My Stance on Reviews and Advertising

As I am sure some of you have noticed, I have decided to include a lot more reviews on this blog and actually try to reply in a positive manner to any PR enquiries/ press releases that I receive. I hope you have also noticed that I am very clear about what I am receiving in return. I think this does make a difference. I would also like to make it clear, that I always write exactly what I feel about a product, and I do not allow any PR company to have any editorial control whatsoever over what I write. This means that you really do get to find out what I feel about a product. If you choose to purchase that product, however, I will take no responsibility over whether you like it or not. All children are different. This is made very clear by my disclaimers published at the bottom of the page.

Why have I chosen to take this stance and not create a separate blog for reviews? Well, the fact is, that I am creating a review blog with some other bloggers and ordinary citizens. However, I still want to put reviews on this blog because this blog has always been a record of my life. The things we receive are part of that and as such part of the fun of it all. I enjoy the blogs I read which are a mixture of things, I have to admit, I rarely read separate review blogs unless I am looking for something specific.

Am I selective? On the whole no. I don’t see why I should be. If I am giving everything a fair review then that’s exactly what I will do. Unless a really irrelevant silly product is offered, I will happily test and review. I’m keen to experience all life has to offer, and want my children to feel they can try anything. So why should I be different about this?

What do I do with the stuff? To be perfectly honest, I was actually forced to sell on one item, we were exceptionally short of cash that month and I was struggling to buy food. However, under normal everyday circumstances we either keep the item, pass it to friends, or, I pass it to one of three local charities. These charities deal with women who are in difficult circumstances, either related to pregnancy or domestic abuse. A fair amount of stuff we buy is destined that way eventually.

I will happily take advertising, this helps offset the hosting fees and broadband costs. I do try to check out all the advertisers first though, to make sure that they are reputable. If you are an advertiser you will find my rates exceptionally reasonable.

I hope that helps clear up any confusion.


6 Responses

  1. New Mummy 19th November 2009 / 10:05 am

    Good for you. I have a seperate blog because its a mixture of reviews, tips, guest posts, offers etc

  2. Muddling Along Mummy 19th November 2009 / 8:54 pm

    Well said – and to be honest if reviews can give you some income that makes life a little easier then for heaven's sake do them – blogs are about our lives and not some rarified thing

  3. MrsA 20th November 2009 / 8:15 am

    It's a shame you feel you have to explain – have you had some negative comments then? The reviews are very useful and I'm pleased that you are receiving so many 'gifts' for your little ones!!!

  4. Mark 20th November 2009 / 10:11 am

    And good luck too. <br><br>Interesting that I was having a discussion about blogs and advertising and social media to some work colleagues and our lawyers over dinner last night. My company works with a lot of publishers and they have very mixed views on its potential – exciting to be in at the start of something new though.<br><br>Small point – if your review blog does get a bit bigger you

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