There are many ways of monetizing your blog. Banner ads is one of them, and Chitika does have the advantage of providing relevant ads for your content, and that can be a good boost for your blogging experience when you DO see an effect on your earnings.
There are many things to be said about the fun of blogging, but money in the bank DOES increase the fun in sharing information. Quality content does take time to research, and you do deserve to earn money when you make the effort of providing free articles to your audience.
Have fun, and do provide information in comments as you begin earning money online on what has worked well. If you have challenges, you are always welcome to write a comment. I welcome the chance to interact with all of you, dear readers - and success should be shared just like good karma.