A right to respond – bloggers vs blaggers!
This weekend has been a busy one in the blogging community, from Sian’s post Mummy bloggers beware to Helen’s post Bloody Pr’s and blagging bloggers to Joanne’s The journalists perspective. I thought I’d stick my two penny worth in as I have been thinking about it over the weekend.
I have asked for specific items for review and I expect I will do again. However I don’t think that makes me a blagger but I am trying to make something of my blog. I spend hours writing, reviewing and reading other blogs. If I see a product I think is interesting and a press release is on Kids4Media I may email asking if there are any samples in exchange for a review. Equally I have lots of emails with press releases sent to me some I follow up others I don’t, but it doesn’t bother me if its irrelevant I just hit delete or pass it on to someone it might suit.
For me reviewing started as one of the Toyologists for Toys R Us last year and I think this campaign was so widespread other people thought oohh I maybe able to get involved in something similar. Blogging is a hobby, but I find myself sitting at home after being forced to into taking a year off work due to Erin’s treatment and if I can make some money from sponsored posts, advertising and get some products that I review I will do it, but I put the hours in. My time is what I am selling, the time it takes to test and write up, photo or vlog. I am not blagging a freebie!
A few of the comments have made me chuckle this weekend, such as I have never asked …. really because I think you have! It may not be blatent sending a email through RS or K4M but I know lots of bloggers that have directly contacted PR’s and agencies asking to be put on lists of bloggers and introducing themselves that way. I certainly did and from the many threads on bloggers forums I bet lots of others have! I also ‘follow’ some PR’s on twitter hoping that they read my blog and maybe a relationship will develop.
I have noticed that quite a few compers have now started blogs, I myself was very into comping two years ago and that is how I first found blogs and I expect its the same for others. Some may have thought, cut out the middle man of the competition, write a blog and have access to the PR that way – however it’s not that easy. Everyone who has maintained a blog knows that it takes time and hours to develop a blog, it is not a short cut and anybody that thought it was probably falls by the wayside very quickly.
One interesting comment has been that no one really likes reading reviews – well my top three ever posts in terms of hits are all reviews, Quinny, Graco and storycubes. They may not attract comments and the interaction but they do attract readers. Yes yes they may not come back, be loyal Emma and 3 readers, bounce rate etc but they do come to read these reviews regularly.
I will keep doing what I do, I enjoy it and I like reviewing and I also like writing about my family and the things we get up to. Besides I have got time on my hands now I am a stay at home mum so if anyone wants to send me some lovely bits and pieces – carry on!!