July 29, 2008

Blog redesign & sponsors*

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my boys rockin out, Canon Rebel Xti

My blog is going through a little redesign! After more than five years, this feels very exciting! I will also be offering some space for sponsors in the right column. If you are interested in getting more eyes on your blog, sharing your crafty work, launching your book, etc. please email me and I will give you the details! (andrea@superherodesigns.com)

Posted on July 29, 2008 08:01 AM
Comments

There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing sponsorships on your blog. NOTHING...I know we have our die hard "no advertising on my blog" people, but I have quickly seen many of them change their tune. For those who have issues with you having sponsors, have they considered that everytime they link to a product on another website, that is advertising?

We all sponsor other websites when we link to things we like or are inspired by. I don't understand why so many people are giving you hell about doing what you want to do with your blog.

Do your thing, hold your head high and worry not. All will be well...simple as that.

Posted by: Lu at August 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Pling pling pling pling! Pling pling pling pling! I can hear the ukeleles! :o)

Posted by: Jenny Rebecca at August 1, 2008 07:18 AM

Hey Andrea
Just writing to say that I have no opinion on the matter. I thought that might just be a refreshing change. I have struggled with the same on my blog and copped a lot of flack for having ads, then took them off and my readership hasn't changed.
Do what you want to do! Whenever I get bad comments on my blog I just think to myself "Oh that person might be having a bad day". Then I don't take them on board - just leave them with that person!
Have a lovely day!
Mia

Posted by: Mia at July 31, 2008 08:58 PM

I can't believe what I'm reading in these comments. I've enjoyed and grown from Andrea's blog as much as the next person, but I would never take her decision to have ads as personally as some have. I'm also just as sick of mindless, brainwashing advertising as the next person, but honestly don't see that ever happening here, and anyone who's read her long enough would know that too. Sick of ads? Go read Adbusters and feel all smug and self-important. I'd rather keep reading Andrea's blog, and possibly be turned on to some artist or writer I haven't yet learned about.

Posted by: Stacie at July 31, 2008 08:21 PM

i am so excited for you, and this community. this is a *positive* thing. i have a lot more to say but my little one is calling. can't wait to see more!

love you girly!
xoxo

Posted by: schmoops at July 31, 2008 08:03 PM

All I can do after reading all the comments today is scratch my head wondering why "SOME" people were so very nasty and negative towards you, Andrea.

While I'm not a member of your immediate circle of friends and fellow artists...
I feel the need to also jump to your defense.

I have been a longtime wearer of superhero jewels and enjoy your wonderful photography,and I have read your blog since it's very beginning post. I have laughed and cried at the passionate, funny and wise words you write.

We have communticated often through e-mails and your wonderful messages to me about commnents I have made about many posts on your blog.
Although I live in So.Cal and we have never met in person, We have connected. I consider you someone I would call a friend, and I believe your blog and all your creative endeavors does a great service to the world.

So why would some attack you for offering other creative souls the opportunity to share their beauty and wisdom on your site??
I can only think that there are some people in this world, who despite your best efforts, just DON'T GET IT!!!
There will always be those who assume the worst, jump to the negative conclusion, and just basically are the "downers" and "nay sayers" of this world.

To them I say,"Fuck off, get a life, and leave Andrea alone!!"

Andrea, you go girl, and do what feels right and get paid as you so richly deserve for all the time and wisdom and beauty that you have given so freely for so long.
Those of us who do get it, and love what you do,and who you are, will always support you.

The rest of the negative people are not worth your consideration.

Posted by: Julia at July 31, 2008 08:01 PM

I've been a lurker here for awhile, salivating over superhero and bullseye necklaces til I'm able to get my own. I love your photography, your jewelry, your writing, all of it. When I read about the redesign and sponsorships, my first reaction was "it's about time, good for you". There is no reason why you shouldn't be compensated for all your hard work. I would trust anything I saw on your site. I've discovered many wonderful artists and writers since I started lurking here, I just recieved my beautiful prints from Kelly Rae today - love em! I am looking forward to discovering more beautiful things with the redesign. This is a wonderful, safe, lovely place, and it will continue to be.

Posted by: Sheri at July 31, 2008 03:10 PM

Oh that photo is so sweet! :-)

Good idea, that. It'll be like getting recommendations for products/crafts/books based on the founding fact that we all read this blog. (hmmm don't know if that sentence actually made sense or not. I'm tired...)

x

Posted by: katie at July 31, 2008 01:31 PM

Oh that photo is so sweet! :-)

Good idea, that. It'll be like getting recommendations for products/crafts/books based on the founding fact that we all read this blog. (hmmm don't know if that sentence actually made sense or not. I'm tired...)

x

Posted by: katie at July 31, 2008 01:31 PM

Oh that photo is so sweet! :-)

Good idea, that. It'll be like getting recommendations for products/crafts/books based on the founding fact that we all read this blog. (hmmm don't know if that sentence actually made sense or not. I'm tired...)

x

Posted by: katie at July 31, 2008 01:30 PM

When I first started reading blogs the way I found soul healing writing was by following links on sidebars. I felt that if I connected to the blog I was reading I would definitely connect to those they loved and were moved by as well. And I was most of the time.

