Who am I? I’m Daisy, and this is my blog. I write it, I maintain it, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Once in a while, I make changes. Unless we’re professional bloggers by trade (and some are), any of us in the blogsphere will change what we can and spend time within reason to keep our blogs unique and good quality.
Last summer the buzz for bloggers included creating an elevator pitch. For example, if you were in an elevator at the BlogHer conference and you had to quickly describe your blog, what would you say? Here’s my first attempt:
Compost Happens is a personal blog: part family, part garden, part eco-consciousness. It chronicles my home life, teaching life, coffee, garden, …. oh, darn it, this is getting too wordy.
Okay, here goes again.
Compost Happens is a personal blog: part family, part garden, part crunchy green eco-writer. I’m Daisy, and I’m the groundskeeper here. I take care of family, garden, and coffee, when I’m not teaching and doing laundry.
That’s a little better, but it’s still a rough draft. Should I mention A Mother’s Garden of Verses or Mid-Century Modern Moms? Maybe. Now I’m thinking and revising, and that can only lead to positive changes.
Any changes, however, need to retain the integrity of the blog. Reviews, for example. The FCC is now regulating bloggers’ reviews, calling for clear disclosure of donated items and paid posts. Frankly, BlogHer ads have always required that kind of disclosure; it’s not new. Mothertalk/ MomCentral, unfortunately, is getting some negative exposure. I commented on a post related to integrity of reviews, and the emails came flooding in.
When I posted an honest review of James Patterson’s Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Mothertalk quoted a select few lines that made my post sound neutral, if not positive.
When I reviewed Return to Sullivan’s Island, I was again honest. Mothertalk asked me to change the review. I modified a few lines, but I could not make the book sound good. It just wasn’t. In fact, the first Sullivan’s Island was so much better I wondered if the author had really written the sequel.
Since then, I’ve been blocked from doing further book reviews.
Mothertalk/ MomCentral doesn’t seem to get it. Glowing sugar-coated reviews are not credible. If I encourage people to read a book, it’ll be worth their time. I’m a teacher, published in professional journals, a teacher of reading and writing, an educated reviewer. By telling me to change a review or not post it, they compromise their site’s integrity.
Frankly, I don’t plan to compromise mine.