Mom Dot's PR blackout challenge has me wondering … how the heck did it come to this?
Trisha, one of the founders of the community, explains: "With the allure of giveaways, reviews, and blog trips, Mom Bloggers have turned from what they love the most, their family, into working directly as public relations for their captive audience. It boils down to knowing your worth and then standing up for it."
I agree that PR has got the best of many mommy blogs and I tend to read the ones rich on content and lean on press releases. That's just my preference.
But as the founder of British Mummy Bloggers and a mummy blogging evangelist myself, I am worried. I feel a bit protective over our growing, supportive, and often naive community.
What can we do to make sure the same thing does not happen here?
Should we have a code of ethics?
Should we all pledge to only run one competition a week (or none at all?)
Should we ignore PR completely when many have genuinely valuable information to pass on?
What are your thoughts ladies … (and gentlemen)? How do we preserve our parent blogging community? Are mums being asked to do too much? Can there be a balance?