If you have come to this blog more than just this once, you know that I am a totally new blogger, I am not even past my first month yet. (But thanks for coming and a warm welcome!)
I might actually not survive the end of the month as I have signed up for NaBloPoMo (which means a post a day for the month of November) and it is totally killing my social life and the Fun part of my blog title. Well, not really the fun stuff, but it is killing the housework part, and this family needs clean clothes so you see that there is a problem of sort.
Anyhow, going back to this post, I was planning a totally different subject for today, but I can't help but getting involved on this ongoing debate about bloggers in general, and especially mummy bloggers, being in it to blag stuff. You might be among a small group of people who actually reads this, but here it is, my honest view and I promise I'll go back to fun or at least mum stuff tomorrow.
A few articles and posts have been written of late about the new breed of "mummy blaggers". There is a distinct feeling, it seems, that quite a few people are setting up a blog in order to go to PR companies and blag free stuff to review and then keep, from trivial things like nappies to a few toys for the kids or even expensive pushchairs or holidays.
Whilst I am writing my blog for pure escapism and because I feel that I have something to say, even if it is just to nobody, I am also start to feel a bit uncomfortable with this concept that a lot of new bloggers are just in it to blag. I am especially uncomfortable with it when the view is shared amongst some "established" bloggers who started the game a few years ago and now feel that the new blaggers are ruining it for them.
I have checked out "established blogs" full of ads, competitions and sponsored reviews and "new blogs" full of integrity and genuine endorsements that did not come from a PR request or freebie. Of course, I have also seen the exact opposite. So what is going on?
I think that everyone is missing a crucial element in this debate, the audience.
The advantage of a blogger versus a journalist is the fact that there are no advertisers' needs to meet (unless one chooses to have advertisers) and that you know for a fact that someone is coming to your page to read your own thoughts, whilst in the context of a newspaper or magazine, one journalist can never know for sure the likes or dislikes of the readers and what brings them to but that specific title.
Digital media and social media are much more dynamic and transparent so there is much less hiding. If a PR company is happy to build relationship with someone because they value the audience, then great. If they smell a rat and a bogus blogger, then just move on. The world if full of people trying to blag freebies or sell us something, if you are not interested, you just move on, as such is life.
But please don't blame this on the newbies because that is a bit unfair to the thousands who start a blog every day for themselves, their families or to connect with new people. It is also unfair to blame the blagging trend on the newbies when they clearly must have got the idea from someone who has perhaps been at it for a while and has been boasting about that free holiday or trip to Disneyland a few times too many.
It is much easier to point the finger at the new crowd instead of looking at the blogosphere as a whole.
I just wish the discussion was about good honest bloggers and bloggers who are just out there to get a few products or what not. I do start to resent the fact that the conversation has become a divide between the old faces and the new faces. Social media does not sit still and whomever thinks they have cracked it by having got there first might find out that the community is actually moving away without them and that someone else out there has just come up with something better or more engaging.
That's all folks, that's just the opinion of little new me.
PS: I have dedicated entire posts to great product finds such as the Manduca baby carrier or the Peke Moe sleep sack. I think that the reader can see that I paid for those items and that the whole point of my stories was to save someone else the hassle of searching for something good. So don't call me a blagger or I'll be upset.