This is a collaborative post – As always, all words and opinions are mine. 😉
Starting a blog was one of the best decisions that I ever made!
I love that, after 10 years of blogging I have a record of some amazing memories that we’ve made as a family – some of the things we’ve done wouldn’t have even been possible if I wasn’t a blogger!
It’s been an absolute honour to be able to help some of you manage your finances better with some of the tools and tips that I’ve shared and some of the messages I’ve had from my readers have literally brought tears to me my eyes.
And the last reason I’ve loved blogging is the fact that I’ve been able to earn some extra money from my blog which has definitely come in handy! I’m not a full-time blogger and never will be, mainly because I have a full-time job already that I love but also because I blog for fun at the moment whereas if it was an actual job then I think I’d lose that enjoyment. Blogging is way too time-consuming to not LOVE what you’re doing in my opinion although the idea of working from the garden full-time in the Summer is tempting…
Because I’m not a full-time blogger, I don’t have the time to reach out to brands to suggest collaborations and think of ways we can work together so, as with most things in my life, if there’s a shortcut around then I’m going to be all over it. That’s why I like working with Get Blogged who specialise in matching bloggers with brands – allowing the bloggers to ‘apply’ to work with the brands they think would be a good fit to their blog and the brands to choose a blog that they feel matches their brand’s ideals.
Being a good match with a brand before I post about them is important to me because personally I don’t want to share something with you that I don’t believe in.
To give you an idea, I have a review coming up this week for an expensive item and I knew that, as much as I really really wanted the item for me, I couldn’t accept it unless it was going to be something that I could wholeheartedly recommend to my readers if it did what it was supposed to do.
I’ll always be totally honest about what I think of a product but before I say yes, I try to do a little bit of research so I have a good idea as to whether I’m going to like the item. I always read online reviews and questions on big selling sites like Amazon and Argos before I say yes or no to a review – good reviews by others don’t necessarily mean that I’m going to love something and review it positively but they’re a good indication.
The item I’m reviewing this week got rave reviews on the sites I looked at with hundreds of 4* and 5* reviews so I knew that if my experience was the same as the majority of people then I was going to be able to share a positive review.
That means that I can say yes to the brand in question with as much confidence as I possibly can that I can do a good job reviewing their product and hopefully, I’ll be able to get on board with it and share a positive review which is the ultimate aim of the brand.
Similarly, with sponsored or even Link Building type posts, I want to be able to really get behind any brands who I work with so I need to be happy that I can do a good job before accepting work. This benefits the brand involved as I’m always going to do a great job promoting their brand online to my followers by either raising their profile online or by sending traffic to their site.
Some brands don’t even need you to have a blog (although I have a post about how to start a blog here if that helps there) – they’re interested in someone who is more of a Micro Blogger. A Micro Blogger is more of an influencer on a channel like Instagram so if that applies to you then you also have the chance to make some extra money.
Even just a small amount of extra money each month can make all of the difference when it comes to your budget.
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