So this has been simmering for quite some time. I just need to get it out there – for the non-bloggers, the readers, family and friends…and for myself.
There seems to be this underlying thing that I just ‘get stuff’, and in the blogging community, there’s a little bit of ‘selling your soul’ feelings if you work with brands. Reservoir Dad wrote about it here in his decision to end writing sponsored posts.
I love writing. I love personal writing and corporate writing. I like spinning words and it doesn’t really matter who or what my purpose is. They all bring their own, unique challenges.
When I get sent items or cash to review products or write sponsored posts, it makes an income. Sometimes I am not given payment – but an experience we would not receive had it not been for the blog.
Things that some don’t see is that I turn down opportunities a lot and for a number of reasons…Sometimes the brand or PR don’t want you to disclose that you were paid. Sometimes they want you to write about a 20 dollar product for nothing more than that 20 dollar product. And sometimes it’s just a product that isn’t suited to family/education.
The other thing is the website costs money. Minimal but money nonetheless. Monthly hosting fees and a fee for security to stop the endless spam. And then cash spent updating themes or designs. Time spent blogging, liasing, running giveaways.
And I really like running giveaways and giving people things their family might not have or just something to treat themselves.
My blog is work. I would love to have time to just blog, or write a book, or be precious about it. But at the moment I don’t. I like the fact that I can contribute to my family, that we can receive products that will save us money in the long run, and that I can provide competitions to my readers.
It’s business. Working for brands might be selling your soul to some, but I just see it as an extension of PR. That’s all. What I make is comparative to the time I can spend at the moment – and I’m happy with that. Anything that benefits my family and the readers is a good thing to me.
In saying that though, I’m really looking forward to combining my networking with brands I’ve worked with for some causes for charity in the future and there’s been some fantastic discussion on School of Mum’s Facebook page about some of the options available. I can’t wait to get stuck into that.