Just a quick advertising update!

I’m bringing it back people! FREE SPONSORSHIPS ON SUNDAY MORNING SUGAR! Read on for details :).

Each month I’m going to have a group of bloggers or shops promoted on my sidebar. I am not going to charge for the spaces. Instead, if you would like to be featured on Sunday Morning Sugar for a month, fill out the following questions and submit them to me SundayMorningSugar@yahoo.com.

1) Your name, your blog/shop’s name, and your links

2) Why you think you should be (or why you want to be) featured on Sunday Morning Sugar?

3) *OPTIONAL* Something interesting/exciting that sets you apart from other applicants :). I like to learn a little bit about my sponsors so this is just a fun question!

As far as the statistics for Sunday Morning Sugar go…

-In the past month I have received 3,500 page views. This number is raising quickly!
-I have 225 followers on google reader and a handfull of followers using other “readers” like Blog Lovin’.
-Most of my readers are in the U.S. but I have visitors from all over the world including Canada, the U.K., Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and Mexico.
-I generally post once a day and I try to take the day off on Friday but…it doesn’t always work that way. I post an average of 7 times a week :).
(last updated on September 29th)

I can’t wait to hear from you :). I’ve gotten great feedback from past sponsors.

I am now accepting applications for October. Only FIVE spots are open this month so if you’re interested, email me quickly!! Please e-mail me with the questionnaire to be considered for sponsorship!

Blog Sponsorship–What’s your stance?

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re probably rolling your eyes at the title of this post. I’m not new to the blog sponsorship game–I’ve had sponsors in the past–but I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a system that works best for me.

Sponsor the sugar

I’m going to warn you right now that I voice some strong and sassy opinions in this post. Please, don’t be offended. This is just my view on sponsors and I’d love to start a dialogue so that I can hear your feelings as well!

I’ve offered both paid and free sponsorships, sponsor spots that kind of sat there and sponsors who guest blogged and gave things away. When I gave my sponsors the opportunity to be extremely active (guest posts and giveaways galore) I felt like I was sacrificing the integrity of my blog content in order to offer a cool sponsorship program. But I realized that there are few things I dislike more than seeing a blog I really enjoy totally deteriorate when they have sponsors. I love free stuff as much as the next girl, but when a quality blog turns into giveaway-a-palooza I stop reading because the content is gone. I also don’t like to host a bunch of giveaways because I feel like the people who follow you just to win a giveaway aren’t going to stick around. Fake traffic, as I like to call it.

Anyways, this rant isn’t just for funzies. You see, I really would like to offer sponsorships. I think it’s a great opportunity to support growing blogs/businesses/bands and it’s also a wonderful way to network and experience blogs or businesses you may have never known about otherwise. I think sponsorships have the potential to be extremely valuable for both sponsor and host and I want to be a part of that. Unfortunately, adding sponsors adds stress. It can be extremely difficult to coordinate sponsorships and at the very least it’s a bit time-consuming. So, my question to all of you is this…

If I offer sponsor spots for small rates ($5 for a small spot, $10 for a large spot monthly), would there be an interest? Or are you happy with a sponsor-free world here on the Sugar? If I do start up a sponsorship program again, I won’t post a million giveaways (no more than I post now) and the content of my blog will stay the same (though the recipes might be a bit more sophisticated!) I would love to hear any and all opinions on the topic–whether they are positive or negative. Just be nice :).

Can’t wait to hear what you all have to say on this!

Best. Readers. Ever.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but you all are literally the best blog readers a girl could ask for. I wouldn’t be where I am if none of you cared to read what I say so thank you times a million for that! This morning, TWO of my readers did some wonderfully sweet things for me and I’m blown away.

