I’m feeling a little bit peeved at the moment – it’s not something that I would or could direct to any one person or even type of person but there has been a lot of critisism about Parent Blogging of late and the why’s and how’s of how it’s conducted (reviews, popularity stakes and all that).
I don’t have a ‘Top 10‘ or even ‘Top 100‘ blog and my follow list is moderate and manageable for my Twitter stream.
I do think about who I follow and sometimes it’s not about the conversation that ‘follow‘ will bring me. But what it definitely ISN’T is the follow list it ‘might‘ bring or the ‘popularity factor‘ and what it definitely, categorically and bloody well ‘soap . box . stomping‘ isn’t for is the FREE stuff I might get!
I don’t subscribe to ‘cant even remember the name of it‘ PR forum thingys and I don’t ask for stuff, never mind beg!
I do, from time to time do reviews, sometimes because they were sent to me by someone I have followed and interacted with and I happen to more than likely have experienced the product or thought “You know, this looks like something I would buy“- not to sit on my dining room floor gathering dust, but because I actually think that the ‘thinking process‘ behind some products are definitely worth shouting about.
Sometimes it’s a product I have bought and thought “Yay, I love this” and think it good practice to let other parents know what’s worth spending their hard earned money on, in a market of some rather ‘over-popularised products‘.
If I like something, I don’t just comment and think “Yeh, you’ve had your moneys worth – job done!” I happen to believe that it deserves a lot of support and that other parents ought to know about it.
Today, I have interacted with a few people who have previously touched a part of me that has opened up my tendancy to be somewhat passionate (sometimes confused with tantrums) and my desire to network and support whatever ‘moves me‘, whenever I can.
After reading bad press about the tendancies of some parent bloggers and how this has rubbed off on some of the absolute gems we have out there – I feel very passionate about the dissing of these gems!
get it rise to it at first – I read a while ago that it’s cheeky to ask to keep a product you review and that you should not expect payment.
Well no, I don’t expect anything! But I won’t have the fact I shouldn’t want to keep them rubbed in my face, when a company contacted me to ask for my opinion (giving my opinion value) and I have committed to give time, effort and publicity to my valued opinion, with what I think was my best shot (and some skill) at presenting my findings and experience.
For the record, the companies that I have reviewed the products of, have NEVER made me feel this way and I have sincerely enjoyed reviewing their products and plugging them for all that they are worth thereafter – they have genuinely deserved this!
I also know of a long list of parent bloggers who openly reject products that are not relevant to them and complain that they have been contacted by PR companies who have clearly not read their blog in the first place …….. would you believe it – the PR world are as guilty of mis-matching as the greedy bloggers who take what is not relevant!
In addition, along the way in my Tweeting and blogging experience of just over 1 year (I’m a Rookie) I have come across some truly inspirational and supportive people – yes that’s right, people sit behind those keyboards. And, like the WAHM (& D’s) who are passionate about the work they do – and want everyone to know about it, along with the companies who want you to notice their product (as well as interact with like minded people) …. There are some fabulous SAHM (& D’s) who have offered and maintained a network of support for everyone who asks for it and feels compelled to talk about it.
For those PR companies who critisice this method of interaction – “Do not bite the hand that feeds” – even if there are ‘some‘ hungry dogs out there who take more than they should of products for the wrong reasons and that are totally irrelevant to them! Instead – ask yourself who you should be targeting the product at in the first place and who’s opinion counts.
For those who only have time to operate the spam machines they set up to ‘receive‘ – followers, popularity and products, instead of interacting with ‘people’ – please unfollow me, I have better things to do with my day!
For those of you who feel passionate about what you do or are looking for something to feel passionate about and want to feel like you are making a contribution – I sincerely hope you find the means to make it happen!
And for those of you who don’t agree and feel it’s OK to make a mockery of a networking platform that is essential to all sides as a support tool and providing necessary information (as well as a few laughs and some
tosh fun along the way) – then please stop reading and join a “Follow Back” system for your numbers …. I’m not interested!
Disclaimer (well not really): I’m not a journalist, I’m not flogging anything, I do read blog posts, I do comment, I do enjoy a lot of what I read, I do genuinely feel compassion for a lot of people who need support and ask for it, I don’t generally sound off on here unless I feel I should -but I am fed up of reading playground politics and crap about who is worthy of noticing/commenting on here and who is not!
THANK YOU – rant over!
Well almost (lol) I am over my rant and this week fell across (very much accidentally) a very funny take on the blagging saga (read all of the links therein). This is a very funny, light-hearted (some might say brave), I would say cheeky and what about it …. post – that was added to a meme by @michelletwinmum (who wanted to re-write the rules to keep things calm).