Then I found that some bloggers were randomly asking anyone and everyone for link swaps. I found that a bit tacky.

So as I read these comments what comes up for me is.....I am an artist....I have been graced to connect with you Andrea and if you were moved by my work and shared that somehow with the multitude of readers you have, it would be a wonderful gift-a way to share your own appreciation of beauty etc.

I feel I know enough about you to be able to say that you are approaching this from your heart, from your life coaching skills-looking for ways to help others while also being compensated for the time you invest in keeping this blog so rich and beautiful.

You see folks it takes a lot oif time and investment for Andrea to keep this going. Because she is so talented and wonderful, many people read and order necklaces, and hire her for coaching. But she has a family, an emotional, spiritual and physical life that needs tending too.

So is it possible that being pulled by all these things presents her with a challenge time wise? Maybe in looking at time-she sees keeping this blog takes her time, which is valuable and in demand.So maybe what she is doing is looking for a way to keep it up.

Being a small business owner myself, selling and making jewelry, packing it with love and attention, connecting with customers takes a lot of time and organization. To really thrive and support a family with a small business requires big investments in space, inventory, marketing.

If this blog wasn't so popular I would not have heard about her. If the word wasn't out about Andrea, I would not have been able to wear a superhero necklace with it's special energy, I wouldn't have known I could have Andrea help me with a coaching session. Marketing with heart and love and purpose just to inform is a lot different than corporate america blasting us with mcdonalds ads.

I love you Andrea. And I would love to be able to show my photographs on your side bar, and compensate you for the effort you extend to maintain this blog.

XOXO

Posted by: thea at July 31, 2008 11:05 AM

When I first started reading blogs the way I found soul healing writing was by following links on sidebars. I felt that if I connected to the blog I was reading I would definitely connect to those they loved and were moved by as well. And I was most of the time.

Then I found that some bloggers were randomly asking anyone and everyone for link swaps. I found that a bit tacky.

So as I read these comments what comes up for me is.....I am an artist....I have been graced to connect with you Andrea and if you were moved by my work and shared that somehow with the multitude of readers you have, it would be a wonderful gift-a way to share your own appreciation of beauty etc.

I feel I know enough about you to be able to say that you are approaching this from your heart, from your life coaching skills-looking for ways to help others while also being compensated for the time you invest in keeping this blog so rich and beautiful.

You see folks it takes a lot oif time and investment for Andrea to keep this going. Because she is so talented and wonderful, many people read and order necklaces, and hire her for coaching. But she has a family, an emotional, spiritual and physical life that needs tending too.

So is it possible that being pulled by all these things presents her with a challenge time wise? Maybe in looking at time-she sees keeping this blog takes her time, which is valuable and in demand.So maybe what she is doing is looking for a way to keep it up.

Being a small business owner myself, selling and making jewelry, packing it with love and attention, connecting with customers takes a lot of time and organization. To really thrive and support a family with a small business requires big investments in space, inventory, marketing.

If this blog wasn't so popular I would not have heard about her. If the word wasn't out about Andrea, I would not have been able to wear a superhero necklace with it's special energy, I wouldn't have known I could have Andrea help me with a coaching session. Marketing with heart and love and purpose just to inform is a lot different than corporate america blasting us with mcdonalds ads.

I love you Andrea. And I would love to be able to show my photographs on your side bar, and compensate you for the effort you extend to maintain this blog.

XOXO

Posted by: thea at July 31, 2008 11:05 AM

i think your decision to have other artist and crafters sponsor you is smart. both parties benefit and you get to get paid for all your hard work.

you have the power to assist others in getting their dreams and ideas out there because you have nurtured and loved your blog for years. you have earned it. folks come back because of you, andrea. because of the magic you create here.

justin said all the blogs he reads (mostly web-design types) have ads or sponsors in their sidebars. it is not a big deal and quite common.

why should it be any different for artists? especially ones who have given and given without asking anything in return.

i think you are a great example of not only a tender hearted soul who shares her feelings but also a kick ass business woman.

love to you....
mccabe x

Posted by: mccabe at July 30, 2008 08:49 PM

So... I read your note yesterday and didn't think anything more than, gee, I wish I had something to post as a sponsor.

I didn't think to read the comments because there is no doubt in my mind that there are many people out there that you know that I want to know about... I have found and patronized some folks through your links and wished I had more money to buy more!

I am sitting here with my Superhero necklace -- which I wear when I feel wonderful and when I need to feel wonderful -- THANK YOU. I was just telling someone yesterday how much the three sessions of life coaching I was able to afford with you helped me to get perspective on my life choices -- and that those lessons return out of the blue when I need them.

It is interesting to me that anyone who reads you and takes the time to comment would/could doubt your deliberation on the issue, your need to do it ... I would have thought that they should know so much more about your process.

Since you had Ben, your life has changed so much -- and I cherish every day that you have the extra strength and energy to share a little bit of your world with us... because Ben and Matt are clearly and rightly your priority.

