Aside from the usual, ” I have no time” excuse, I also have many more reasons why I don’t read or refer your blog. I’m not talking about all of you of course but a lot of you.
A while back I needed a few bloggers for a campaign (I’ve done this a few times) and even though I knew of many that might fit, I decided to visit each blog and see what’s been going on with them. It was at this time that I realized that almost every single blog I visited had at least 80% reviews and giveaways. I was so sad. I was sad because it took this long for me realize what some of those other bloggers were talking about. I knew there were review bloggers and all but I guess I hadn’t realized that non-review bloggers turned into review bloggers whether they realized it or not.
As I skimmed through the sites of some of the people I have known for while, I kept thinking about how I remembered their blog and the fact that they shared family moments, personal struggles and big dreams. And now it’s review/giveaway, review/giveaway, coupon mention, giveaway, review, review, family moment, etc……I remember when I first started blogging and how giveaways brought in traffic so I did them and I got free stuff so I reviewed them….but then I also got smart and realized that there needed to be more substance to me and my blog. While I may not write amazing content, I do share bits of me and my family and my struggles and achievements. I do feel as a person, I’m more than the constant reviews and giveaways and want my blogs to reflect that. Heck, I even felt bad about posting three giveaways back to back awhile ago and apologized to my readers.
If you want to do reviews and giveaways nonstop that’s your business, but I’m finding that those very two things are what’s driving me away from your blog, you, and keeping me from referring you to companies. Not that it matters because judging by a few things I see these days, companies are working with pretty much anyone, no matter the quality of them as a person or their blog.
I’ve been in a funk for the past 7 or 8 months, came out of it not too long ago for a few days, then went back into it again. I finally realized that maybe this “mom blogging” isn’t for me. I’m happy to continue things here and at my food blog but I need more stimulation. I need to be a woman……not just a mom (although I thoroughly enjoy that roll). It made me realize that I need to do something about the funk and not just sit and let things ago until I’m so depressed that i just end up quitting. On July 1st, I’m launching a new site. A site that will provide that stimulation for me, and hopefully you.
I never did refer any of those bloggers. In fact, I told the company that, “I can only recommend these three.” because I just wasn’t going to put my name and reputation on blogs that went from blogs with meaning to a review/giveaway type blog. You can make money and get cool things to review and still remain authentic. You don’t have to turn your blog into that you know…or do you? There are couple of bloggers out there who do a lot of reviews and giveaways who, that if they really wanted to, could be so much more and probably even make more money. I hope they see their potential and take action. In the meantime, I hope that you find your true calling and remember that your blog is a reflection of you a person. How do you want to remembered online?