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My Amazon affiliate earnings were finally enough to earn me a gift card (yay!), and totaled a surprising $151. What's even more amazing was that people using my links bought $2750 worth of stuff, most of which was in December (holiday shopping, I guess). I can see the items, but not who purchased them, so if you're reading this, thank you :)
Project Wonderful, which had worked so well for me in the past, was a bit of a dud in 2012. I made about $7, and since it costs $1 to withdraw money from my account, it's not worth doing yet.
I love working with BlogHer - they're just really nice people and sometimes they feature my posts, so that makes me happy too. I earned $58 from the sidebar ad the entire year. It's not a lot, but it's nonzero, so yay. I also earned $120 for book reviews, plus 6 free books including The Fault in our Stars, which was amazing, and which I never would have found on my own. Not even sure how I'd put a value on how much I loved that book. I also "sold out" my social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for $100 to do a few sponsored posts for them.
So my total earnings for 2012 (estimating the books at $10 each) was just under $500. Certainly not "Quit Your Day Job"-worthy, but surprising to me nonetheless.
You've probably already figured out that I have no problem using my blog to make money - I don't have guilt about selling out, or feel like it's a conflict between my art (or writing or whatever) and the almighty dollar. It's an experiment for me on how monetization works, though I'm still fairly certain I don't want to put in the huge effort it would require to have a truly lucrative blog (if I could even come up with THE idea that would work).
So I'll just carry on, writing what I want, when I want, and reading a few good books along the way. What's not to love?