Thank you, Andrea... I am not sure I have said it enough. Finding your blog and you really changed my life at a time when I desperately needed it. Thank you, you are my SUPERHERO!

Posted by: Anna at July 30, 2008 04:54 PM

I've been reading your blog for a few years now and I believe you deserve to make a living from every creative thing you do--because you do it all so well. But I do get why some of the others are bothered by the thought of sponsorship. Just about every blog I read now has a ton of ads on it, and that certainly didn't used to be the case. And some of the blogs I used to read have become nothing more than opportunities for major companies to "give away" junk to readers. It is sad to see your favorite bloggers lose their original blog "identity" in the name of free swag. But I don't believe that's where you're headed, Andrea. It's just not true to who you are. I'm looking forward to seeing the new design!

Posted by: Surcie at July 30, 2008 04:45 PM

I think I see both sides and I think it is right and healthy to question as that seems to be a big part of what Andrea is doing with Superhero journal.

I myself am waiting to make any judgement until I see what the change will be. Attacking half cocked and scapegoating is damaging and fruitless.

Posted by: Connie at July 30, 2008 03:33 PM

I've read through these comments and I must say, I have tears in my eyes. I just don't understand why so many people are pessimistic. How they could read this writing, feel your spirit, and assume that you would make a choice--any choice--that would be inconsistent with spreading goodness in this world?

It's not you, Andrea, who is joining the death spiral by creating a place for sponsorship on this blog; but people who feed in negativity, who see every change as the worst possibility. The moment someone starts comparing Andrea Scher to a coke dealer, is the moment they should realize they've become so angry at the injustices of the world, they no longer recognize what true injustice is.

That's not the beginning of a deeper, meaningful conversation. That's frustration turning to hate. If we all choose to go there, then it's over. Anyone who has been reading here for any time should know that.

Andrea is not the dumping ground for every blogger and corporation that has disappointed you. I say that not because I feel the need to rescue her. I say it because I know it's true.

Posted by: Yolanda at July 30, 2008 03:19 PM

Blessedly many have already said it much better than I ever could so I'll keep it simple and just offer up my complete support. You should ALWAYS do what feels right for you--naysayers be damned. You have been nothing but a source of inspiration for me lo these many years not to mention a source of fabulous accessories. You're lovely and obviously well supported by the fantastic community you have drawn to you. Exciting stuff you have going on here...per usual!!

Posted by: Honey at July 30, 2008 02:45 PM

You know, when I read the call for 'sponsors', I immediately noticed that it was for fellow bloggers, crafters, writers, etc. I didn't read a warning that said, "McDonalds Ads Coming Soon." I don't know why some people are interpreting that as such. And also, why they feel as if, even if that were so, it were somehow inherently 'bad'? I hate corporate ads as much as the next person but I am all about supporting small businesses and crafty types and if there is a big supportive circle of folks supporting each other, where is the bad? If you don't want to look at ads for lovely scarves and art and beautiful books, then don't. Read Andrea's sparkling writing and view her gorgeous photos as you always have and skip the sidebar. Don't make her feel bad. Come on, people. Where is the love?

Andrea -- I think it's a great idea and it's your blog and your life and you do everything with such great intent. Don't worry about it, do what your heart says is good for you.

Posted by: Daphne at July 30, 2008 02:30 PM

Oy. This really bothers me. You wanna know why? Because I have a small blog that I pour all my heart and energy and thought and time into. I don't have the readership that Superhero does, I don't have sponsors knocking down my door. I don't even have stuff to sell yet, although I want to.

What bothers me here is the idea that a heartfelt and helpful woman of talent and intelligence should not be able to earn money with her work.

I want to make money with what I do. I want to keep doing what I love. Do I have to join wall street to make a living?

If I can't find a way to make money with what I have to give to the world, I am going to have to put it on the backseat, ignore it mostly and go back to a draining day job so my kids can eat.

I won't sell out. I won't become someone different because someone pays me for what i do. Why do you get angry at Andrea because she is trying to live in this world to?

I don't like what this says about how women's art and words are valued, frankly. It's okay to give it away, but you aren't allowed to be compensated?

Posted by: rowena at July 30, 2008 01:28 PM

this is such a good idea i want to punch it in the face (yep...still me, still reading) :) .

you go girl! you have given so much to the community, to others, to art and creativity. my hope is that this helps support you in all of your growth---new studio, more design, etc.

you are a superhero. much love to you and your family!

Posted by: amy at July 30, 2008 01:15 PM

My goodness people--if ads offend you so much, don't read them and don't click on them. But Andrea works hard on this blog, we've all benefited from it, and she certainly deserves to be able to make a bit of her living from it. Add to that the fact that she's proposed carrying ads from her fellow artists... I think it's a lovely and elegant way to support the artistic community, use her blog to her own advantage, widen all of our awareness of other creative people, etc. If you want an ad-free blog, you're all more than welcome to write one. But what Andrea does with this blog is all hers. And I think it should be clear to anyone who's gotten to know her in these pages that she's a person of great integrity and wonderful values, so I can only imagine the ads she chooses will reflect precisely those qualities.

