I (we) have been blogging since June 2008, writing over 347 posts in the past 4 years. Whew. Phil started the blog actually, but I quickly took it up. I’ve enjoyed it. I write to keep family up to date. I write because I love looking back and seeing what we were up to. I guess I also blog because it’s fun.
Lately, I’ve been trying to get more serious about it, as well. I’m not saying I’m stressing out and looking at Google Analytics and my “blog numbers” all the time. I mean that I signed up for Google Analytics and started looking at it, period. I’ve made a Facebook page recently. I’ve been trying to get into Twitter because I think it could be more fun for communicating back and forth and getting to know some bloggers, but I haven’t managed to really sink my teeth into actually using it yet.
Along with this, I also signed up for a social media advertising group for bloggers called Social Spark. That’s where I got my first opportunity to write a sponsored post, which I did this past week. I’m not going to become a crazy advertising/sponsored post blog. But if one comes up that I think is relevant to something I want to write about anyway or is for a product I use or would like to actually use, then I’ll do it.
That said, I’m sort of about to bend the rule, but it involves a giveaway which is something for you not me! I got the chance to participate in a Back to School series of giveaways hosted by Jess from My Silly Monkeys. Now I don’t have any kids going back to school, and I don’t usually talk about that subject, but the things being given away aren’t just useful for kids in school. And I’m also viewing this as a blogger educational experience for me.
And now to the meat, or rather, the prize. A $200 Amazon gift card. The giveaway starts on August 13th and ends at 11:59pm on August 31st. So enter away and may the odds be ever in your favor!
So please excuse my sell-out-blogging-giveaway-experiment this week. Also, please let me know your honest opinions. Terrible sellout? Free stuff excuses everything? Only relevant giveaways next time? No giveaways at all? Back to the home decor?