Today on the Independent online was an article on Mummy bloggers titled "Is it a diary? Is it an ad? No its a mummy blog" (you can find the whole article here)
The more the times I read it the more I actually became quite angry with the piece, now I don't usually rant about things written in papers etc but today I thought I would!
Now I'm no expert in writing, I'm not a journalist or a writer my background is commercial and HR, so I kinda write how I speak, so please excuse me
Firstly I didn't start writing my blog because I was a "lonely" mum, I was a bored mum its very different! I didn't get into to blogging to do reviews, get in top 100's or make a difference. I didn't realise how big mummy blogging was when I started 6 months ago, I was jumping on bandwagon, I thought it would be fun and it is, most of the time
Do I get pitched products? Yes but I believe its because I do reviews plus I have my email on my blog, you can't blame them for trying or assuming that I will be interested. Do you find the same reviews on loads of blogs? Well yes and no, you don find that a group of Mummy Bloggers will do reviews on the same products, are the reviews all the same? No, everyone writes their own opinion of the product, I personally find the different views interesting. Are they perfectly written reviews? No, most of us are not trained writers or journalists, you not going to find that on my blog!!
Also as with any new product, service launch you will find lots of different reviews/articles on it. For example the Arctic Monkeys are releasing a new album, how do I know, well its every where, today I found a review in the Mail on Sunday 2 page 13, a mention in the News of the World magazine page 1 and a review on the Independent online here but that's OK!
I understand that some don't want to read reviews, that's one of the reasons I started my new blog, I don't want to stop doing reviews, yes I'm a swag hag and proud of it!! I don't review anything that I wouldn't buy myself, I'm a 100% honest and really really enjoy it
As for the Top 100, am I proud that I'm there? Hell yes, I'm sorry if someone puts you in a Top 100, (as long as worse is not in the tittle) you going to be proud and you want to stay there. Do I get frantic about it? About 3 days a month then I get on with bringing up my daughter!
I just feel the article was a little unfair and hashed together.
I'm glad that more and more mummies are blogging gives me something interesting to read!!
(Just realised I asked a lot of questions)