Posted by: Amy at July 30, 2008 12:56 PM

I have had a crush on Andrea and her family for a few weeks now. Do you know how I found her? UBS (yes, the corporation/bank where I work) = New York Times = Cage Free Family = Chronicles of Me = Boho Photography = Andrea Scher. This then led me to Etsy = Mati Rose, Tiddlywinks, KA Compson, Barking Dog Design, Might Girl and oh so many others. Andrea’s blog has always had and been advertising = for her art, friends, creativity, inspiration and love. I’ve often wondered why she didn’t have sponsors given all of the traffic and interest she gets from her blog. Seems to make a lot of sense. I would never have found my Superhero and been aware of so many other fabulous Heros without ads and links leading me to her/them. Don’t you love that a woman can be an artist and support a family through an online journal and website? Don’t you love that a woman can actually make a living by inspiring other women to be Superheros? How cool is that?

Andrea and family, I celebrate you and look forward to your redesign. You are effortlessly super and undeniably heroic.

Posted by: JMK at July 30, 2008 11:16 AM

hi andrea. i'm wearing my superhero necklace today and maybe that's why I feel compelled to comment for the first time (having been an avid lurker for quite a while). I was excited to read your post this morning! This seems like a wonderful opportunity for thoughtful crafty superheroes of all sorts to join the gorgeous universe that you have created and share so generously with all of us. I trust your judgment and look forward to discovering all sorts of new treasures with you and the rest of the superheroes out there. xoxo kristen

Posted by: kristen at July 30, 2008 10:03 AM

I visit Andrea’s blog everyday. I recognize the unique opportunity to have a one-sided discussion with a woman who is fair, kind, intelligent, funny and creative. I return because I am never disappointed. Over the years I have purchased several of Andrea’s necklaces and have written her with the stories of when they have been worn and the comfort they have given. She always responds with a personal note. I spread the joy of Andrea’s words and her art whenever possible -- I guess you can say that our relationship is built on trust and respect. Relationships are complex; we need to give room for growth and exploration. We don’t express our love and admiration by keeping people firmly fixed in one place. I am looking forward to seeing what Andrea does next. One thing is certain = she won’t compromise her own personal ethic and creativity. Trust Andrea; give her space, people.

Posted by: Patricia at July 30, 2008 09:31 AM

"So, rock on, sistah! You are a solid, vibrantly colored big ole' oak tree, deeply rooted and reaching up and out, and this little wind storm ain't nothin' compared to your strength and knowing."

that is lovely. and it's also lovely to see your roots grow deeper and deeper over the years. i'm proud of you!
much love, celisa

Posted by: celisa at July 30, 2008 08:19 AM

p.s Andrea's Posse: I love your fierce love for her and your willingness to defend what she knows is a solid next step!

Posted by: Laura Neff at July 30, 2008 06:59 AM

WOW. Andrea, I just checked your blog for the first time this week. What a little tornado has been whipped up here! Cool. The world needs little tornados. It keeps us all awake, and I'm sure it's given you a GREAT opportunity to stay grounded and stay true to your heart despite the circumstances.

Personally, some of the blog entries of yours that I've gone back and looked up twice have been the ones wherein you list links to some of your favorite products, designers and artists. I trust your style, I trust your eco-savviness (sp?), and come ON, people! Shopping consciously is FUN!

And, the value I've gotten from your blog, what it's added to my life over the past many years, is well beyond what a sponsor could pay. And I'm sure it will continue to be so. We're still going to be getting the long end of the stick, by a mile!

So, rock on, sistah! You are a solid, vibrantly colored big ole' oak tree, deeply rooted and reaching up and out, and this little wind storm ain't nothin' compared to your strength and knowing.

xoxo,
Laura

Posted by: Laura Neff at July 30, 2008 06:57 AM

my goodness, quite a thread has developed here.
andrea, those who know you the very best,
who know your heart inside and out, we support you fully.
you have so generously shared so much and given so much
to all of us. you deserve nothing but support and abundance
and a big hunk of love.
there will always be the yappers, the critics,
carrying on about this or that, but they know nothing about you let em yap on, the love and support of your peeps will eventually drown out their noise, and they will find another person to attack and judge.
we however, have much more important things to do and to plan and to dream about. dont you let any of these neg comments distract you from what you know to be true.
xoxoxox
jen gray

Posted by: jen gray at July 30, 2008 06:13 AM

I think that as someone who has soaked up the fantastic writing inspiration and beautiful photography for free and never ordered a necklace that I cannot fault Andrea for wanting to make her website pay.

And I might be a potential sponsor ! :)

Posted by: m at July 30, 2008 04:41 AM

Hi Honey,

I'm with Kelly Rae, Boho, Jen Grey and various others who have left such positive comments on your move to sponsor other creative lovlies in this awesome community of support and Love, on your sweet blog.

I for one, if I could afford to, would love to have for you to sponsor my art.

Giving you my love and support and looking forward to the new look blog.

With love and hugs,
Toni

P.S. I'm loving the photo of your boys. Such sweetness.

