As Christmas is fast approaching I've been busy making my presents .. but then the New Year will also be upon us and I have been wondering about the future. What will I be doing next year? I suppose my thoughts got concentrated as I had to fill in a box on a form last month. It asked me what my occupation was. I hesitated. What indeed? I hate labels and I suppose I wanted to write I am Vanessa. Then I thought I am a professional blogger. I waited with my pen poised .. is there such a thing ? You know you get professionals, doctors, solicitors, accountants, hairdressers, dentists, builders.. why not a blogger? I know I am a food writer and yes I've written a recipe book but I am so proud to be a blogger. There are some incredible blogs out there that are equally as good as anything a newspaper can write!
Well I know the answer .. of course it is because most blogs are written for fun, for passion and not for money, and yet for the past 18 months I am approached by PR agencies and companies several times a day to see if I will write about their products and people in order to promote their commercial offerings on my site. I sometimes feel that I want to write about these products but often a post will take me the best part of day to write and I feel I do a really professional job .. we bloggers just being naive and doing all this work for free because we don't believe in ourselves? well I guess PR agencies and companies wouldn't be asked to be featured on your site if you were't doing something of value.. right?
And so I've been torn for some time on how to go forward. It's been so hard not to compromise that I feel the need to write a post about the way in which I've decided to go forward. As many of my fellow bloggers will tell you I've been reluctant to monetize my blog, and I've had long and heated debates about the ethics of it all. Perhaps an honest way to go is putting adverts on but then I hate hate hate adverts popping up as I am reading a blog for something utterly irrelevant and totally annoying.
So it's taken quite a while to work out how to make Goddess on a Budget continue as my full time job beacuase writing it is something I absolutely love . The freedom that comes with writing your own blog is incredible. With a blog you can just express and create as you like. It’s my voice.
The time and effort to keep this site fresh, informative, beautiful and relevant is high. I work on this in much the same way as a full time job and like the rest of the world I have to live. So I’ve decided to take things in a slightly different direction and for the first time will be writing sponsored posts. In case you are wondering what this means a sponsored post is a post on a website or blog which is paid for by an advertiser. Certainly for some people these posts are viewed as a legitimate advertising method, and yet others believe that they can be misleading, and compromise the integrity of a blog.
So I want to reassure anyone reading this that it won’t really change allot. If you look back over almost two years of writing you will see that I always avoid writing about things I don’t like. I’m not one to slate a product, bitch about a restaurant or criticize outrageously for the sake of writing something contentious. There are plenty of sites that love to stir up a stink elsewhere I was brought up on the basis of if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. I’m sorry if this less than scandalous way of approaching life bores you to death (Zzzz you can leave now) because I am looking for a gentle way of life that brings love, laughter, fun and happiness to my family and readers, and improves the day to day life with a little of what is good. I’m approached several times a day to write about products, places and people and I will be very careful to only choose things that are appropriate .. and I feel that that this site is professional enough to stand up to questions anyone might have about integrity.
If I don’t like something I won’t write about it and because I shall be incredibly selective in my choice of content. I shall stay with food, lifestyle and I promise not to go overboard with it. So you can expect a good honest review or feature to be written, in the style that I normally write when I write sponsored posts and integrate them into the normal content.
There now. I feel so much better now I've got that off my chest.