Time is Precious when your a Blogger! I can’t work for free.
Time is Precious when your a Blogger! I can’t work for free.
Since I started blogging, time has become a commodity. I do all I can with my health circumstances to be the best parent I can and besides, resting and parenting, I spend a lot of time blogging.
Blogging is not just about writing, blogging has in a way become my therapy. This is my way to get out my thoughts and feelings out, to share ideas and raise awareness for things that are important to me and to record our family antics.
Daysinbed had become my creative outlet. I write, I design cover pictures for every post. I create quotes, do PR, advertising, collaborations, research, learn, engage with others and it takes time, precious time. In fact I do not have enough time.
I write my posts when I feel well enough and this enables me to schedule my posts to go out each day. This does not mean I’m well everyday. In fact some posts that come out, I don’t have time to promote in the way I would like. This is sometimes because I’m too physically sick to link up to other bloggers or to go and promote my writing on social media.
When I’m having a better hour or day, I may need to give time to my family. We have family night every Monday. There is also much to do with my child on an evening as well as cooking and maintaining the home. Yet, to make my blog a success, which I am trying to do, I need to dedicate many hours to working towards this goal.
When my child is at school, I do a lot of blog related work. It has been incredibly hard to do this and parent in the holidays. We booked my daughter into lots of holiday activities but then while she was gone, I found myself having a sleep and resting. So I then have to work late into the night, as well as when I can in the day.
I have to work my butt off too because no reward comes without effort and sacrifice and so I sacrifice fun and chilling out time. I don’t watch a tv shows or do the things others do. I work work work in my spare time, or when I’m not sick or parenting and then I parent and rest.
Blogging is supposed to be fun and it is fun but it is also hard work and I don’t think some people realise just how many hours have to be put in each week. Much more than an average full time job. That’s for sure! I do at least 50 hours a week.
I’ve worked really hard for months and now I’ve built a reputation. I am growing my following and am more than happy to be ranked 24 on the parent blogger board. This is fabulous. I got the MumpreneurUK Award and my blog has good Klout! I still have plenty of work to do but I am at a level where I am able to collaborate with brands on a regular basis.
There are wonderful brands out there who are professional and ethical, who value bloggers and appreciate the fact, blogging is real work. However there are agencies and certain people who do not understand this. There are PR people who try to take advantage of bloggers and expect work to be done with no reward whatsoever.
My blog is about me and my family, parenting and health issues and if I can get sponsored by a company or get to collaborate with a brand that is relevant to my blog then that is fabulous. If I get opportunities to do things which are fun or entertaining then why not! However asking me to write a press release about a topic which has nothing to do with me or my blog is not going to work!
I’m not a newspaper and I’m not interested in every story about anything or everything! Just because I raise awareness for Adrenal Insufficiency, Chronic Illness and child/parent health, this does not mean I want to spend hours researching and writing about the dangers of “teeth whitening”. Why would I want to promote a local dentist for free on my blog?
Don’t get me wrong there are some good causes, charities and medical campaigns which are important and I would not hesitate to help raise awareness but I barely have the time to work on the things I need to work on which are really important to me. This is Adrenal Insufficiency and Chronic illness and children’s health.
No one would go and work at Asda for free. Why someone would think or expect me to write for them for free is a little insulting! Sometimes brands will ask a blogger to review a product and I’m more than happy to do this. Sometimes a blogger is asked to attend an event for free and they would get “an experience”making it worthwhile, but why would a blogger who has a niche or aim want to write a blog post about margarine being handed out in London when (I) the blogger live in the North West?
The polite thing to do is to say, sorry but this is not relevant to the aim of my blog or, sorry I understand this is an important issue and I’d love to write about it, here is my media pack and prices for a collaborative post. It is always great to have good manners and you know what, they may return and say, we have no budget for this but we really would like you to write the piece for us anyway for free.
Sorry, unless it is a campaign that is close to my heart such as breast cancer, disabilities or a life threatening illness, (which I’d consider writing about) I don’t want to write posts and press releases for free.
I also don’t like it when I’ve politely declined to write a PR post, for the PR people to turn around and say, we will only give you the product to review if you do the PR post as well. That is incredibly rude. I am not going to write a post for someone just to get a product to review!
Secondly I do not like it when a company use my illness to try and persuade me to write for f for them for free!
“We are sorry to here you suffer from Adrenal Insufficiency and hope you are feeling well- by the way will you write a post for us about ####- your readers might be interested”.
I say sure thing, are you prepared to pay me to write about this? Then I get told no, we thought because you are sick you would care enough to share this with others for free!
The reality is I expect to be sent many more PR releases in the future and if it is relevant or close to my heart, I may even write about it, but I will not be writing about irrelevant subjects juts to fill space on my blog. I have real work to do and genuine companies prepared to reward me for collaborations.
PR releases will always be sent to bloggers, especially new bloggers and one may be tempted to write for free and “be used” but then that is sending the message that blogging is not a real job or a profession. I guess there are two types of bloggers, those who blog for a living and those who don’t. I intend to be the first.
Food for thought
Angela MIlnes xx
Angela Milnes xx
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