Posted by: Toni at July 30, 2008 02:29 AM

Andrea, I totally trust your judgment and support your decision! You are an artist and you are a mother and we live in a society that does not support either. We live in a society that is, for the most part, set up to make you choose your career or your child (and so much more). This is an opportunity to be paid for your hard work while still being there for your child! I find this encouraging and I know from the hard working, thought provoking, self awareness you that you show us . . . you are making the best decision for you and your family!
Also, I am so loving that your man protects you, stands up for your good name! Kudos to you Matt! More power to you both;) Hope we can meet someday and have our little boys play together! XOXO -Leia

Posted by: Leia at July 30, 2008 12:15 AM

I am looking forward to your new design. I think that it is a great idea to have sponsorship from other artists,craftspeople, and writer. As someone who has worked in both corporate and non-corporate environments (i.e. mainly the arts), I have often thought that both could learn from each other. I think that it will be mutually beneficial to utilize your large audience to give exposure to the work of artists that you believe in. This is not selling out. She is re-inventing the standard model. Sister, I support you and would definitely buy sponsorship if I had a company.

I also wanted to say that a few years ago I was going to go to Andrea for coaching but couldn't because of a serious life threatening illness of a family member. I ask Andrea if she could say a prayer for him and she did as well as writing me a kind note. Andrea, has integrity, kindness, a good heart, and good business acumen. She is someone I would want in my corner as a friend or a business associate.

Best,

Posted by: Chalaundrai at July 29, 2008 11:40 PM

p.s. that photo is a gem!

Posted by: amy at July 29, 2008 11:25 PM

andrea: having soaked up your lovely, wise words and gorgeous photos for the past few years i have no doubt that your decisions will be right for you and your space. i share the concerns that i'm sure many people have about advertising and role of corporations in communities but absolutely none of that occurred to me when i read your post. your talent should be rewarded and in my eyes it has nothing whatsoever to do with selling out. a sustainable Superhero Enterprises is a good thing all around. take care.

Posted by: amy at July 29, 2008 11:11 PM

hilarious! ok, so i have been a lurker for about four years. i don't typically leave comments. but i like the husband's question.
to answer your question, matt, my objection is to the advertizing. let the artist sell her art. i would buy her books or subscribe to her online journal fo sho. just spare me the ads... no matter how "carefully selected" they might be. my bank does that shite. i get little emails and junk mail from carefully selected businesses i might care to do busnazz with. no thank you.

Posted by: allison at July 29, 2008 10:22 PM

hilarious! ok, so i have been a lurker for about four years. i don't typically leave comments. but i like the husband's question.
to answer your question, matt, my objection is to the advertizing. let the artist sell her art. i would buy her books or subscribe to her online journal fo sho. just spare me the ads... no matter how "carefully selected" they might be. my bank does that shite. i get little emails and junk mail from carefully selected businesses i might care to do busnazz with. no thank you.

Posted by: allison at July 29, 2008 10:22 PM

hilarious! ok, so i have been a lurker for about four years. i don't typically leave comments. but i like the husband's question.
to answer your question, matt, my objection is to the advertizing. let the artist sell her art. i would buy her books or subscribe to her online journal fo sho. just spare me the ads... no matter how "carefully selected" they might be. my bank does that shite. i get little emails and junk mail from carefully selected businesses i might care to do busnazz with. no thank you.

Posted by: allison at July 29, 2008 10:22 PM

hilarious! ok, so i have been a lurker for about four years. i don't typically leave comments. but i like the husband's question.
to answer your question, matt, my objection is to the advertizing. let the artist sell her art. i would buy her books or subscribe to her online journal fo sho. just spare me the ads... no matter how "carefully selected" they might be. my bank does that shite. i get little emails and junk mail from carefully selected businesses i might care to do busnazz with. no thank you.

Posted by: teeny at July 29, 2008 10:21 PM

Wow, did someone down there really just write that Andrea's adding sponsors to her blog is the moral equivalent of an oil drilling, vagina rejuvenating coke dealer that secretly plants TV sets into the backs or airplane seats?

Really? I think she clubs baby seals too...

For those of you against this, is the objection to selling art or to advertising?

Because Superhero Journal could just as easily become a subscription service. Readers (and haters alike) could pay Andrea to write. Or sponsors can pay her to write. But in either case, don't you think Andrea deserves to be paid for her art?

Or must the artist alone suffer a higher standard?

Posted by: husband at July 29, 2008 10:02 PM

Wow, did someone down there really just write that Andrea's adding sponsors to her blog is the moral equivalent of an oil drilling, vagina rejuvenating coke dealer that secretly plants TV sets into the backs or airplane seats?

Really? I think she clubs baby seals too...

For those of you against this, is the objection to selling art or to advertising?

Because Superhero Journal could just as easily become a subscription service. Readers (and haters alike) could pay Andrea to write. Or sponsors can pay her to write. But in either case, don't you think Andrea deserves to be paid for her art?

Or must the artist alone suffer a higher standard?

