I will admit, after my scare last week, I’m a little hesitant to post anything personal on here. I’m certain it’s just a phase and soon I’ll get back to blogging about anything and everything. I know I’ve been doing too much PR lately, but I am really lucky to work with some of the very best PR reps around. No, I haven’t been contacted by any “big-wig” companies, yet, and I may never be. But, that doesn’t really concern me. I like getting the word out about the smaller companies – the ones you may not have heard of. The ones who need the PR and advertising to help grow their business.
I have also been swamped with orders from my Design service business. (Not that I’m complaining.) But, when I’m up until 3 or 4 am every night, and then up at 7 to spend the day with my 5 kids, I’m sure you all don’t want to hear how exhausted I am. I’m sure you don’t want to hear about our trips to the grocery store, another trip to Walmart, or any of the day-to-day mundane things that we do around here. Maybe you’d like to hear about how I took my kids out to dinner last night and had 5 different people compliment us on how well behaved our children are? Do you even care about that?
Lately, when I have time to blog, it’s at night, and I post-date everything. I hate doing it, but it’s the only way I can spend my days with my kids – which is exactly what I’ve always wanted. I make my blog, and my time work for me.
MomDot is calling for a PR Blackout August 10th – 16th. While I totally get Trisha’s points, I don’t think that a web-wide pr blackout is what Mom Bloggers need. One week of all the mom bloggers refusing to post PR seems more like a little strike against PR – even though I know that’s not what Trisha intends.
I do believe that each individual Mom Blogger should take her own time away, either from PR or from blogging altogether. It’s so easy for us to get burnt out. If we’re not willing to step back and take some time away, it’s not going to do anyone any good. Our readers are going to get tired of hearing us, the PR reps won’t contact us because we can’t do things in a timely or professional manner, and eventually our blog will just disappear into that stratosphere known as the world wide web.
In September, I’ll be taking my own time away. I’m hoping to pack my kids up and head to Ohio and then to Chicago to be with friends and family. I’ll blog via email while I’m gone, and I’m sure it will be all about traveling alone with 5 kids and not losing your sanity. Maybe I’ll lose readers because I don’t post a new giveaway that week. I don’t know. But I do know that I will come back from that week refreshed and ready to blog my heart out again. And I’m certain that after the trip I will have much to blog about – both personal and PR related.
Until that happens, ya’all are just going to have to deal with me being me, though. And I promise to do better about blogging about the real-life stuff and not just the PR stuff. But there will be PR stuff. I love working with my contacts and bringing reviews and giveaways to you all.
Now let me know your thoughts on mom bloggers and PR. Let your voice be heard!