Alright..this is for my husband, who fears that I have become obsessed with blogging. It is also for anyone that may be considering starting their own review and giveaway blog.
To my Sweetheart,
Blogging takes a lot of time.
You need to create or find someone to create a header or template, buttons for users to grab, tab buttons, etc. You have to get permission from the photographer ig you are using a picture, or permissions of other images you may have found on the web. And be sure to credit the maker and the original source, yadda yadda yadda..
You need to reach out to companies that you are interested in product testing and reviewing. Email all of them, keep up continuous conversation until it is settled how you will be working with them: whether it is a review from something you already have, an interview of the founder, or a company provided review and giveaway. If it ends in a way that says "contact us in XXX days/months/years" you have got to be on it, cause it is not their responsibility!
You need to network with other bloggers who have a lot of followers and form alliances and get their followers to want to read your blog too!This can take a lot of time too! There are blog hops, which are big bands of blogs that want to connect but often there are rules to go to a certain amount and comment and then go pick more that you like and this and that and this.. but it is worth it if you want to make it to a goal number.
You also have to take the time to actually use and review the items you receive from these companies! I didn't let her use that sippy cup while I was not paying attention right away because I wanted to be sure I saw what she thought. If she threw it and got frustrated, or kept it to her lips, and when she inevitably threw it in the end, did it spill or not? You have to watch for these things when you are actually reviewing something!
No one ever said that this would be easy. Honey, I don't ask for much in this world. My three getaways are my once a week- 45 minute long dance class, my very few and far between long soaks in the tub, and now, my blog time each night which is generally while you are at work anyways. Yes, I am constantly checking emails and twitter and looking to see how many followers I have, but that is part of the game. I signed up for this and I knew what I was getting myself into because I asked other bloggers what it takes. I have failed at previous attempts at things (ex Avon, K&RKK, etc) but I am determined in this moment to be a successful blog mom.
Love your BLOGGER wife, Hugs and Kisses, and tell your boss I say hi!
Now back to the world of a blog mom. Please feel free to contact me if you are considering doing this and I will tell you anything I have learned and answer as many questions as I can for you. firstname.lastname@example.org I am off to try and find the charging cord for my digital camera so I can capture some moments of my daughter with our new Tommee Tippee provided review item and then I am going to get some headphones on and try to watch a new tv show that I need to write a 750 word paper about for my class.