I think I may have lied a bit last night.
The guy who was hanging out to the right of me at the Dave Matthews Band concert. He asked me what I do. I said, without hesitation and without blinking, I write. I. Write.
He didn’t take that as my final answer. He asked me what I write. And I hesitated. With slight embarrassment I responded, I’m a Mommy Blogger. But then I quickly added the fact that I’m not your average Mommy Blogger. Because I’m not. I write about more than what goes on in my home. So that makes me different, right?
But I am. A Mommy Blogger. I’m a mom. I have a blog. That automatically sticks me in what is quickly becoming a pigeon hole filled with negative connotations.
I love being a Mom. I love blogging. So why should it be looked down upon? It’s an amazing and creative outlet.
There are a few bad seeds out there. But that happens everywhere for everything. Unfortunately, the rest of us may get the backlash for those who chose to behave in a very distasteful, disrespectful and un-blogger-like way.
But we aren’t all like those women who bribe. Who elbow. Who bruise. Actually, most of us aren’t.
But the PR people. Not all of them behaved any different. They fed the frenzy. And now the smackdown is being thrown down.
The PR. The bloggers. You need each other.
The products need the voice.
Some of the voices MUST have the product to survive.
This sponsored vs. unsponsored. Who cares. Everyone has their thing. Their purpose for blogging. Their purpose for promoting.
Let’s not get into a Revolutionary War about it.
That’s where it seems like it’s headed.
The Great Sponsored Divide.
I don’t care either way.
You want to be sponsored, then be sponsored. Just disclose. Just be forthright. If it sucks, tell us. If it’s awesome, tell us. The public is relying on a truthful evaluation.
You don’t want to be sponsored. Right on. I’m not. I still have a loyal friendship/readership.
But one way isn’t better than the other.
There is no right or wrong.
Unless you start talking shit.
About other bloggers. About the PR companies.
Because, quite frankly, from a Mommy Blogger who isn’t quite a Mommy blogger…
You all look kinda immature and pointless.
Both the Bloggers AND the PR peeps.
It’s a huge blogosphere. GINORMOUS.
There are tons of blogs.
There are tons of PR Companies.
Let’s all get along so that I can say with pride and some uncertainty, that I’m a MOMMY Blogger. Because really, I don’t know what else to call myself. So stop making me embarrassed.