The downfalls of blogging.

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When I was pregnant I knew once bub came along that my time would no longer be my own. It would be devoted to her and everything else would come second. Including this blog. Which probably came about 100th on the list after washing, cleaning, oh and trying to have a shower. As Sophie got into a routine things became a little easier and I tried to update this blog as much as I could.  The problem then wasn’t only just finding the time, it was finding some brain cells to string an intelligent sentence together.

In the beginning, this blog was for me. A place to vent, whinge and just crap on with whatever I liked. As more people started to read it, I also thought about the readers when blogging and tried to write about topics that pepole could relate to.

I’m guilty of being sarcastic, and having a sense of humour, which led to my Supermodel post. There are many many comments that I have never published on that post, because they are rude and offensive. How dare someone think they can visit my blog, MY BLOG and call me names and carry on. I’m terribly sorry but it is not my problem that you don’t have a sense of humour. I even thought about turning Puff Pieces off and crawling under a rock where there was no Internet connection.

Then I recently received a comment on a random post from a man who didn’t appreciate some spelling mistakes I had made. I’m terribly sorry but I didn’t realise this was the online Macquarie Dictionary. It’s a blog, a very informal casual blog that unfortunately doesn’t have the time to be proof read 1000 times before being published.

And then there’s product reviews. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive 2 products to review. First were the label stickers and then the Softie’s Baby Shoes. And most recently a marketing company invited me to help with the Disney Live! show promotion for the Newcastle shows. Why would I say no to that? It’s a great opportunity for myself and my daughter to experience a live kids stage show and for some Puff Pieces readers to win tickets of their own.

I have never received any financial payment for my writing, so why not enjoy a few perks along the way. I have been approached by companies to publish stories they have written full of links to their clients but I have always refused, and will only write about products I have myself tried and tested.

The fact that 2 out of the current 3 posts on the website are about products/shows is a coincidence. Once again it all comes back to that time factor. And when you’ve just had 6 weeks with limited Internet access because we were renovating, my priorities were elsewhere rather than making sure the current posts on the blog were of an adequate variety. Throw in a one year old who has decided that one day sleep is now enough, and there goes another day, week, month flying by.

Sometimes I think I’m too sensitive to have a blog. I’m too quick to react. But then other times I think why should I bother getting upset. If you have decided to no longer read Puff Pieces, then you probably won’t be reading this. But in case you are, thanks for reading thus far. And be sure not to check in next week when I’ll have another great product review.

Right, so now that I’ve used the washing up time to write this I better go and at least have a shower.

7 Comments
  • Kristy
    October 27, 2011

    I love your blog Ami!! Don’t worry what other people think, if this is what gets you through a tough day so be it. For all those negative people they clearly have too much time on their hands and need to get a life. I know everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there’s seriously no need to be offensive and nasty. Your doing a great job on your blog and being a mum. Stuff what anybody else thinks or says about this! Right, now I’ve had my vent have a terrific day and I really look forward to your next blog! :-)

  • cass
    October 27, 2011

    you know what…. i enjoy reading your blog because it make me feel like im not alone. i’m not the only one feeling like life is not the fairy tale i believed it was meant to be as a kid; im not the only one feeling like parenting is actually really really though etc etc. I don’t care if your speeling is not perfect, Goodness knows my spelling leaves a lot to be desired, and i too have a tertiary qualification. if i don’t agree with your opinion one day then so bloody what, its YOUR point of view on YOUR blog, and my life is not so tragic that i feel the need to be nasty publically every time i don’t agree with someones opinion, who has that time!!! Keep it up hon, some people are just nasty and have sad lives and as they say “misery loves company”, just know that you’re the bigger person. If someone doesn’t like your blog, tyhere is this thing called choice so…. WHY BLOODY READ IT!

  • Clo
    October 27, 2011

    stick with it Ami! The fact that people are responding in the way that they are (positively or negatively) says you strike a chord, your blog is interesting enough for people to respond and even vent back. I have never come across a popular blog without a “variety” of responses. We love your blog Bella xx

  • Sarah
    October 27, 2011

    Dearest Ami,
    The 1st prerogative as a mum is that you are allowed to vent/whinge/carry on at whatever, whomever and whenever you like to whomever, and whatever will listen. There are far too few people in this world who have an opinion and stick to it. So many of us are caught up with saying what people want to hear and not what they need to hear. I’ve been putting up with renovations for 6.5 years and have 2 children 17 months apart and I work!!! So, to those people who dare to criticise you for doing something for you then i say “to hell with them” and “get a frigging life!” You keep doing what you do and keep being you as there aren’t enough of you around!!! xxx

  • Megan @ Writing Out Loud
    October 27, 2011

    It’s really hard when people make comments like that. Boo to them, just keep writing whatever you enjoy writing. Lots of us love reading it.

  • Sally-Anne Brewer
    November 3, 2011

    I agree with Bella, not everyone will agree with everything you write, and people are entitled to voice their opinion, just as you are. I think it’s important to publish all comments, unless they are threatening or contain foul language. Comments to this post are attacking the people who left negative feedback by being negative about them. I have looked back over past comments and can’t find any recent negative ones so I can only assume they have not being published. Without being able to read the comments myself I don’t think it’s fair to comment. People don’t have a right to attack you, however if you have a public blog that allows comments, they do gave the right to voice their opinion and comment on posts you right. The more feedback you receive the more you know people are reading and considering your views and opinions.

  • Sally-Anne Brewer
    November 3, 2011

    I agree with Bella, not everyone will agree with everything you write, and people are entitled to voice their opinion, just as you are. I think it’s important to publish all comments, unless they are threatening or contain foul language. Comments to this post are attacking the people who left negative feedback by being negative about them. I have looked back over past comments and can’t find any recent negative ones so I can only assume they have not being published. Without being able to read the comments myself I don’t think it’s fair to comment. People don’t have a right to attack you, however if you have a public blog that allows comments, they do gave the right to voice their opinion and comment on posts you write. The more feedback you receive the more you know people are reading and considering your views and opinions.

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