Speaking with some other blogging friends it seems we all encounter the same things from family and friends when it comes to our blog. They see the products, event tickets and trips roll in and they want it too. I have been asked before how do I get to do this and to those people I explain all the work that goes behind it. I have had people say to me “Well I am going to go home and open a blog then you can send me links to get product too”. To all these people I just reply that it does not come easy. It has been just over a year since I started my blog and I am still a “baby blogger” compared to others. I have put many hours, especially in the beginning to building my blog.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love what I do and I love to guide others who want to be a reviewer blogger as well or to monetize their blog. However I don’t sugar coat it. I tell every single one of them up front that it is hard work and it doesn’t happen over night. This weeds out 95% of the people when you tell them it involves hard work.
My friend Jenn over at Eighty MPH Mom did a fantastic post today titled Bloggers: Do your friends want free stuff too? Here is what to tell them. It is actually a fantastic read for anyone who wants to get into the review world. She is upfront, honest and lays it all on the table. So if you want to do what we do or if you just want to know exactly what goes into doing what we do I suggest you go over and have a read. We are not complaining about what we do as we do love bringing honest reviews to our friends, family and readers. We are just hoping to open the eyes of those who think it is easy and give you an understanding of the hard work we put into it.