Posted by: husband at July 29, 2008 10:02 PM

i am opposed to advertising impacting every aspect of our existence.and I wish more of us would keep boundaries around our creative space and say "this is not for sale!" our culture is already so saturated with advertisers who directly influence the culture. remember the tv show designing women? the advertisers would not allow delta burke's character on the show be happy because the corporate sponsor was slim fast! and to be fat and happy was not supposed to look appealing! the truth and honesty of the writing is affected when corporate interests are footing the bills. i feel like the more ads infiltrate the blogs/ the less we will all trust in the integrity and honesty of the medium as a whole. and we continue to be overexposed to advertising on a daily basis and this is killing our creative spirits. it is creating a wound where we think we need stuff to fill the hole.

Posted by: Katie at July 29, 2008 09:43 PM

i am opposed to advertising impacting every aspect of our existence.and I wish more of us would keep boundaries around our creative space and say "this is not for sale!" our culture is already so saturated with advertisers who directly influence the culture. remember the tv show designing women? the advertisers would not allow delta burke's character on the show be happy because the corporate sponsor was slim fast! and to be fat and happy was not supposed to look appealing! the truth and honesty of the writing is affected when corporate interests are footing the bills. i feel like the more ads infiltrate the blogs/ the less we will all trust in the integrity and honesty of the medium as a whole. and we continue to be overexposed to advertising on a daily basis and this is killing our creative spirits. it is creating a wound where we think we need stuff to fill the hole.

Posted by: Katie at July 29, 2008 09:43 PM

Nowhere did Andrea say anything about utilizing "corporate sponsors." She mentioned artists and writers.

I don't think that offering support for Andrea's decision is trying to "rescue" her any more than criticizing her decision could be considered trying to "punish" her. Let's take a cue from Andrea and be a little more precise in our language.

Finally, how about instead of pointing fingers at individual bloggers we look at the structural, economic reasons why ad revenue is lucrative for bloggers. Andrea provides photography, resources, thoughtful commentary, and art to us nearly every day. She also raises a young child, life coaches, takes photos professionally, and runs a jewelry company. That is a LOT of jobs, and she's not living some high-falutin', spendthrift life.

So if in order to keep the free beauty and wisdom coming I need to look at a few ads touting blogs, or books, or life coaching, or anything else Andrea in her good judgment deems appropriate, I'm happy to do it.

Yes, there is a beautiful simplicity in supporting an ad-free existence. Andrea works at least four jobs and provides me with near-daily doses of the kind of inspiration that changes lives. I'll support that effort any way I can.

Posted by: Megan at July 29, 2008 09:41 PM

honestly am truly dissapointed in your decision to have a sponsor/ad column. am sure you mean well and have wrestled with this.keri smith says soem great things baout this on her blog "wish jar journal". ad-free blogsseem to have a more creative spirit about them. fussy keeps writing about products now, as does dooce in her style section. we don't need to buy anything. we are jsut trying to connect to other moms and we don't need to be made to feel liek we need to buy more things. we have enough. we are enough.

Posted by: Christine at July 29, 2008 09:22 PM

i echo kelly rae's words. i echo them loudly and am feeling so very protective of my dear friend.

she has given so much to our community. i just met a new person this past weekend that was moved my Andrea's fertility journey so much that it shifted her whole life. andrea's magic is felt all over the world and every decision she makes is from the heart, very well thought out and with the best of intentions for everyone included.

her choice to support other artists and friends have nothing to do with corporate america and she makes that very clear in this post.

andrea deserves the gentleness that she gives to the world.

your tribe loves you, honey...we've got your back.

Posted by: boho girl at July 29, 2008 09:18 PM

Oh, beautiful and talented Andrea~ I totally understand that you would like to be paid a little for your writing,maybe as a cushion for your creative work, but I do wish we could all jsut subscribe to your blog rather than be exposed to more advertizements.

I also wish instead of swooping in to 'rescue" you, the ladies would stop jsut for a moment and lsiten to the honest dialogue goign on here. It is sparking soemthign deep, tapping into something precious, I beleive.

With sincere respect and love, from a loyal and devoted reader!

Posted by: teeny at July 29, 2008 09:11 PM

i know i already chimed in here, but feeling a bit protective (and angry) so chiming in again.

people, don't displace your anger about corporate amercia/ads/etc onto andrea. she is simply creating a space for our creative community. don't make her out to be something she isn't. she is the wise, brave, lovely owner of this blog. everything she touches is magic and beauty. she is simply creating an opportunity for other independent business owners to stretch their wings.

i think lucille said it best.

Posted by: kelly rae at July 29, 2008 09:05 PM

Andrea, I trust you to treat your ads with the same care and thoughtfulness as you treat your posts. And if that stays the same, I hope you make some money that will allow you to do the things in life that you long to do. You deserve to both be yourself and have money in your pocket.

