Once upon a time, back in 2010, there weren’t many mummy bloggers around.
Just a handful.
All with different stories.
Some with similar.
There were enough that you could read a bunch of regular blogs daily and keep up to date with what everyone was doing.
Occasionally these mummy bloggers would get an email offering an invite to a fantastic event like flying to Germany to see the Pampers factory, or going to see innocent smoothies, attend Disney Blu Ray launches, . They were grateful for each invite, it wasn’t an expectation of theirs when they started their blogging. It was just a nice way to meet up with the regular bloggers they read and build good relationships with companies.
Then sometimes they would get an out of the blue email offering a product for them to try and review, like a sandpit, a slendertone face or a day out at Diggerland and they appreciated these products. But they didn’t go looking for them.
Blogging was a whole different world then. A smaller community. Different ways of doing things.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying its all changed for the bad! The influx of new bloggers has both positives and negatives. The positives are getting to chat with lots of other lovely bloggers who you didn’t know before, and finding even more who are in a similar situation to yourself, for me its teenage/young mums and single mum blogs that I can identify with. I now have over 1000 people I follow on twitter rather than the small intimate 300/400 of the blogging world that was.
But of course theres also the downside. Theres a new way of doing things. When bloggers go and ask companies to try their products, sometimes known as blaggers although how you can define that im not sure. I chatted with a company on twitter the other day who said they are inundated with requests from bloggers saying ‘let me review’ however they said often bloggers just don’t deliver the goods. And then theres the ‘bloggers’ who literally have a blank blog and then go and ask for products to review to put on it!
Blogging was different back then. The blogging about your life came first and the reviews were just a nice background thing. Now reviews are the reason so many people start blogging and are then often sorely disappointed when companies refuse to send them expensive products straight away!
As I say positive and negatives like everything in life. So where do you stand, do you think the changes are for the better or not?