An interesting thing is happening with this blog. More people are reading it (which is all good… tell your friends and have them tell their friends!) but some of those new readers have something to sell. They want me to promote whatever it is they are selling.
I’m not sure what to do with that. This blog is not about selling stuff for other people, but it is about motherhood and about working from home with kids underfoot. Sometimes a product or service makes that easier.
A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a company selling business cards for moms. The idea was that since moms often first get to know each other as ‘Jimmy’s mom’ or ‘Suzie’s mom’ why not help them introduce themselves that way. At first I was offended. I didn’t want to identify myself solely as ‘The Boy’s Mom.’ I am much more than that. The more I thought about it though, I began to wonder. I do work and I do have business cards that identify me as a writer. I also often give them out when I meet new moms and try to set up playdates. The cards have all the appropriate information for people to be able to reach me. Why shouldn’t all mother’s have that kind of convenience? It would be particularly useful as a military mom. It took years after we moved this last time to meet a group of women I feel comfortable with. A mom card might make that easier for some women.
So, you see my dilemma. I don’t feel like being a free marketing tool for profit generating businesses but at the same time, sometimes these issues do relate to the life of a Work-At-Home Mom or to life as a mom. Most recently (and the reason I was prompted to write about this today) a new website is asking me to offer a give away on my blog. The site is supposed to teach women how to build online businesses. The e-mail claims to have ‘hand-picked’ my blog to offer a give away a free ‘one-month GOLD membership’ and wants me to offer coupons to all my readers. My first instinct was to hit ‘delete’ but then I thought about it. Maybe this is the kind of thing people actually want to be reading.
This brings me to my question… should I be writing about this kind of thing as the opportunity comes up? I have already decided I won’t do product reviews on the main blog but am willing to do so on an ancillary site I have set up (atlanticwriterreviews.blogspot.com). There isn’t anything there yet since no one has decided they desperately want my opinion, but stay tuned. What about the kinds of giveaways and services being offered to Work-At-Home moms? Do we care? Can I hit delete or do you want me to consider these things and post about the interesting ones? I turn this dilemma over to you as the readers. What do you think?