Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Rant About a "Pro" Bogger's Post


Long post - not what I intended to post today, but I had to. Thanks for reading.


I clicked on a link from the 5 Minutes for Mom Wednesday Wrap Up, and to my surprise, I find a post that really irritates me. This was from a pro-blogger with lots of fans, but whose blog I read for the first time today.

The gist of the post is that it is unethical to promote your blog by whatever marketing methods work for you personally. That mom bloggers are changing and are willing to do whatever it takes, including sacrifice content and ethics in her opinion, in order to promote themselves. The blogger believes she is different, perhaps better, for keeping writing as her focus. Ahem.

I usually don’t touch controversy with a ten foot pole, but this post I reference really got to me, and I’m going to rant.

Excuse me? “ Shameless self-promotion, product integration, and sponsor-hunting” she proclaims as unacceptable?

That’s the pot calling the kettle black! (No, that's not a racist remark!) Perhaps I should say that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.


There are ads for professional conferences on her blog, ones which she probably gets paid for. Is she not self-promoting? There are posts linking to other sites on which she writes. There are ads for magazines (for which she is paid to write), newspapers (for which she is paid to write), and other blogs (for which she is paid to write). And she is disgusted by the women who promote themselves by leaving their business cards at the grocery store and the doctor’s office? She advertises products such as Swiffer, probably on a paid basis. I’m certainly not condoning that, but I’m not against it, either. To each her own.

And she scoffed at the mention of a review blog, as if, why would anyone want to write product reviews or host contests! I enjoy getting new products and writing about them, and no one pays me to do so.

Apparently, the author of the blog I reference is a decent writer. People pay her to write. Why should she care if someone is hunting for a sponsor to give her a new car or if people are placing paid ads on their site? Why should she be concerned if someone else is less focused on content than she claims to be? And why worry if other bloggers are paid to attend blogger conferences?

There’s also a rant in her blog about Twitter moms who Tweet all day for shameless promotion. Guess what? She tweets, too. What makes hers different?

She has a large readership, and is invited to speak at the Mom-blogging conferences, but it still sounds like plain old jealousy and a holier-than-thou attitude to me. No, I won’t link to her. I’d be happy to tell you personally which blog rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t want to post it here and make someone mad. But I did need to get on my soapbox. And now I'm getting off.

In the blogosphere, I think everyone can do whatever they want. It is your blog or my blog, no one else’s blog, and these pro-bloggers don’t need to discourage those that want to try methods they deem less worthy than their own. As I said, To Each Her Own!

10 comments:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

oh your not getting away that easy. who is it?

jenn said...

I wanna know too...email me!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I have to admit I want to know also. Last time I checked we had free speech here in America and everyone is free to manage their own blog ANY way they see fit. I do like your analogies.

saveyoursoul said...

I like that even your rants are carefully thought and mature.

You're absolutely correct--its the blog world and its public. People can take it or leave it, and I prefer to take yours :-D

Eve said...

I gotta agree with you. If I go to a site and don't like the promotions there, I simply don't go again. Isn't that the easiest way to influence the blogosphere and keep ourselves happy, too? We vote for what we like best by going back time and time again.

D... said...

Sing it, sister! Blogging is personal and free; certainly not a dictatorship. And let me know who you are talking about. ;)

Giggles said...

Email me too please!! I agree it is our blog and we can do as we please...! Great rant!! You go girl!!

Now print this as a comment on her site!! haha

Love Giggles

Anne Alagna said...

Is it disrespectful of the Rant to laugh??? You are so right and it is so funny that she said all that with all that evidence right there. Did you leave her a comment, a little slap across the face? I think you should!

Melanie said...

As you said each to their own, what works for some doesn't work for others.

Just be you and enjoy what you do Diana.

Joy said...

Spill it.

You know where to find me:

autumnsensation@yahoo.com

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