I would never write anything in a sponsored post that I wouldn't have written about anyway. For example, I recently really got into going to these Amish auctions. They're awesome. You can bid on fresh fruit and vegetables, I'm talking this stuff was picked from gardens right before the auction. They auction flowers, furniture, fresh eggs straight from the coop. It's just a really cool part of country living.
So I bid on and won a bunch of vegetables. The auction is conducted by Amish folks and is just so theatrical and fascinating to watch that I recorded some of it on the sly (Amish people don't really dig being photographed or videotaped) and had been planning a post about Amish auctions and all the stuff I bought. When Hillshire Farm asked if I wanted to write about being healthy and trying to cook healthy dinners for my family it all jived. Serge and I want to try and go carb-free August 1, I had been planning this post about buying veggies at the Amish auction... Perfect, I thought. Same thing with the Allstate stuff and us having just road-tripped across the country.
That said, I still get why you'd be concerned about coming here only to have corporations shoved down your throat. Ain't ever going to happen. These two offers came right together and that's how it happened to work out. Generally, I'm thinking you'll see a sponsored post once or twice a month... And come on. Stop with the sellout bullshit. I'm not some hipster band sponsored by my rich parents who has the luxury of finger pointing and calling other people sellouts for being able to charge for their creativity. I'm a mother of two with a family to feed and health insurance to pay for. Don't like it? Go somewhere else. I've been writing on this blog since 2005 and the fact that I've been able to turn it into what I do for a living is mind-bogglingly kick ass. If that still doesn't convince you well... then... there is enough content on this blog between sponsored posts to allow you to continue clicking daily and not read the "sell out" posts. But, honestly? If you're so outraged by the fact that I would accept money from a corporation to write something I'd write on this blog anyway, you should go somewhere else. Because you haven't really been reading what I've written for the past four years then, about wanting to leave FOX News, move to the country and work from home. This is a dream come true for me and I worked my ass off to make it happen.
However, your readership is the reason corporations are willing to pay me to write about stuff. Which is why I don't want you to go somewhere else. And also because I like you. I love that this group of people clicks over here every day to see what's going on with me. I like being able to ask the internet what color I should paint my bathroom and getting excellent advice within seconds. I like that when I feel down y'all are able to commiserate and also tell me to get over myself when I'm being an asshole. I especially like it when I fight with Serge and you side with me, which, of course you do. I'm always right.
So, what can I do to make reading sponsored posts better for you? Some have said I should try to disguise the fact that posts are sponsored with more seamless transitions from the blog part into the sponsorship bit at the end. I kind of disagree. I always want you to be able to very clearly tell which posts are sponsored and wondered if you'd rather know straight away off the top that it's a sponsored post so you don't feel like a "sucker"? Although, again, I'm never going to write a sponsored post that I wouldn't have written on the blog anyway, so don't feel like a sucker! If you're into me, into this blog, you should be just as entertained by a sponsored post as a "regular" post because they're all coming from the same place. So come on, let's do this. Let's hear your theories and thoughts on selling out. Let's have a discussion about sponsored posts and all that entails.