want to start your own forum! If it works, you can start to invite advertiser to advertise in your blog for a fee. You must however be able to prove the hits to your blog though.

    How’s that? Customisation rocks!!! So go do it! I am working on customised wedding magnets, which the parts got delayed in shipment!!!!!! arrrgggghhhh…

    Keep me posted of your biz venture, will sure try to help as much as I could!

  4. 4
    Jhong Ren Says:

    Hi Lissy,

    Thank you for your encouragement and your advice.

    Will take a look at getting a sub-domain…say http://www.romance-fire.com/shop

    what do u think?

  5. 5
    Lissy Says:

    JR, I think that can work. always keep you main domain name, so that people know where they click this shop from.

    I have the habit to bookmark online shops for future visits (well, you know by now I am super online person) and at times, I really can’t remember when/where I saved this shop from. It does help when I see the main domain name.

    Also, with that, sometimes, I will just erase the /shop, and then it will bring me to the main page.

    Another option is to rename (move entire blog) this blog, and have this hosted at http://www.romance-fire.com/blog instead. and move the romance-fire to act as the main biz site. Then again, that can mean more work, unless you have a proper migration program.

    For a tester, your idea is good to subdomain the shop first. Till later date to see the result of the shop.

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    Fione Tan - 9Weddings.com Says:

    Hi Jhong Ren,

    Why don’t you have your wife start a section here too? This way, she can be spending more time online together with you too!

    Looking at the long, detailed replies you’ve offered to the readers, i think you are realling spending lots of time online. I’m sure that your better half will understand that you are trying to help the new couples and if she’s also into this project together with you, that will be awesome.

    Regards,
    Fione Tan
    Our Wedding Blog

    Asia’s Internet Marketing Blog – eOneNet.com

  7. 7
    Jhong Ren Says:

    Hi Lissy, thanks for the feedback..think we always have to give time when a new project is launched…will need alot of advice from u in the future…. :)

    Hi Fione, it is hard for her to blog regularly cos of her work…she had two posts since Sept 2006… :p will think of other ways…thanks again

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    Passerby Says:

    You CAN successfully combine your goals of wanting to help other people and generating a sustainable income together. It already helps that you have the resources, knowledge and skills, you just need to figure out how to put a value on it in a way that allows your readers to get it quicker, better, more personalised, and cannot-get-anywhere-else. Here are a few ideas to this end:

    1) Wedding Advisor/Coach via email | You answer each reader’s question in a detailed, comprehensive, manner with any recommended resources (like you already do), except that its pay per question/email.

    2) Compilation of wedding stories | Get your readers to contribute (or their permission to use) their wedding stories ala ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ with a short do’s and don’ts after each story, and you select, edit, design, and publish it as a local book/ebook which you can sell on your website.

    3) Wedding Highlights Column | For the products/services/events/venues relating to weddings that you wish to promote, preferably using affiliate advertising, or making deals with merchants so that you get commission for each referral. Or even sell it as advertising space directly.

    4) Membership section | Organise all your high-value materials, resources, articles into a member’s section and allow access via paid membership.

  9. 9
    Jhong Ren Says:

    Hi Passerby,

    thank you for your advice. :)

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