this little blog has been going for almost 3 years now, and as it grew i began to receive enquiries about advertising & sponsorship opportunities from people all over the world. i’ve been holding off on that for a long time, because i wanted the blog to grow and develop naturally and, to be honest, i didn’t even really know what i was doing! to say that it has exceeded my expectations is a vast understatement – i enjoy blogging more with every day, and i often daydream about having more time to discover, create and share interesting content.

the main reason why i have made the decision to open the blog up to sponsorship is so that it would relieve some of the pressures of real life (i.e. paying bills) and will hopefully allow me to put more of my time and energy into the blog – because i LOVE doing it. and i want to keep doing it.

so, this is my first step in making my blog a grown up… or a young adult, if you will. i have been quite busy this week working on a new design which i launched yesterday (for those of you subscribed via rss – please take a look!) and you may have noticed that there is an entirely new sidebar to the right… just waiting to be filled with potential sponsors.

if you’re interested in advertising please email me at [email protected] and i will send along a fancy little pdf containing information about my stats and rates. there will be six ad spots available to buy on a month by month basis.

i find this picture quite funny because i don’t even have an iMac, haha.

in other news, one of my best and oldest friends Jessica and her fiancé Luke are getting married this weekend! you may remember Jessica from our now-stalled food series, as well as her blog & restaurant Nook. i am an official unofficial wedding photographer so hopefully i’ll be able to share some shots with you next week (as long as i get permission!)


  1. I can’t imagine how much time you put on your blog, but for me it is the best one out there. If sponsorship makes this blog even better, bring it on!

  2. I agree – the amount of time and effort is incredible!!

    Best of luck with these next ‘steps’, we’re all looking forward to what the future holds ;)

  3. So sorry to hear this (I hate advertising–if I want something, I will seek it out, thank you very much) but you must do what you must do. Just beware that the almightly dollar can impact creativity and motivation in ways that may be undesirable.

  4. Congratulations! Your blog is my favorite and it deserves to reign in some money for you.

    On a completely selfish note…please no flashing/animated ads? (They are beyond distracting but hey it’s your blog so do whatever the hell you want).

  5. Congratulations; I am sure that you will take this next step gracefully, though it’s true that we are always learning as we go along (isn’t it funny how some claim otherwise, as if babies were born knowing how to walk). Wishing you much kung hei in your endeavours… for what it’s worth, I am looking forward to the fun as your beautiful blog continues to grow~!

  6. It’ll take awhile to get used to the new look, but I like it! I like that you were able to create something that requires a lot of content, buttons, sidebars, etc. and still keep it clean and simple and pretty and easy to look at! Way to go!

  7. Congrats on the redesign and good luck with the advertising (the text in the ad spaces made me smile)!

  8. I keep wondering if I should do this too … we’ve had this conversation before. Maybe you’ll finally nudge me into taking action. All power to you Diana! I hope this helps your blog develop. I do completely understand the motivation: I’d like to make my blog ‘grown up’ too, and allow it to develop in a way that will give me more time and opportunities to work on it. Good luck!

  9. I love how the blog looks. I wish I could be a sponsor but alas I don’t have the funds to do so :(

  10. Great new look for the blog Diana: You have an excellent eye. I hope the sponsons will grab the opportunity to place an add in such as beautiful virtual space.

  11. I love the redesign! I’m all about color and am glad you added a few bits here and there, while still keeping a minimal, content focused page design. Bravo!

    And good for you! You have one of the most thoughtful, well-curated blogs out there and it would be just lovely for you to be able to make this your job. Wish you the best!

  12. Yay for some extra cash money! And trust me, the “almightly dollar” WILL NOT “impact creativity and motivation in ways that may be undesirable”. HA! You will forget the ads even exist most of the time.

  13. whoa whoa whoa, the new blog layout looks great! and you definitely deserve to benefit from sponsors, you always put together the most thoughtful posts <3

  14. Congrats on your new move and blog design- i have no doubt you’ll make a success of your new direction and wow on three years too!
    V x

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