During my years of blogging I consider myself to have been a very lucky person. Blogging has opened up a whole new world to me with lots of new opportunities and experiences. I have received some fabulous products in exchange for reviews and the odd sponsored post here and there. I wouldn’t say that it has enabled me to be a stay-at-home but it has certainly made it easier and it has opened up doors which I didn’t think were available to me. Ever since seeing the film Pay It Forward many many years ago, the ethos has stuck with me and I have always tried to do something good for someone else when something good has happened to me, I like to think of it as good karma but recently I’ve been starting to wonder if I’ve been a bit of a mug and have been selling myself short. On the whole I have formed some good relationships with great brands and PR’s but I feel like I’ve been slipping into a bit a rut recently. I have been approached by a few PR’s recently who want me to write a post when there is no product or reward for me and I have tended to just do it. I felt it was my way of saying thank you to the blogging world for the rewards I’ve had to date but I seem to be getting more and more of these requests and I’m finding my time is being taken up writing posts, spending time on something for nothing.
I am not a money grabber or a Mummy Blagger but I am a stay-at-home Mum who is doing everything that I can to make a contribution to my family. I need to make a stand and say that my time is not free, I want to help brands to promote themselves but I do feel to a certain extent that my willingness to participate is being taken advantage of. I’m sure its not just me and that there are many others out there in a similar situation but if I don’t value my time then no-one else will!