Posted by: Megan at July 29, 2008 08:56 PM

"Sponsors" = lame

Posted by: Amy at July 29, 2008 08:20 PM

I have to admit that I feel sad that even Andrea is for sale. I do trust you to make good decisions for you and your family. But I think that, for example, often times the people who drill for oil are just doing what is best for their family, at the expense of the collective "us." The people who make the styrofoam are just making a living for their families. The people who sell us vaginal rejuvenation are just doing what is best for their families. So are the coke dealers. I mean if you want to get technical, people can do whatever for a buck and say it is helping their families. Where does it end? I want to feel like there are some creative spaces left where ads don't rule. I agree with Kelly that this is a cultural sickness. Not everthing should have an ad on it. Not everything, not everyone, not everywhere. I feel a little sickened by this. I love your writing but don't want to be subjected to unwanted ads when I am trying to connect to another creative woman. I buy from you already. I ahve purchased multiple necklaces from you and am happy to support you in this way. I don't want to be blasted with ads when I am reading your blog. I flew on a plane to Paris recently and the tv screens in front of my seat all had advertisements. Long commericals. It makes me sick. I paid for the seat fair and square, full price, top dollar. I shouldn't have to be bombarded with ads I don't want to see on top of it. And when I went to the movies recently, Ipaid for my movie seat fair and square, yet there were commericals! Unbeleiveable! I don't like this, how people want to get ahead and make their own lives easier by selling more crap. This consumerist culture is making me feel depressed. I really never thought I would see ads on your Superhero Journal. I won't read it anymore becasue I am tired and sickened by the selling of America. You can paint it and dress it in pearls but that's what this is. ADS. Ads. ads. I feel so sad. Have you weighed this out? What are your thoughts on it?

Posted by: penelope at July 29, 2008 08:15 PM

'bout time, baby! :) I mean that in a good way of course - It's right on time, really!

Posted by: michelle at July 29, 2008 07:57 PM

I am so excited for you! I think this is a wonderful decision. Hopefully it will give you and your family more freedom to be your fabulous selves. You so ROCK! Thank you for sharing with us for five years!

Posted by: zany at July 29, 2008 05:40 PM

I'm so excited about the redesign! Can't wait to see... And I absolutely support you on the sponsorship! In fact, I'd be absolutely stocked to contribute and have my work featured and associated with your blog. You've given so much of yourself here and I feel so lucky to have experienced every bit of it. This is an amazing, inspiring, homey, cozy, delicious space! Your writing and your heart are so unique and the love we/I have for you can only grow no matter what/ how you post... Because I know it will be soulful and beautiful. Always. xo

Posted by: Gypsy Alex at July 29, 2008 03:52 PM

Okay, this is just the sweetest photo.

As for the blog... just keep doing what works for you, luv. :)

Posted by: wilsonian at July 29, 2008 03:28 PM

It didn't sound to me like Andrea was selling out or going to have, you know, those obnoxious ads on her site that have silly people dancing or whatever. The way I see it, she is extending space on her blog for creative, free-spirited people like herself to get some exposure by being on her blog.

That seems more to me like building a community than selling out. Notice she asked about blogs, crafts, books... She didn't say anything about corporate America or stuff like that. She was reaching out to US.

:-)

Posted by: Lucille at July 29, 2008 02:22 PM

It didn't sound to me like Andrea was selling out or going to have, you know, those obnoxious ads on her site that have silly people dancing or whatever. The way I see it, she is extending space on her blog for creative, free-spirited people like herself to get some exposure by being on her blog.

That seems more to me like building a community than selling out. Notice she asked about blogs, crafts, books... She didn't say anything about corporate America or stuff like that. She was reaching out to US.

:-)

Posted by: Lucille at July 29, 2008 02:22 PM

Fussy and dooce are just as talented as they always were, and their sites are just as fantastic as they always have been. Andrea, so will you be. Advertising is a postmodern version of the patronage system, and the best of the poets back in the day used their patrons as inspiration: they were springboards to their creativity, not limitations.

Best of luck to you, and good for you and your business expansion!

Posted by: anna at July 29, 2008 01:57 PM

You go girl.

Posted by: Susie at July 29, 2008 01:35 PM

i so agree with all of the positive support here.

i think it is amazing that you are supporting artists and friends this way. its all a circle of love and giving.

i look forward to your groovy redesign.

...and look how grooved out your boys are.
*sigh*

i love you and support and trust the decisions you make for you and your family. your posts will always be soulful because that's who you are. period.

xoxox

Posted by: boho girl at July 29, 2008 01:27 PM

Congratulations - continue to spread those wings!

And, by the way, today's photo is adorable. I can hear Ben making those cute sounds like in the video you posted.

I'm smiling!

Posted by: Colleen at July 29, 2008 01:21 PM

what i love about you is your ability to keep growing and moving and stretching, always while maintaining the really wonderful woman i have come to know through your writing. i cannot wait to see who you endorse as worthy of space on this blog. i know they will be excellent. go, girl!

Posted by: mamie at July 29, 2008 12:46 PM

totally agree with mostly everyone else on this. it's not about selling out. it's about providing a space and forum for other creative souls to get their work out there - and what better spot than on your lovely blog?
big hugs to you as you and your blog evolve! totally exciting!
xo

Posted by: kelly rae at July 29, 2008 12:24 PM

i agree with jen gray. you are a beautiful soul andrea and nothing can change that.

i would love to know more about advertising on your site. i am a small business owner/artist like you. supporting each other is only positive all around.

big hugs to you sweet one!

meesh

Posted by: meesh at July 29, 2008 11:37 AM

Congratulations on the new upcoming redesign, friend!

