Six months ago I was reading other blogs and wondering how come they had all these lovely reviews to do and I didn’t. I prayed hard and worked really hard at my writing. My stats started to rise and then slowly, slowly the reviews began to arrive.
I was so flattered to have been chosen as the ‘right-kind-of-blog’ for these brands and I really enjoyed talking about their products. I started to get even more product proposals, so many I started blogging and giving them away to friends and family as I couldn’t keep hold of it all. I was on a roll!
It wasn’t until about a fortnight ago as I was writing a list of all the stuff I had yet to write about, the products I had allocated space to that week and followed by a list of things I’d like to write about that I realised there wasn’t any space or time left in my day to allocate time to things I’d actually like to discuss.
I even had to miss out on Tara’s The Gallery a couple of times because I couldn’t fit it in my busy schedule. (!)
It was only when I spent a rare spare moment, out of curiosity and flicked back through my posts over the past couple of months that I realised 90% had been reviews or sponsored posts! Ouch!
Now I am very happy to review products and very happy to accept sponsored posts that I think may be of interest to the readers but 90%?? Oops! I imagine that’s what a shopping Trolley Dash must be like, grab everything and run.
Serious thinking took place and I decided to stop saying YES to everybody who landed in my inbox and I apologise if maybe one of these requests you may have sent me but I seriously cannot keep up with them all. I thought about why I had started writing a blog in the first place and I thought about where I’d like to go with this blog.
I came to the conclusion, which I hope you’ll agree with, that the odd sponsored post (to help pay the bills) and the odd product review if it was of interest to the readers would be fine but to focus more on what I’d actually like to write about.
John Crane have asked me to be their Chief Reviewer for 2012 which I’m immensely proud of so that will be a regular fortnightly feature focusing on toys and educational pieces. Watch out for news on Grandad who arrived and made himself very at home
I’m keeping my Foodie Friday feature because I really enjoy it and I’d like to add other recipes too. I’ve found it’s a brilliant excuse for me to get in the kitchen and try new ideas – my latest is lamb shanks in my slow cooker
I’m keeping the competitions going as they give everyone a chance to join in and win something.
I also am a Brit Mums Ambassador for Give As You Live which you’ll be hearing lots about too I’m in the process of choosing my charity so feel free to advise.
and I want to join in the 100 Word Challenge more often as it’s good practise for writing a book which I’ve mentioned many times
and for the rest?
Well I don’t know yet, let’s see what happens and where this new decision takes me, I’ll certainly make more room for what I hope are interesting posts so bear with me whilst I clear out the inbox and take a deep breath ;)