– A website containing the writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations and opinions, etc.,
– A person who tries to obtain or achieve something by persuasive talk.
– To obtain by wheedling or cadging
I am a Blogger. This is my blog. I started my blog back in June 2011. I had attempted a blog a year or so prior to that, but gave up. I love writing. I have gone through more shit in my 29 years of life than most won’t ever experience in their lifetime. I like to think I am wise and knowledgable. I like to think that my experiences may help others.
THIS is why I started my blog.
I do the odd review of a product I like or the kids may like. I do some sponsored posts to get a little pocket money. But that is all it is. Pocket money. I do not believe that you can “earn a living” from blogging that so many think you do.
It has only been this year that I have had many offers to review products, sponsored posts and attend events. I do not accept every offer that drops in my inbox. I accept those I believe that can work on my blog.
I still feel like a newbie. There are so many bloggers out there who have been doing it for so much longer, and I admire them all. There are also bloggers who started around the same time as me and their blogs have just taken off immensely. I am still a very small fish in a large pond, with thousands of other fishes all fighting to have their voices heard.
For me, my blog is my outlet. Without trying to badly quote Celine Dion – It’s my voice when I cannot speak. It is my thoughts and feelings when I cannot convey the words in to speech. It is where I make sense of the bad things, where I document the good and where I relive those special moments for weeks, months and even years later.
Everything else that comes from my blog is a bonus and I am grateful for every single opportunity that comes my way.
This is why it really annoys me when I see people setting up blogs for “freebies”. I see endless messages of how someone is new to blogging but wants this to review and who do they contact to get it. Or they shamefully tweet companies out of the blue asking for products and linking to their newly established, mainly empty blog.
These types of “bloggers” are referred to as Blaggers. In my eyes, being a blagger is not good. You will piss off people. Bloggers put a lot of time and effort in to the content for their blogs. They pride themselves in all they do. I am not saying that blaggers do not put in the same effort – but the outcome is different.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, or are new to blogging, and want to review products for companies – then don’t be a blagger! Write good, original content on your blog. Use grammar and spell check. Review products you already own and love (or even products that have disappointed you as it’s good to see positives and negatives!). Grow your blog. Grow its readership and following. Get active on social media. Interactive with people and other bloggers. Join the many different blogging networks out there. But most of all – remember it takes time! You cannot set your blog up and expect loads of requests to fall straight in to your lap. PR’s and companies want you to show them what you can offer them. Show them how great your blog is. Take pride in your writing – and don’t beg!!!