OK, so with this blog title you are probably thinking I’m getting shirty. I’m not…no way. What I am doing though is putting my foot down. As any blogger knows – especially the wonderful community I associate with – your blog is your personal space, your words and your ‘baby’.
Over the last couple of months I have started to feel a sense of not being in control of what I do. It’s great to be able to make a living from writing, expressing my own opinions and words and be able to get paid to do it. What has happened though is that I have started to let far too many pre-written sponsored posts filter in and this is not why I created my own little corner of the internet.
The reason I started my blog was so that I had somewhere to vocalise, to share my thoughts and opinions, display my poetry and talk about my experiences – blogging or otherwise – as well as review products and help people with a decision on whether they are worthy of a purchase. I had no idea sponsored posts existed when I first started!
I am fully aware that there are some bloggers out there who are happy to accept whatever comes their way at whatever price it is and that is completely their business. Of course, I understand why when there are bills to pay – I completely support their decision because, don’t get me wrong, I will continue to take on sponsored posts but I will be far more selective and will be limiting my intake of what I choose to publish on my blog – particularly if the post is not in my words. Take the previous post on this blog for example – it is exactly written as I would’ve had said it AND it is something that is very relevant to me as a Driving Instructor plus I believe it would be of interest to my readers.
Taking part in the Somerset leg of the Team Honk relay was hard work. I wasn’t getting paid to do it , I CHOSE to do it. Because I wanted to. Because I wanted to make a difference to peoples lives. Just like the M&S and Kiddicare donations for Refuge at Christmas. It made me feel good to know that I had done something to help someone.
Now I need to help myself. I am not earning enough. I am losing all control over who I am, what my blog is about and what I want to be true to and it needs to stop.
It may be that I will turn down opportunities. There is a saying that if something is too good to be true then it generally is. I need to remember that. I need to send a polite no thank you to emails that don’t apply to me. I need to accept the offers made that really matter to me – not try and grasp every single thing that comes my way ‘just in case’, as well as seek out opportunities that I know I will put my heart and soul into.
So I want to apologise. I am sorry if the quality of my blog has suffered. From now on, on my blog dear readers you will see quality, not quantity. That is how I want it to be.
My blog, my space, my terms.