This is a First…

Well, after over two years of blogging and 510 posts, I spoke with my husband and although I don’t feel entirely comfortable doing this, we have decided to make June “Help Support My Colombian Recipes Month”. I have never felt comfortable having a donate button, but as my fellow bloggers know, ads do not earn as much as some people think, and the site does cost money to maintain, never mind the cost of the food for the recipes! And, since we do not yet have a book to sell nor do we offer paid subscriptions to the site, we certainly could use some additional support.

If you are a regular reader, you may know that I am a stay-at-home mom with two children and therefore no income. Deciding to stay at home with my kids was the best decision I ever made, but cleaning up after my kids all day doesn’t pay very well :-) So, for the month of June, and perhaps beyond, there will be a donate button on the site.

Please do not feel obligated to contribute! My wish is that you continue to enjoy the site and feel 100% comfortable when visiting, regardless of whether you make a donation or not.

I have included a donate button below in this post and another in the right sidebar of this and other pages on the site. I hope I haven’t offended anyone and thank you for your continued visits and support.


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  1. Joanna Soto says

    You shouldn’t feel bad about doing this. You provide us with wonderful information that must take quite a bit of time to create. But…you should publish a book! I have a folder full of your recipes that I have printed out. My husband makes fun of me for always flipping through them,

  2. says

    I’m sure it was tough decision. Unless you’re a food blogger, people don’t realize how much work goes into what we do. It’s more than cooking…it’s all the background technical stuff, writing, photography, social media and community relations.

    Good luck!

  3. Sara Brown says

    I think you should try changing your “donate” button to say “buy me some ingredients,” or “buy me a cup of coffee.” I regularly buy “cups of coffee” for another blogger whose site I visit regularly, and it puts kind of a fresh, fun spin on it. I’d love to buy you some ingredients for your amazing recipes. I love your blog site, and I’ve told plenty of my friends about it. Thanks so much. Camarones a la criolla changed my life, lol !! 😀

  4. says

    Wow. This is a fascinating idea. I’d love to know how you think it works out during the month. Monetizing these sites is challenging unless you’re tremendiously popular–sort of like acting. Julia Roberts doesn’t struggle financially but how many thousands of other actors do? I hope that it works out for you!

  5. Margie says

    Erica, I agree with Sara 100%. Changing the language will make people feel less obligated if they see it as a contribution toward the next post. If I were blogging about food, I would change the button to say “Like the food? Buy some ingredients for my next recipe!”

  6. Samantha says

    Of course you should have a “donate” button – it says “donate” – just by the very definition of the word it means that you voluntarily give money. No one has to do it; it is just appreciated if someone does! :-) You should not feel badly about doing this. You put a tremendous amount of work into this and it is a joy to pour over and try the recipes!

  7. Mayra Acevedo says

    It is true, a lot of time is spent preparing for these meals, and even though it might be a simple dish it takes up plenty of time, even though it might seem like it doesn’t. I recenty found this website and just fell in love with all the recipes. My mom is from Medellin, Colombia and where we live there is not a Colombian Restarant in site. Instead now I can bring a little piece of Colombia back to her.

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