I went along to the Sydney Bloggers Festival last week - leaving India at home with a babysitter for the first time - of course despite my slight anxiousness she was fine. I had a great day learning and chatting to other 'bloggers' and 'mummy bloggers' and I relished the ease of which I hoped into a cab (albeit late after having to feed at the last minute - but seriously when do I ever get anywhere early these days so that was nothing new), I did find myself hiding away expressing in the disabled loos a couple of times - not quite somewhere I had ever envisaged myself hanging out, but we do what we must.
From the word go I have not hidden the fact that I am reviewing products - their logos and branding have been clear for everyone to see and I am glad you have. My search to partner up with other like minded individuals and businesses comes from a desire to build my own network of trusted and reliable businesses. I also have a desire to bring these businesses and people to you. I will only ever partner with a business that either aligns with what I do and how I feel in a moral and ethical sense or that I believe will make your life as a mum easier - after all I am a mum and in general mums like to help other mums, myself included. The reviews will all be favorable towards the brands and businesses I work with as I am not in the market of putting down or badmouthing anyone and I wouldn't have chosen to bring them to you if I hadn't strongly considered as to whether they were a good fit for myself, for you and for Body Beyond Baby.
The other thing I asked of these businesses was to give something back to you guys - yes, I receive a product or service to review BUT you are also given the opportunity to sample their goods also by getting on board and entering our giveaways so it's a win win all round.
At the end of the day, myself and many those featured on my blog are small businesses, many of them mums and many of them working at home and I truly believe that there is nothing bad to come of introducing you to these fantastic brands and showing you what else is out there that might just help you get through your day a little more easily or efficiently. And who needs to go searching for something you need? A referral is so much better and less time consuming. We are all supporting each other and I hope to continue to support both yourselves and many other brands that align well with myself and Body Beyond Baby down the track.
For the record, no money has exchanged hands during this review process to date, but hey, if a blogger was given the opportunity to endorse or promote a brand that aligned well with them personally and/or in a business sense for a monetary or other gain I say go for it - after all many of us spend many hours writing and typing and it is OK to know that your time, creativity, knowledge and experiences are valuable and perhaps to even want to make a living out of it. As for me, you will know I have sold out when I bring you good reviews on fast food chains and soft drink ;)