A Change is a Commin’

I’ve been quite annoyed lately. I feel like my blogging circle has kinda gone BLAH! I’m not talking about everyone – just some of the blogs I read. When I look at my reader, I see are “guest posts” and “give aways” and “sponsor spotlights” and “look at my iPhone pics” and “look what i’m pinning”. I’m sounding like a major snob but I swear I’m not. I just want to KNOW my readers, I want to know about the life lessons you are facing. I’m at a point where I just click “read” even though I didn’t read it. I just don’t care about some of those things – let alone when EVERYONE else is doing it too. {i know, insert -> horrible person} If you unfollow me because of this – I can handle it – seriously.

With that said…..

There are going to be some changes made here at The Momma Bird next month. I’ve been thinking really hard about this lovely ol’ blog lately and why it started and where it has gone. In the past few months my blog has turned into one of those BLAH blogs to some extent.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the occasional guest post, give away and sponsor spotlight – but every week is a bit much. Please – Please – Please hear me – I am NOT saying I don’t like give aways or giving my sponsors the recognition they deserve – that is NOT what I am saying.

What I AM saying is that I want this blog to highlight the lovely women who take the time to sponsor this blog, I want to provide my readers with quality give aways, I want to fill this blog with my life lessons & I want to share with you the work I do in my blog design. I want you to KNOW me and KNOW who the lovely women who sponsor this blog.

Am I making sense?

So next month, get ready to really KNOW me  and to KNOW my business (my blog design business, but I guess my personal business too ha ha).

What do YOU want to know about me? 

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Comments

  1. sarah says

    Totally understand where you are coming from and agree! I don’t read those posts either..and they’re becoming about 80% of my blog list! Ah well! Looking forwrad to what you have coming.

  2. Katie says

    Agreed! Couldnt have said it better :) Ive been so busy with work that sometimes I just want to come home late at night to a few good reads and relax in blog land. But lately finding more than a few posts to read that “catch” me is proving difficult. Im opting for late night TV instead! Not my thing….lol.
    Well written girlie!

  3. Jenny@ADropintheBucket says

    I totally agree with you; original content by the blog writer themselves (that is why we subscribe to them, right?) is always the best. Not that I could likely get a lot of sponsors if I tried, that is one of the reasons I have held off on offering them. Can’t wait to get to know you better too.

    I am curious about your teaching that you did before you moved. I have always tossed around the idea of going back to get my masters so I can be a teacher when we get back to the States. What did you enjoy about it? Do you see a lot of parallels between teaching and being a SAHM (now WAHM)?

  4. Erin says

    Amen, Amen, Amen. There is such a fine line between all of the above mentioned. I have struggled a lot myself with this because as you know, once you start accepting sponsors–you are opening yourself up more to having the guest posts, giveaways, etc. It comes with the territory of sponsoring. However, I think it is very important to make sure you writing enough of your OWN material as well. Oh blogging, will we ever have it all figured out?!

  5. Bri says

    I whole-heartedly agree. I have stopped reading so many blogs lately because it seems as though they are so bogged down with giveaways and sponsor stuff. I tried the sponsor thing for a very brief time (and didn’t even do giveaways!) and I just couldn’t figure out the right balance for me personally. I felt like I was just trying to do what everyone else was doing instead of staying true to what my blog was really suppose to be. I decided several months ago not to worry about that stuff anymore. I don’t care that I have a lot less followers than other blogs I read. I just want to feel good about the quality of the content rather than the quantity of readers. It’s hard when you’re running a business (like you and I) because your blog is your main marketing tool. It’s the best way to gain customers and colleagues. I’ve really been paying attention to the blogs I admire and who I think do it well….they strike the perfect balance and are never annoying. I just try to think about what they do that makes their blog work and try to do some of the same things, as long as it makes sense for me personally. Thanks for posting this. It’s something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time but just haven’t found the words to say it.

  6. AbsoluteMommy says

    Are you reading my mind? I feel like a small fish in a large pond, and that me and my bloggy are swimming in circles. I know that guest posts and giveaways get me new fans and followers. Yet I can’t offer free stuff weekly. I keep reminding myself I want people to visit my blog daily to read and I want them to like me not just because im giving something away. Well that’s what I’m telling myself since I don’t have any major resources do a ton of giveaways.
    Thanks for talking about this. You are not a snob!
    Hugs
    Megan

  7. Sharon Bruyere says

    I don’t have my blog site up yet, but when that day comes your point here is where I will strive to create a blog that is “used” in a definite way… Quality over quantity and use this space to give back, share, love, and connect with these amazing women who take on the world with their little ones right under their feet. I have done this for the past 17 years and know first hand how hard and trying this can be. Thank you Michele for your honesty and courage to stand out and start a blog revolution! ;)

    Blessings,
    Sharon
    Shay Designs

  8. Jade says

    I just read an article a couple of days ago that challenged me to think back to WHY I started my blog, and it’s been on my mind a lot since then, so it’s really ironic that you posted this today!
    I look forward to the change :D
    -Jade

  9. Kathryn says

    I totally agree. I follow blogs for what they WRITE about. Sure giveaway and sponsors are great, but I really like to hear about them, their lives etc. Glad you are changing it up some!

  10. Stephanie Clark says

    I totally go through phases of which blogs I like to read. I find myself just clicking “mark all as read” when they build up to quite a few posts, but usually I come back to them eventually. I hardly ever enter giveaways anymore..but I will probably go through a phase where I do it all the time. I think we all go through a blogging lull. I know I have many of those – but mostly I disappear bc I feel like I can’t keep up. It’s a never ending cycle!

  11. Remy says

    Totally totally agree. I keep my blog as ‘me’ as possible. I’m doing a daily photo challenge, that one might considering boring as hell, but I also make an effort to do a ‘regular life post’ just keep the spirit of my blog the same, since blogging about my life is what started me in the first place.

  12. Courtney Kirkland says

    Yep. Ditto. I think you said it perfectly. We started following blogs for their voice, not their sponsors. And what’s funny is that all of these people continue to scream about how awesome their sponsors are trying hard to become the next Pioneer Woman….how often do you see HER posting about nothing BUT her sponsors and associations?

  13. Meesh ) says

    I love this post!! I feel so often that is all my feed is also! I just thought I was out of the loop lol . This is great and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!! :)
    -Meesh :)

  14. Shirley Clark says

    I mostly read blogs for their content, and enter the giveaways only if it’s something I can use like fabric/quilting things.
    I’m sure most everyone thinks my blog is boring, but I don’t care. It wasn’t started to be entertaining in the first place. I have some faithful followers that comment regularly that I’ve gotten to know. So I’m happy.

  15. Jennifer says

    I’ve noticed the same thing. I don’t really keep up with my blog from work and school, but I love reading others. I don’t care about what your friends are doing, I wanna read about y’all! I wanna know I’m not the only full time mom that feels bad to leave my kids everyday while I work, then go to school and come home to feel guilty about missing the whole day with my kids. I can’t wait to see the change.

  16. annie says

    Um, yes. Thank for saying this. I tweeted a while ago that while giveaways are great, there are just too many. I feel like there at least ten going on at any given week and I’m tired of them. I’ve started skipping straight through them – those and sponsor posts. It’s just too much! I come to people’s blogs to read about them, not other people.

  17. Ronni says

    I am a little bit late but YAY!!!! I’m looking forward to reading more about YOU. I’ve been blogging for nearly 12 years, and I blog to express myself but also to get to know people and to make friends. All I see any more are guest posts and giveaways and reviews. Which is all well and everything… just not what I’m looking for.

    I’m excited to get to know all your business!! :)

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