Too Much PR in Mom Blogging?

The topic all over the web lately is whether Mom Bloggers are focusing too much time on PR blogging and not enough time on personal blogging.

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!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

  1. 1
    H.E.Eigler says:

    I really enjoyed this post! But wanted to let you know that the PR Blackout was never a call for ALL mom bloggers to shun PR. It was more about some of us who are feeling the strain to take some time out. I'll be participating and if it's not right for you – don't. There's no right or wrong side to be in. And yes, I would love to hear about your dinner with well behaved kids…it gives me hope for mine!

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    Connie Walsh says:

    Nicely said, I enjoy your take on it. I really really have nothing against taking vaca, it's blackmail I kinda object to.

    Connie

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    Danielle a.k.a Yellie says:

    I really think that if you use two separate blogs (one for personal stuff and one for PR stuff) then it really isn't an issue at all. I have been thinking lately of starting up a blog that focuses on Christian products and it would be completely separate from my personal blog. I think that just makes it easier. The people who want to read about your life (family, friends, etc.) can stick with the personal one and the people who want to read reviews about products and enter giveaways can read the other one.

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    I don't have any PR cause I don't know how to get any so all mine are personal or blogging about your (other bloggers) giveaways. Being sinck I don't get there to write more like I'd like to and I like both parts of the blogging , PR expecially when I'm shown sites I always wanted to find but didn't know they were there LOL and learning other people's take on life etc. I think You need to decide what percentage of each is right for you. I'm a sweepaholic so I'll be visiting either way.

  5. 5

    I think blogging is something different for each person and finding the right balance is key. I am so sorry about your scare, ugh, such a drag. I enjoy your reviews and giveaways, and sharing your challenges and joys. Best to you and I grew up in Cincy, Go Musketeers!

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    Heather Adams says:

    I agree with Martha that blogging is something different for each person. I enjoy reading about your reviews and giveaways. I think it's important to support small, mom-owned business and love hearing about new ones so thanks for that!
    I also love reading about other moms experiences and knowing that if my child won't sleep through the night I'm not alone! It's comforting and sometimes very helpful to read about how other moms handle things and it's fun to read the many funny stories that moms have to share.
    So, I enjoy both personal and PR blogs and I hope you have a great vacation!

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    Danielle says:

    I think if it's your blog, you can blog about whatever you want. And, good for you for being swamped? Would you like another red bull in the mail?

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    Michele says:

    I addressed something similar on my blog today. I got my first-ever sponsor and had to really consider if this is the road down which I want to go. I'm fortunate that the sponsor is a company which I believe can benefit moms (i.e. my readers) and one I use myself, so I feel good about it. I have visited some blogs that are all PR, and I don't stay. I see PR the same as a commercial on a TV show; so long as it's not all "commercials" then I think it is a great business opportunity for both parties.

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