And to those of you who are expressing doubt: come on, this is *Andrea* we are talking about, here. She is incapable of writing anything that isn't pure of heart and thought. Flat out incapable.

Andrea, I, for one, support you and your rockstar family, in everything and all that you do. I can't wait to see the next chapter of the Superhero Journal! :)
K.

Posted by: Chookooloonks at July 29, 2008 11:22 AM

Ads on your beautiful blog? :(

xo glo

Posted by: glo at July 29, 2008 10:34 AM

Thank you for all of the support! I appreciate your kind thoughts and words... I look forward to having this community represented
on that side bar, a circle of support for all of us.

xo
andrea

Posted by: andrea scher at July 29, 2008 10:19 AM

Hooray! I'm really excited to see the new design and I think it's great that you're offering an opportunity for others to support your writing. I don't think of it as selling out at all. You can totally receive financial compensation for your creativity and still be true to yourself. The whole idea that artists must be above material needs is absurd. Creative people need to eat, too.

Posted by: Jolie at July 29, 2008 10:19 AM

LOVE this photo of ben and matt!! and i love the couch too!!

Posted by: celisa at July 29, 2008 10:09 AM

PS: that photo is gorgeous.
ROCK ON, ROCKSTARS, all of you!
highfive!

Posted by: yasmine at July 29, 2008 10:07 AM

Trust that you are always making the right choices for YOU. All is well, you are loved! Looking forward to the ever-evolving face of the blog!

Posted by: myriam at July 29, 2008 10:07 AM

Congratulations on the upcoming redesign, Andrea!

And while I understand Kelly's concerns, I have to echo Jen - hopefully the sponsorships while will grant you more creative time and the opportunity to sustain yourself and others, while still allowing you to create as freely and joyfully as you have in the past.

Can't wait to see how it all plays out - and I hope it plays out beautifully!

Posted by: yasmine at July 29, 2008 10:06 AM

this picture is pure magic andrea!

and i'm very excited to see all these new changes!

Posted by: vivienne at July 29, 2008 09:49 AM

Hooray! I can't wait to see the redesign, and I'm so glad you're finally going to earn some money for all the hard work you put into this site. Hopefully the extra cash will free up even more creative time and head space for you, and we'll all be the benefactors. I'm wishing you success, and thanking you for everything you've given so freely all these years. You are a goodie.

Posted by: Maggie at July 29, 2008 09:48 AM

i love this photo andrea, and wish i could hear what the boys were creating. im excited to see the new redesign and totally support
your invitation for sponsors. this has nothing to do with selling out, and this has everything to do with supporting others and supporting ourselves. thank you for giving so much of yourself to us over these 5 past years....nothing, certainly not a sponsor, could ever take away from how beautiful your heart is ...
love you
jen gray

Posted by: jen gray at July 29, 2008 09:41 AM

Yeah! Looking forward to the redesign.

Posted by: Megan at July 29, 2008 09:14 AM

oh no! please don't have corporate sponsors! fussy and dooce have sold out and get perks now, their writing has changed. don't sell out to the corporate greed. i was hoping you'd stay true to your writing like keri smith. you don't seem like a person who would walk around with a mcdonald's logo on your butt. this is pretty much the same concept. andrea your writing and photographs are creative and good. they are wonderful. you have creative talent, you have something to say. think about this. please. i trust you have a tiny nagging doubt about this. it is not right to put an ad on your beauty. it is not healthy for everything to be for sale. this is a cultural sickness. it is the selling out of america! can't anything be pure and creative and good in america anymore without ADVERTISING!?!?!

Posted by: kelly at July 29, 2008 09:00 AM

oh no! please don't have corporate sponsors! fussy and dooce have sold out and get perks now, their writing has changed. don't sell out to the corporate greed. i was hoping you'd stay true to your writing like keri smith. you don't seem like a person who would walk around with a mcdonald's logo on your butt. this is pretty much the same concept. andrea your writing and photographs are creative and good. they are wonderful. you have creative talent, you have something to say. think about this. please. i trust you have a tiny naggihng doubt about this. it is not right to put an ad on your beauty. it is not healthy for everything to be for sale. this is a cultural sickness. it is the selling out of america! can't anything be pure and creative and good in america anymore without ADVERTISING!?!?!

Posted by: kelly at July 29, 2008 08:59 AM

Yay! I'm wishing you more energy and time to set this up then I've had of late :)

Posted by: Meg at July 29, 2008 08:41 AM

I love this photo. I love this photo. I love this photo. And, I love this photo. This gets me in the heart. :) Congrats on the redesign! :)

Posted by: emdot at July 29, 2008 08:28 AM

Have you found the Elph yet? Is it between/behind the sofa cushions perhaps?

Posted by: marrije at July 29, 2008 08:23 AM