Yes it’s one of THOSE type of posts…but I’ve got to get it out of my head. It’s dancing around in circles all day, every day, and driving me a little bit insane. It’s keeping me awake at night.
The Blog has kind of morphed into something I’m not quite sure about lately. Room for writing about children’s learning, issues close to my heart and just personal reflection on parenting has been wiped out this week due to the number of sponsored posts going on.
I’m so so so aware of that. Even if most people aren’t (or are you?). The thing is…
a) Giveaways and competitions are going to be on the low after this, as I get the business up and running.
b) When I do get the business running, the blog will be morphing again, in a big way, and I’m not quite sure how it’s going to shape itself, but I don’t really want ‘sponsored’ posts getting in the way of that.
c) I really want to launch the business when I hit 1000 likes on Facebook, because I never thought I would hit that in my right mind, and it just seems like the right milestone to coincide with it.
I’ve been reading, GOMI. I can’t help it. I think I’m addicted to it as much as they are hooked on their ‘hate reads’. Like a car crash you can’t turn away from. Some of it I take on as good advice, and some of it I think is personal and hateful and awful.
Sometimes they make people who write sponsored posts and reviews seem like the biggest idiot sell-outs around. I haven’t been blogging long enough to have a hang-up about ‘what blogs used to be’….I just started blogging because I thought it would be a good way to get out of my headspace for a bit, and yes, I thought if I could make some cash one day, then that would be fantastic. I’m not ashamed to say that.
I review products I like. Sometimes I get paid, sometimes I get product *shrugs*. Advertising is the way of the world. Everywhere you go people are endorsing products whether it be in the media or on their personal Facebook page. They could be doing it consciously or not. They could be getting paid or they might not be. I turn things down if I want to and I say yes if I want to.
That in itself, was a learning process for me. There are some things I would take one look at now, and say ‘no way’. I’ve been used in the past – that’s not to happen anymore. This is my space, and I am learning to get picky about what I am providing to my readers (and myself). I can’t afford for it to be a space I run for free though. It just takes up too much of my time.
So my blog is not purely for pleasure. I’m trying to earn some kind of income. I’m not earning much of one at the moment, but I hope to one day. I’m not afraid to say that. I’m not a sell-out. I’m just trying to make something of it because the circumstances I’m in aren’t allowing me to go to work right now and I need to make some money.
So the blog is full of sponsored posts this week. There’s still a couple more to go. I’ve failed at the balance I had hoped the blog would have. And that is really bothering me. But it is what it is. New and exciting things will be happening soon, and I can’t wait! I hope people are willing to stay on the ride, even if it’s not perfect.
I’m still learning. Sometimes I get the balance right, sometimes I don’t. And the new business will have me trying to find it all again. But I hope to get it right.
What do you want to see more of on the School of Mum blog?