First off, I am a SAHM and DH works in marketing/web design/graphics etc. So he is a useful asset ;) and has a lot of understanding about how internet stuff works that I don't.
I have been working on a blog concept and starting to design the website myself (yay!), but one of the things that I have gone back and forth on is: to monetize or not to monetize. I know it's a ways into the future to know if said blog gets any substantial traffic, but it's worth considering. Many of the blogs I love monetize through affiliates (like amazon-through links to books and resources etc related to their posts- and companies related to their theme/values) and sponsors (ads) that are in line with their theme/values. I know other blogs are part of affiliate programs that just place banners and ads in your blog. Sometimes it looks aesthetically ok, other times it's weird.
So DH and I were discussing this matter and he's all about ads and so on. He kind of doesn't get my hesitancy about going against my aesthetic or values in order to potentially monetize.
Anyone here blog (with ads or affiliates)? Do you have standards? Do you regret using any particular program, or love another? Do the blogs you love use affiliates or ads? Curious! Thank you :)