Posts tagged "blogging"

Being a mumpreneur

Today I’ve been writing a blog entry for Business on Twitter, Nikki Pilkington’s business blog. I write a post a month and it takes about an hour of work, which I decided to do this Sunday as it requires some thinking time. Blogging is time-consuming and can be exciting or dull depending on your state of mind. As well as blogging for Business on Twitter, I blog over at Mimimyne. Sometimes I love to write about my products and news at Mimimyne, sometimes I’m more interested in writing about social media, sometimes it will be an event I’ve attended which excites me and which I want to share. Sometimes I will have guest posts, usually from bloggers who are relevant to my readers. It’s important to blog regularly if you run a business! Anyway, today I was writing about Twitter and staring at the computer with what I remember calling ‘the writer stare’ when I interrupted my mother working and gazing into mid-air (although of course she used a typewriter).

While I was doing this, my six year old son kept running in and out. First of all he wanted the sellotape, which disappears regularly – I probably have twenty rolls of it in my house somewhere. Then he wanted scissors. Next, it was a black pen, then a piece of paper. After a while I asked him if he’d mind going out because Mummy was working and I couldn’t concentrate (I’d better explain here that his dad, brother and two dogs were also in the house, so I wasn’t being completely neglectful!). As a bribe, I said I’d feature whatever he was working on in my blog.

After an hour or so during which I carried on with my writing, and he carried on interrupting me, I’d produced my blog and he’d produced – this. It’s so wonderful! It’s his personal sticker book with various characters he’s invented. Sometimes I feel guilty that the kids have to share some of my attention and time with my business. But then I see what they can create, all by themselves with hardly any help from me, and realise it’s OK. By running my own business and working part-time, I’m not actually shortchanging them. They know I’ll be there to pick them up from school and that I will spend most of my time with them, and they’ve learned a million ways to entertain themselves if my attention is elsewhere for a short while. So I’m going to give myself a little holiday from that omnipresent mother guilt, and just feel proud of my talented son.

Blogging ethics and my policy

Bloggers have been in the news a bit recently due to controversy over whether they are open about when they are selling products, what they are promoting and so on. I have to say most of the blogs I read are very entertaining and well-written and if the writer would like to make some profits from their hard work, I for one say why not? The problem is only when people can not distinguish between promoting a product that you are selling and a review of a product (advertorial, in other words) or when you do not disclose that you have a commercial interest in writing about something.

I like to talk about events, products and issues that interest me. .

As I’ve had several organisations contact me recently to ask me to blog about them or their products, I think it is time to state my position here. I am happy to blog about non-profit or green causes or events provided I have the time. I will occasionally blog about other campaigns, products or services that I have found useful/entertaining/intriguing. If anyone asks me to review/visit/blog about something, I will a) guarantee to give my blog readers my honest opinion on that product/website/service b) disclose that I have been asked to review/visit/blog about that product/website/service.

Here are some (only a few) of the blogs I read, although ‘blog’ is a bit simplistic for some of them (more multimedia colossi):

The Rockmother She’s so funny!
Dulwich MumShe makes me laugh as well
The Green FamiliaBrenda is one of the best green bloggers
The Ginlady The Ginlady won an Evolved Blogger award recently for her Green, Independent News blog
Bambino GoodiesThe coolest kids products review site with design news etc