In response to a lot of hooplah over the New York Times article about bloggers and the Bloggy Bootcamp, I wrote this comment to Tiffany and Heather, of the Secret is in the Sauce, and founders of the Bloggy Bootcamp. I hope you’ll read the article, if you are a blogger, or just interested in knowing what they’re all talking about. I might add, that I am not on the bandwagon of giveaways, PR, etc., though, if that’s what you do, fine. My purpose is to disciple women, to help them, to do what the Lord tells me to do. I pray that what I write is pleasing to Him, and also helpful to you. Today is no exception.
Here is my comment over on SITS:
“Tiffany and Heather,
Let me first say, I don’t blog for money. I’m a SAHM who loves the Lord and wants to help other women. However, though the title was an “unfortunate choice” and a bit misleading, this article is excellent, and is, or will be, an avalanche of free advertising for SITS and Bloggy Bootcamps, and all the blogs this New York Times author linked, if you don’t shoot yourselves in the foot by attacking it. May I suggest that perhaps you need to take a step back and gain some perspective. Tiffany and Heather, this article praised you.
Quoting, “Yes, they had come to Bloggy Boot Camp, the sold-out first stop on a five-city tour. It is the brainchild of Tiffany Romero and Heather Blair, the founders of the Secret Is in the Sauce, a community of 5,000 female bloggers. Boot Camp is at once a networking and social event, bringing together virtual friends for some real-time girly bonding, and an educational seminar designed to help the participants — about 90 percent of them mothers — to take their blogs up a notch, whether in hopes of generating ad revenue and sponsorships, attracting attention to a cause or branching out into paid journalism or marketing.”
Other positive quotes,
“The blogosphere is where authentic conversation is happening,” said Pamela Parker, a senior manager with Federated Media..”Marketers are recognizing that they want to be there, associated with that authentic conversation,” Ms. Parker said.
“Embellished with professional graphics, pithy tag lines and labels like ‘PR Friendly,’ these blogs have become a burgeoning industry generating incomes ranging from $25 a month in what one blogger called ‘latte money’ to, for a very elite few, six figures.”
We’re not all making big bucks, or even trying to, but obviously many are trying to sell on their blogs. Have we become supersensitive? Are we taking ourselves too seriously or do we just need to take a good hard look in the mirror?
This was not hate, or if it was, may I stand next to you, Tiffany and Heather, the next time you’re receiving some?
Faith’s Firm Foundation
(If you go to SITS, read Kevin Berry’s very well-written, unbiased opinion, which I totally agreed with.)