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Friday, February 19, 2010

Swimming With the Big Fish

You know you've hit a whole new level in blogland when you get comment spammed regularily. I had to laugh at IF Optimist's response to this comment on my Turning Point post:

"You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view"

You should really read her comment if you haven't because I nearly spat out my coffee laughing when I read it this morning. Thanks Darlin', you made my day!

Of course, the comment was "Anonymous". I've considered not allowing anonymous comments but I do have some readers who don't have blogs and occaisionally comment. If it gets really out of control, I'll reconsider but right now I'm rather amused with everything going on. I don't take it seriously because it's not an actual person commenting. I've been deleting the stupid stuff that gets posted, spam links included, but I have tell you how amusing it is for "someone" to leave a comment about how useful and informative my post was for their college assignment. It's happened twice now- both were Photo of the Day posts. How's that for a chuckle? I left the comment above up because it was funny. I think I express my opinion quite well, don't you?

But even more interesting were the two emails I received yesterday from people/groups wanting to advertise on my blog. One of them was an emergency preparedness site. He said that perhaps I'd be interested in having their advertisements on my blog since I had written about emergency preparedness. Umm, did I? Has he actually read my blog? I mean, I'm flattered, really, but unless you count labour preparations, miscarriages and ambulance rides to the ER, I think he's missed his mark. I did write about Haiti, but I think we can all agree that that is a completely different topic.

The other offer was an exchange of sorts. It's to join a free "Mommy Blogger" service and get coaching on how to increase blog traffic and make money off my blog. I just have to put up their widget. I'm not sure if it's just people going around and popping from one blog to another, so I apologize if you get these offers too and you're not interested. It's not my fault, I swear!

This is where I could use some advice. I consider myself a Life blogger who is now a mom, not a "Mommy Blogger". I wouldn't mind making money if it means putting up a few things but that's not what this blog is about. I don't want to take away from my writing and photography. I also don't want to alienate my readers.

What do you think?


"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

I think that is hilarious and the one about you needing to express more, ridiculous! It is like all the forwards I get from people who just us the "select all" button and send to whomever. Drives me nuts!

WiseGuy said...

Well Congrats for hitting big time....LOL!

I do get spammed, but it is mostly Chinese gibberish...and I do not allow Anonymous commenting, so it prevents real folks from hiding behind the anonymity.

Well, I have been offered similar proposals too...the first one I got, it blew my mind....it was acupuncture for IF....how could I vouch for the efficacy of something I had no access to?

I got another offer a couple of months back. They asked if I could blog on their website as well. I chose to forgo that offer, because I write what I write as I walk through this maze. I do not want deadlines on this atleast.

If you are in-doubt, you could LFCA your query. I am sure you are not the only one who is on this offer wave....

Good Luck!

IF Optimist, then... said...

I'm so glad that I had a chance to cheer up your day. The photographs you post lift me up when I am down and for that I am truly grateful. As for the "mommy blogger" stuff...hmmm..I dunno. It would be something worth researching. I definitely think that your writing about depression or infertility and pregnancy while dealing with your medical condition may be very useful for someone in future.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Like Wise Guy, I've had a couple of odd offers pop up that have nothing to do with anything I've ever blogged about. Where do these people come from?

I do understand your question tho... you don't want to be pigeon-holed into any one area. But, like IfOptimist says, you have a lot of good things to say and experiences to share that might help others. You have to look at what you need from your blog... and go from there.

Infertile said...

I got a weird offer from another new blogger wanting to pay me to be a guest poster on my site. It was a bit odd and her "blog" was really new and kind of random. I guess if it speaks to you, go for it, but if not then pass.

I just politely let her now the blog is really for me first but I'd keep her in mind for the future. The emergency preparedness one made me laugh, though.