Moving to a new eczema blog at WordPress.org

I am moving this blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  The new blog will be at http://www.solvecezema.org/eczemablog

The main differences:

1)  Additional pages, including a separate page for Off-topic posts (posts not related to Solveeczema.org or eczema, though many will be health-related).

2) A few carefully-chosen ads related to the recommendations I already make, and a “shop” page with more recommendations. Over the years, many people have suggested this for the site to make it easier to find everything at once. I still can’t provide one place to get everything, because the shop capability is with Amazon rather than Drugstore.com (which has more of the recommended products).

(Here’s what the “shop” looks like: Amazon.com Store  )

The blog is still not a commercial blog per se — the information is still free and no one has to buy anything that I recommend to get the benefit of it — but I decided to start monetizing through affiliate relationships for a few reasons.  Most importantly, I have operated the SolveEczema website and blog as hobbies all these years.  In that time, it has helped many people all over the world. I always had the goal of a medical study and publishing in scientific literature.  In order to devote the time and energy necessary, I have to find a way to make it my work rather than my hobby.  Donations have helped defray the costs associated with the site, but I have not pushed donations and most expenses of the site have been born by me.  Monetizing the blog through affiliate relationships — earning a small percentage of sales if people click on ad links to make their purchases — was a first obvious step to generating some income to allow me to pursue this as work, especially since I already recommend products.

In the long run, my dream is to have a social business that supports a foundation to problem solve ostensibly intractable diseases and medical conditions, where I believe the answer already exists in medical literature and solutions require problem solving rather than new science. This is the first step.   Thanks for your support!

http://www.solveeczema.org/eczemablog

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