I wondered whether or not to write a post about this over the weekend……….I didn’t. Then I changed my mind and now I am! Reading the posts over this weekend and taking part in NaBloPoMo this month has really got me thinking about my own blog and what I want from it.
When I started my blog I had no experience of the blogging world at all, I had very little knowledge of Twitter – I am a Facebook gal myself!! In fact I was (and still am pretty clueless about it all!!) I am learning as I go along and trying to learn quickly and develop my Blog. I met the lovely Baby Genie at the Huggies Pull Ups shoot and she kindly pointed me in the direction of WordPress and off I went!! I had thought about writing some sort of journal for a while, but the world of Blogging was there totally undiscovered by me until recently. I have been amazed at the amount of absolutely fabulous blogs that are out there and I love reading them, my inbox is constantly flowing with new reads and I love it!! Whenever I get a minute, or more likely when I am supposed to be doing some boring housework tasks you will find me sat with my iPod reading away!
There are a lot of great blogs out there reviewing great products. As a newbie to the blogging world I think it is easy to be enticed by looking at all these reviews and think “I want to do some!” After all who would say no to free stuff eh? From what I can gather in my very new and very uneducated opinion……reviews are hard work, if they are done properly they take a lot of time and effort and should not be looked at as getting “free stuff” at all. You have to work hard to build up your readership and then make sure you give an honest opinion of any products that you are lucky enough to be able to review. If the PR’s and companies stopping giving stuff out then there would be no reviews to do, they continue to use Mummy Bloggers, so therefore the reviews must have an impact somewhere?
If there are Mummy Bloggers out there just doing it for free stuff then surely there Blogs would not become successful and would not have a high enough readership to leave them in a position to be able to do reviews?
My intention for my blog, was not to be a reviewer, in fact I genuinely didn’t even realise that this was something that bloggers did so much of (when I said earlier I am clueless I really did mean it). But reading so many blogs made me think that actually doing product reviews was the norm, and perhaps my blog was not good enough because it doesn’t have any? So I did start to seek out reviews and those who have read my blog will know I have done a couple of reviews. If I was approached and a product will be of use to me and my family then I will happily review it! Does that make me a blagger? Maybe? Probably!!
So for now I will continue with my “sentimental guff” however, if I am honest I actually LOVE sentimental guff!! I will continue as I am, jabbering away about life with my babies, after all that is what my blog is about! So far I am happy with my little part of the Bloggersphere, reviews or no reviews does it really matter? If people don’t like what I do, they won’t read it!! Simples!
Head over to take a look at the other posts that have been written over the weekend on this subject!
NaBloPoMo Post Number 7!!! 23 to go! 🙂