After almost five years of blogging, I have green cards in a bunch of communities and full citizenship in none. Because of this I have a unique view into the underbellies of both “The Hobby” and the traditional blogging worlds, and both are in turmoil. A Mommy Blogger blew up the space and went viral due to her vitriol. An alternate view is that her post reflected her anger at herself for selling out, which is probably also true. Both are worth a skim and I agree with about 70% of both. Substitute “miles” for “mommy” and you probably will, too.
I’ll leave the miles and points blogger dissection to George and to my own archives. There’s definitely a culling of the herd here too, which I view as a good thing. Some of what passes as travel advice is frightening- the prominent network blogger who misnamed Mexico City’s tourist district comes to mind.
No matter how much is in flux, one thing won’t change: Saverocity readers will challenge me daily.
It’s only when I visit the mom blog world that I realize how rare a gift this is. I recently spent time with 50 family travel bloggers who don’t have any experience with readers like Saverocity’s. Many of them had been to Beaches at the same mommy blog conference I attended and all had written glowing reviews of the place- almost none with any pricing information whatsoever. I explained how shocking I found the lack of such an important detail and told them “my readers would have eaten me alive” if I hadn’t broken down the Beaches value proposition (or lack of it).
I might as well have spoken in Greek- they had absolutely no idea what I was talking about! Comments? Reader responsibility? It wasn’t that they didn’t care what readers thought, they simply never heard from readers. And these are blogs with 10X or more the pageviews my little corner of the internet gets.
That made me understand a lot of the things I have seen that formerly made no sense. For instance- I’ve turned down multiple offers of up to $500 to write sponsored content about pantiliners. There is just no amount of money that will justify me writing about peeing my pants. But I’ve seen many mom bloggers tweet about “tee hee” and “pee pee”. I finally realized they didn’t have Saverocity readers to tell them “really?”.
On Traveling Mom I’ve written almost 40 pieces and had exactly 4 comments that weren’t from other Traveling Mom writers- and three of them I recognized from Saverocity.
But here on The Deal Mommy I’ve had readers tell me my kids need therapy because they didn’t like Hanoi traffic. I’ve had readers pull out the fine print in offers in order to point out minute details they think I didn’t document clearly enough. I’ve had readers question my motives, question my actions, question my math. When I give an opinion I fully expect multiple comments telling me (in great detail) exactly why I am misguided. If I recommend a destination I fully expect to hear multiple reasons why it sucks.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Saverocity readers make me gut check my ethics, disclose and re-disclose, edit and re-edit, check and re-check, and be 100% ready to defend every word I post. I love you for it.
Now go ahead and tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.
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