Get it? Instead of another day, another dollar…oh, forget it!!
In light of a recent L.A Times article once again portraying Mommy Bloggers as nothing more than hookers belonging in the Red Light district, more blogging drama has ensued.
It never ends, does it?
But really? Hookers get paid more than most of us bloggers do. And in some places, they get medical and dental coverage. Humph.
That article and the others before it that are so similar. They don’t really affect me, personally, one way or the other. I don’t do a bunch of reviews. And I haven’t been asked to be on any panels. All those cookie cutter articles do is cause outrage on Twitter and to disgust and nauseate me.
But, I happen to have an opinion. Because…well…I just do.
The way I see it, from my almost non-existent corner of the blogsphere is…
I mean honestly? The greater population of the world could give a rats ass about bloggers being sent to California to learn about Nestle while their families are being sent food to cook in their absence.
Most people stumble upon (and I don’t mean the site, Stumbleupon) blogs by mistake when Googling information. So. They sometimes stay to read the post or they go off in search of a source that they would deem more reliable. Because I’m not really sure how many people consider the Mommy Blogger community to be a trustworthy and forthright source of viable information. I do. But I’m in that crazy group of bitches called Mommy Bloggers. And I happen to value most of your opinions. It’s how I roll girls(and guys), it’s how I roll.
The drama seems to be isolated only to bloggers raising a big ruckus about all the going-ons within the blogging community. It’s only other bloggers who care about integrity and full disclosure. Oh yeah and the FTC. One giant eagle eye. Everyone is seems to be scrutinizing each other, waiting for someone to slip and do something *gasp* without integrity or full disclosure. To…LIE. Or…cheat. Oh, we just love when that happens, don’t we?!
It’s only journalists that care that bloggers are taking over the social media and crowding them out. Because bloggers will take merchandise over cash. Where journalists…it’s their career and expect payment. Right? The rest of the worlds population. They are perfectly happy living their day to day lives in oblivion of what goes on behind the computer screen.
BUT. In my opinion. Newspaper journalists are writing all these negative articles about the Mommy blogging world because maybe? Perhaps? They are jealous and intimidated. Which becomes like one big tattle tale fest. OOOHH, this blogger did this. That blogger didn’t say that and has a closet FULL of stuff. This one didn’t disclose. BLAH. BLAH. BLAH. ARGH!
If you must know the truth? I think it’s horse shit that we, the bloggers, aren’t getting paid to do the same thing that journalists throughout time have been getting paid to do. Maybe not on the same type of scale. But it would be nice if a company wants a review, to give us the product and a stipend. Even twenty bucks or a gift card to Target…which would make yours truly a very, very happy chick.
We put as much work in our posts as some journalists do. We post. We Tweet. We try to draw as much traffic as we can to come read what we are discussing. And it’s fricking hard work. But, I don’t have to tell you that, right!?
And quite honestly. I’ve read some blogs that blow some newspaper columnists out of the water.
They say that anyone can blog. But based on some of the quality, or should I say lack of…it seems that anyone can be a journalist these days too. Even. Steven.
It’s this bloggers measly little opinion that. If other bloggers would stop accepting reviews without some sort of compensation. The companies would get a clue and…well…compensate. Even in a piddly little way like that Target gift card for $20 or $50 bucks.
We deserve acknowledgment too. We deserve to be paid. We are the new source of news. We are the new source of reliable information…as long as we disclose the good, the bad and the hideous. Which, by the way, I love disclosing when I find something to be yucky! Don’t ask me why. I just do.
There needs to be a new definition made of blogging, along with new rules and regulations. We aren’t just weblogs anymore. Blogging has become more about life and not just about our own.
Because we bloggers are here to stay. We are getting stronger in number and louder in voice.
So stop the pettiness. And just get along. There is enough room for all of us…journalists and bloggers.
On a side note, for a great read Kelby Carr who wrote about Mom Bloggers deserving to get paid. And make sure to read the L.A Times article as well.
P. fricking S. I’m not JUST talking about review blogs. I’m talking about bloggers who write…with passion. About life. For various wonderful online publications. Those bloggers deserve to get paid for their beautiful work as well.