So an article from a leading tabloid paper on Monday was brought to my attention, regarding women who both blog and happen to be mothers, Mama Mia, David Koch, Samantha Armytage and “Stripper-gate”.
I am not linking to this article, or even naming the paper, because I assume that is what they want, and *Rolls eyes.
I refuse to use my -‘Over stated influence’- For the benefit of your website traffic.
I do however, want to say this.
Angering up the blood of bloggers who happen to be mothers, to gain web traffic is not a new concept.
This article aside, I am REALLY beginning to take exception, to the fact that because I spend time on social media; I am increasingly being labelled a bored housewife with nothing better to do.
I do spend most of my days in the home, I write novels, blogs and articles. I edit documentary footage, I keep books for my husband’s company and I attend to the various sundries required to raise children and run a home.
I admit, that sometimes these tasks are boring, sometimes they are monotonous, sometimes I find being at home REALLY socially isolating and can make you feel a bit lonely, sometimes I spend so many hours in front of a computer screen, that my eyes ache and my neck hurts. During those hours I spend in front of a computer screen, I do check my various social media. I check them often. I have the screens open in the background while I write, or make up invoices, or do the banking, send emails and check the weekly school calendar.
Having my social media pages open makes me feel less socially isolated. It can mean that I take a regular break from the task I am completing. Anyone who has spent any time working from home will know that without the structure of a typical work environment, this can be difficult.
I work hard on my blog and everything else I write. I use social media a lot with my writing. I use it to map trends, I use it to opinion poll, I have used it to get reader feedback on current content, I use it to ask questions and gain knowledge and support from my online community.
I use social media to get ideas for new content, I use it to get to know the people that read my writing, I use it to ask readers what they like in a particular scene for my novel, I use it to promote my blog, I use it to share my opinion and I use it to speak with people.
It means that I can keep up friendships with people I have known since primary school. It helps me keep up with family and friends and organise social gatherings. It means that I can have stimulating adult conversation during the day.
I use it to research new products and ask people I trust for genuine reviews and opinion on the products I buy, as I, like many, have lost faith and trust in traditional advertising.
I use social media to keep up with news and current affairs and stay informed, and sometimes, I JUST WANT TO WATCH A CAT DO SOMETHING FUNNY!! Sometimes I’m having a bad day and I need a smile, sometimes I am having a great day and I want to share.
In summary, I use social media for what it was invented for. I use it a lot and I use it well, stop trying to make me feel inadequate because of it. It's getting old.
I think that there are many leading media that would pay to use social media as well as the blogging community do. Traditional media have mostly lost the trust of their readers with phone tapping scandals, alliances and agenda’s.
We know this because we ARE your readers, and the fact that I am increasingly seeing articles about bored housewives on social media, means that traditional media are indeed, losing touch. I wonder why they don't stop being bitter about it, and just learn with us, from us. Engage with us! We are not the enemy.
We are a community of people, with loyal readerships, large and small, because we work hard and we do spend time on social media, engaging and learning. Not because we are bored with bad attitudes and nothing better to do. We are not perfect by any means, but we have merely invented for ourselves what is lacking in most traditional media. Honest, relevant content that is engaged, with no agenda.
We get pretty tired of being lumped in with the large websites like Mama Mia. We are not one and the same, and if the writers of these articles spent ANY time researching, this is pretty obvious. I believe that the time spent writing bitter, ill informed and inflammatory articles about the blogging community and attempting to make women and mothers feel inferior, for the benefit of web traffic would be better spent engaging and building their own community, for the benefit of their web traffic. Hell!! If they did it well, I might just join!!
That's pretty much all I have to say about that.
Blogging for 30 days.