how it all began…
What’s a blog?
OMG, have you read this blog?
Wait a minute, honey. I have to see if she updated her blog.
I think I could do a blog.
Don’t tell anyone else, but I have a blog!
SOMEONE I DO NOT EVEN KNOW JUST LEFT ME A COMMENT.
I am SO blogging that.
You know, I think I could make money on this blog.
Guess what? I just made $14 on my blog!
All my bffs are online.
I just have to comment on 20 more blogs today.
I’m about to be a super-star blogger.
Twitter! Twitter! Twitter! Twitter!
I think I’m good enough to go to a blogging conference.
Wow, home from conference. Need to findprpeoplemakeadisclosurepolicystartrelationshipswithcompanies and be authentic.
*frantically analyzing stats*
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Sometimes I wonder what happened to my regular old WEB-LOG? The log of my day? The insights of being a mom? The words God quietly whispered to my heart? I’ve always said I love the ebbs and flows of blogging. Somedays it’s a CHORE to get a post up, other times I’ve got posts flowing out of my fingers. Some days I see “everyone” around me getting new racecars and interviews with The Queen and I wonder why *I* was overlooked. Other days I have five emails in my inbox from PR companies wanting to send me a sample or a giftcard or ask for my opinion.
And sometimes THESE ebbs and flows get me frustrated. There was a big conversation going around the blogsophere about authenticity and “carpet-baggers”— moms who pretended to be “mommy bloggers” just so they could get FREE stuff. And really, I say, WHO CARES? If Taco Bell wants to send carpet-bagging-mommy-blogger a free taco, let ’em! But I do understand the authenticity factor. Sometimes I get caught up in the BLOGOSPHERE and forget about MY BLOG.
Anyway, as I’ve been thinking about all this stuff I’ve decided on my own blogging manifesto…well, really this is just part 1 & 2 of several…ready?
NUMERO UNO. I’m only going to accept ads/reviews/giveaways/etc. for stuff that fits into one of two categories:
1. I love it and would advertise it for free. In fact, I’ve already blogged about this product/site/show/thingie 100 times. (ie. Disney World. SYTYCD. Tivo. Chocolate.)
2. This would seriously enhance my life or bring joy to my kids. (ie. $50 to TJMaxx, a fairy princess costume, a pirate blanket that makes babies sleep for 12 hours straight)
But if it’s a new air freshener, a crazy new video game or a meal replacement shake, I’m going to say no. And oh, if you knew how hard it is for me to say no. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I don’t want to make waves. I don’t want those PR people to forget about me!
But sometimes I look at my blog and feel like I don’t know it. Not just because of samples and giveaways, but because I’m trying to copy so-and-so’s blog or write for an SEO keyword search or something stupid like that.
NUMERO DOS. Blogging Community.
1. I cleared out my bloglines. That’s right I wiped out all my blog subscriptions. ALL OF THEM. I am slowly adding them back. Not to keep up with everyone that I used to, but slowly adding old and new blogs I feel like I cannot NOT read. So, if I used to comment on your blog and don’t anymore–don’t be offended. I’ll get to it soon. I still love you. I just want to get back to reading, commenting and loving blogs and bloggers. My bloglines was a weight, not the window-of-fun-into-your-life that it used to be.
2. I have decided to close my tweetdeck down during the day. *gasp* I’m only going to keep it open when I’m actually sitting at the computer. Twitter is one big culprit for me not reading and commenting on blogs anymore. The interaction-community thing that blogging did for me has been somewhat upstaged by Twitter. I don’t comment as much on blogs because I talk a lot on twitter. Then I wonder why no one comments on MY posts…
So, now that I have officially made you my blogging-accountability-partner, are you ready to see where we go next? Me, too!
What’s your bloggy manifesto? Do you have guidelines and parementers on your online life?