*Disclaimer* This is a touchy topic – I’m no expert – so feel free to weigh in and give me your opinion.
You know when something has been running through your mind for a while, and you’ve got lots and lots of thoughts on the matter but you can’t seem to regulate them to make sense? I’ve had this issue with blogging/bloggers for so long, but I just couldn’t get it to come out right.
But it all culminated yesterday when I read the comments section of this post on Sometimes Sweet.
For me blogging is about capturing the pieces of our lives that I want to remember and that I want the kids to remember. Ensuring that our blog contains original and interesting content is a battle that I face all the time. I have no delusions of grandeur in thinking that people will actually pay me money to do it – although I’m obviously not adverse to it, (because money) but I am not expecting it to happen.
At the moment advertising via bloggers is still very limited here in South Africa. The bloggers that are connected to big brands are sort of revered while the rest of us just amble through, and for the moment it really comes across as a “cut throat” business (even though it’s not a business – because successful business means money!).
Everyone is in it to win it and it’s like a huge competition. I honestly can’t even say that I have made friends blogging, because although I have made connections, it’s like trying to become a cheerleader when you’re the most uncoordinated kid in the class.
Every blogger and their cat wants to be selected by PR companies to do “sponsored” posts or get things from awesome brands to review (and keep) – I don’t think that I am alone in the pang of jealousy I get when others have an awesome giveaway. I mean, I’m happy for them, but like, why not me? Then I want to smack myself upside the head because we have been super blessed here at 321, we have had more giveaways and reviews than I ever thought possible.
As you can see, I sometimes lose sight of what my goal is here. Jealousy is not my goal. In fact letting jealousy eat up even one little bit of my happiness just isn’t worth it. Even worse is any self pity. Easy to say, but it’s hard to not take these kinds of things personally when you pour a little bit of your heart and soul into every post for the world to see.
So with all that in the back of your head, can you as a reader, tell me what you think about 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and 1 Old House?
Take this little survey to tell me how you feel about sponsored posts, but then also stop by the comments to let me know what you enjoy reading about on our little corner of the web. Is it the I’m A Mom With Tattoos posts that interest you, is it the general parentingness that you relate to?
Let me know what you think, I can take it.