Wednesday, January 9, 2013

blogging: I don't work for free


This year I am going to value myself more as a blogger by not working for free. You see, my blog is my personal space, my part time hobby and work all in one. I spend time sharing personal adventures we have as a family but I also use this space to promote other products and business that I think relate to my readers. Over the years this space has allowed me to earn a little pocket money and I have had a great time working with wonderful companies. 

The personal challenge for me has been deciding what to count as a hobby and what to count as work. Finally, after a lot of trial and error, I have it clear in my mind what I believe is blog work. As soon as a company or social media representative or public relations representative contacts me...it becomes work. It requires me to take time to co-ordinate with them how to best promote them, planning how I will write a blog post, what images I will use and time trying to organise what compensation I will receive for doing so.

Compensation I know is different for everyone. I know what compensation I like best for me and what is worth my time and effort. I believe I have a lovely space here on my blog and by placing more value on myself, my words and my time, I think I have a lot more to offer those I do end up working with. I am looking forward to sharing many personal posts in the next year and sharing a few select work blog posts with companies who also value my words and space. So this year, with my blogging vision clear in my mind, I am putting it out there, that this year: I don't work for free!

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  1. be true to yourself x
    Just throwing something out there but I miss your Jewellery posts :)

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    1. Yes, that is what it is all about isn't it? being true to yourself. Don't worry, I have a few jewellery posts planned :)

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  2. Am right there with you N. There are changes for me in the air, and that actually means no media kit. The last three months I have discussed individual items with the company or PR. Sometimes it works for me(and them) sometimes it doesn't , and that is ok!

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    1. Good on you Claire! You are right, sometimes is just doesn't work out and there is no use pushing the issue or selling yourself short to try to make it happen. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year. N x

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  3. Go Naomi!
    You do have a wonderful blog here, and you should never let a person or company take that time and space for granted.
    I am in the early stages of working out how to make money from blogging and trialling what works best for me, whilst still staying true to the real essence of my blog.
    xx

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    1. It really is a personal thing I find. Each offer that comes to me is different and I always carefully look at how it will fit in with my blog essence as you say. All the best Claire working out what is best for you. Hope you find great success x

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  4. YEP! I like that! I am aiming to make that my motto this year in valuing my work!
    Ellen xx

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    1. You go Ellen! Love your photography skills. N x

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  5. Same with me. I'm not going to do posts for product anymore.

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    1. Neither am I. It has to really worth my time and effort to even consider it. Good luck x

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  6. Great post!!
    I undervalue my time all too often - whether it's in my Doula work, working on a cake, packaging up gift hampers, and my new plan is to Blog as well. I found it difficult to charge for my time as it's o'nly' time. But when I began to look at it as something that was being taken from my family, the value became clear to me. Every hour I spend working on a cake etc, is time I cannot spend with or for my children. It is time hubby spends watching TV alone, rather than chatting with me. It is time I can't spend catching up with my friends, or doing my nails, or getting my hair done, or reading a book, or whatever else I felt like at the time.
    Yes, I choose to take on all the jobs I do, and I'm truly greatful people want to pay me for my work (ESPECIALLY in my Doula work, which I LOVE) but compensation is only fair :)

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    1. Yes, it is work when it takes you away from your family for someone else. There is a difference though in doing something to help someone out but putting a value on our time is worth while. Best of luck xx

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  7. Most bloggers treat their passion as work oriented but mixing a hobby while earning is still a good way to go. Don't you think?

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  8. Your blog is a wonderful place to visit Naomi. You deserve to be compensated for your time. I miss your jewellery posts too! Have a lovely day, Julia

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  9. The times involving hunting along with pecking through any local paper pertaining to job tend to be over.

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