First, I came home from class and had this GIANT box waiting for me at home. I LOVE getting mail so I was already pumped up.
SOS Pillow
Then I opened it and saw this CUTEEE packaging (seriously, that sheep ribbon is killing me) which was accompanied by the most heart-warming card.
SOS Pillow
What was inside all that wrapping, you ask?!
SOS Pillow
SOS Pillow
THIS PILLOW! Quick story: A girl commented on one of my blog posts a longggg time ago and when I went to her blog she had a post about these really cool pillows she was making for her etsy shop. I didn’t know who she was but I distinctly remember following her blog hoping she’d post a DIY or get her etsy shop up and running so I could buy one of these pillows. Turns out, she’s one of my great blog friends now and she sent me a pillow because she’s the sweetest. I am sooooooo excited to give this little guy a home :). It fits in perfectly here in my city! Thank you, thank you, thank you Mackenzie! Clearly, all of you should head over to her blog and see for yourselves just how great she is.

Next up, a newer reader around here nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. When I first started blogging I used to be SO jealous of the ladies who received these awards so I’m blown away that someone has nominated me for one (The lovely Chrissy passed one along to me too). Thank you sooo much to Simonette (I hope I got that right!).

So the rules of this blog award are to thank the one who bequeathed it to you (check!), write seven random facts about yourself (see below), and pass it along to fifteen other bloggers (ehhhh that’s a lot…).

My Seven Facts:

1) I am a TOTAL morning person. I have never met anyone else who feels this way. I am generally happiest when I’m up with the sun!

2) I don’t really like movies that I know will have a happy ending. I feel like that’s really predictable and I’d rather spend my time watching something that keeps me on my toes.

3) I always wear two rings–one is a tiny house that my best friends Sean and Kristina bought for me and the other is a set of stackable rings with hands that hold each other. That sounds so confusing. Maybe I’ll post a picture of how they work sometime. It’s a seriously cool ring, I get compliments on it all the time.

4) I am too impatient to wait for my nails to dry after I paint them so there is always at least one nail that has a huge bump in it.

5) True Life: I spend way too much time reading blogs.

6) I loveeeeeee to read. I’m always reading like a million books at once. Right now I’m in the middle of 12 books. They’re all strategically placed around my apartment/life so that whenever I reach for something to read there’s a book to meet my needs.

7) I spend almost all of my money on food. I love to cook/eat out so when I get my paycheck I’m usually at the grocery store picking out something new and exciting to cook or going out to a restaurant (new or old) to inhale something divine.

I was supposed to give this to fifteen other bloggers but that seems a little bit obnoxious to me so I’m going to give it to three ladies that I’ve been enjoying a lot recently.

1) Kate’s Irrelevant
2) My Little Artichoke
3) All Dressed Up

Sighhhh you guys are the best :). I’ll be back tomorrow with a lateeee Vloggin’ Vednesday and some other goodies.

xoxo
Mal

Sponsor lovin’

Hello friends,

Have you had a chance to check out my incredible sponsors this month?! I’ve been meaning to talk about them all week but having sponsors is new to me so I keep forgetting :). Let’s break it down, shall we?

Run with Scissors
janel
Janel, the lovely lady behind Run with Scissors, is one of my blog friends and was one of my first regular reads. I’ve been following her for over a year now and I always love the uplifting things she has to say about the world. Be sure to check out her blog where she posts beautiful art journal pages, photos of her quaint home, and dreams for her future! She also has a etsy shop full of goodies.

Much Love, Illy

Ilene is my honorary sponsor this month! I love her blog, her sweet personality, her adorable poppy headbands, and I wish she still lived in Chicago so we could eat some good Chicago food together. She’s a dream of a reader and leaves me the most genuinely sweet comments in the world. I can’t gush enough about this girl! Go read her blog :).

Eben Lemon

Miss Emma has been one of my more interactive readers here on Sunday Morning Sugar and I am ecstatic to have her on a sponsor! Where to even begin with this girl!? She’s super sweet, very clever, and has a fun etsy shop where she sells both vintage and handmade items. Emma will be back later this month with a little interview so you can get to know her better!

I’m currently accepting sponsor spots for the month of January! Email me (SundayMorningSugar@yahoo.com) with any questions or if you are interested in sponsoring the sugar! And please take some time to check out my current sponsors. They’re all fabulous ladies. I’d also like to note that I’m open to forms of payment other than cash for sponsor spots (crafts, blog design work, etc.) so feel free to email me with your best offer!

I’ll be back this evening with a Sunday quote and a pretty picture!!

xo
Mal