This is how I roll…
What’s a Sponsored Post?
I occasionally write sponsored posts on this blog. This means I’m paid to write a post about a particular subject or product. What usually happens is the client gives me an outline, and I write around that to suit myself and my blog content. The main reason I accept sponsored posts to cover the costs of hosting this website, and sometimes because I have something special I want to do with my family. I accept posts which are relevant to my blog and I write how I like. If I am paid to write a blog post, I will tell my readers at the beginning of the post.
Here’s an example:
I sometimes work with nuffnang (a blog advertising company). In this case, they approached me to write a sponsored post for their client Disney. It was a movie I thought looked fantastic so I was thrilled to take the project on.
I followed this with a giveaway later when the movie was released on DVD Tangled Movie Review
Giveaways are a whole lot of fun! I’m not paid to run giveaways (unless it’s with a sponsored post). What I like to do is weave the product into a interesting and relevant post. The client provides the giveaway product or service.
Here’s an example:
I absolutely adore Lunch Boxes With Love products, so when Cath approached me with a giveaway opportunity, I was excited because I knew my readers would love the products too. The post is helpful, not purely a review, and the giveaway opportunity was a lot of fun.
I rarely review products on my blog. If I receive a complementary product to try, I’ll tell you. I only write about products I like and fit into my blog content. I don’t get paid for product reviews.
Here’s an example post:
The client approached me with their product, and I loved it and wanted to review it.
I’m transparent when it comes to what I’ve been paid for on my blog. I sometimes write about products unofficially because it’s someting I love and want to share.
Here’s an eample:
This post is filled with references to great products you can use to store children’s art work. None of the links were paid for (or I would have disclosed it). It’s a topic I wanted to write about so I researched the products myself.
Guest posters bring texture, variety and personality to the blog. I don’t pay for guest posters but they receive a link back to their blog or website. Often, guest posts result from everyday conversations I have with other bloggers and contacts. If you would like to feature on this blog, you can contact me with your idea. I also write guest posts for other blogs and you can read them here.
Here’s an example
Andrea, from Fox in Flats and I were chatting about mums and fashion when we met at the Aussie Bloggers Conference. Later in an email conversations, I invited her to guest post on my blog about one of my category topics.
Bloggers get free stuff. Bloggers like free stuff. It’s pretty cool. I don’t always blog about all the products I get for free, but if I do, I’m always looking for that angle so it makes great content for my readers and fits into what Be A Fun Mum is all about.
Here’s an example:
Procter & Gamble flew meto Sydney for a P & G Home care event. I was not paid, or even asked to blog about the day. There was no obligation which gave me the freedom to be open minded when it comes to products. On the day, I had the opportunity to talk to people about my blog, and my vision. And so much of what I learned on the day reinforced many things I had discovered for myself and for this blog. That is what I blogged about. I loved the products too, but it’s how they add value to life that interest me more than the actual product.
That’s how I work
This is how I work on this blog. 90% is just me writing my little heart out — and that’s how I like it.