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May 13, 2010



i think you make a good point, Amy.

i haven't done any visible monetization on my blog, though it has brought me writing cred and a few speaking/consulting gigs. that works better for me than the things i tend to get pitched - most reviews or small-scale ads. to be a small-scale marketing locus would impact what i wrote and therefore both my "integrity" (a word that makes me wary in blogging, though i do believe in it) and my style. to leverage my audience & influence into sponsorship? i'd consider that, and seriously. but i would need to work to make it happen, and it's not my priority. i went into this to have a place to WRITE, not with any eye on a prize.

nonetheless, i do agree with Liz's premise that we'd all benefit if we treated ourselves with respect, whether that means treating ourselves as businesses or just as worthy agents with voices who ought to understand and own our choices. but, as i said somewhere in the middle of her comments, i think that some of the big conglomerate blogs are just as guilty of treating small and non-commercial blogs as free advertising. Liz responded and compared the practices i referred to as comparable to what news outlets do: having worked for one, i don't entirely agree. the social contract is different.

i don't believe all bloggers are actually going to act under one social contract, really, though i think etiquette and norms do shape actions and perceptions. but just because review blogging has jumped the shark, it doesn't seem fair for the successful to critique the unsuccessful for not playing on their terms. even if they're right. because owning the privileged position one is speaking from makes it hard to criticize others who have less privilege to make those same choices.


As someone who's accustomed to getting paid for what I write, I do agree with Liz's lament that so many bloggers are selling themselves short. But you're right (and Bon says this better than I) that it's a lot easier to say that when you are, in fact, in a position to sell yourself, um, tall.


I haven't seen or heard about the situation you are talking about with the other blogger. But I did want to say that your so right that the world of mommy-blogging has changed and it seems to have changed in a blink of an eye. As somebody who has blogged longer than blogging existed I have been amazed to watch these changes.


I'm just so tired of everyone agreeing with every post these days. Where did the discussion GO?


I guess it all depends on why a person is blogging.
If a person is blogging and hoping it turns into a paid gig, then yes, I think when you first start out, in order to boost readership, which will lead to the gravy, you might have to be a little generous with the freebies.
But, it's my experience in life, that starting out at anything is a bit like that.
As time goes on and you build your name and business, you can be more discriminating with your time and talent and require compensations.
Just my thoughts. Also... I am not even familiar with all the mommy blogs going on out there, so I am probably not a good source of opinion on this. :)

Wisconsin Mommy

I have to say that I agree with you on this. Blogging HAS changed over the years, and being one of the "original mommy bloggers" doesn't mean that you get to make the rules for everyone else. We don't go around telling other writers that they all have to conform to a special mold or follow the rules writers of years ago did - how is blogging different?

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