Contacting Modern Proverbs 31 Woman
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My Stance on Reviews or Recommendations on My Site
I love checking out stuff. I love reading people’s views on their sites. I think this sounds like a lot of fun. And then I look at my calendar, my long list of to-do, and sigh. I just don’t have the time to give them the kind of justice I’d love to do. AND, I don’t want my blog to become just a promotional source. My whole main goal was for this to be a spiritual outlet for myself, and as they say, the “main thing” needs to be the “main thing.”
And so, I created this compromise with myself.
I will only post reviews of products I have used, will actually use, or think I will actually use, on a regular basis. – This will help me keep a high level of integrity that I am comfortable with, and also will make sure that those reviews will not overwhelm my normal level of insanity. I’m sorry, I just don’t have the kind of time I would like to devote to blogging at all, and it’s better that I do a little very well, than a lot very poorly.
I will only post reviews of products I actually like. I have to at least like the item, even if I end up deciding it’s not for me. I will always give honest feedback and reviews, but if I have strong criticisms, I will address them directly and privately. I believe this goes along with the biblical Matthew model of conflict resolution. So, if the requester wants true feedback they will get it and a chance to evaluate whatever changes they choose to make in the future, without dealing with negative internet published feedback (which we know, never dies). Also, this will keep this blog focused on what I want to emphasize – encouraging, motivating, and empowering Christian women.
Unless you have bad customer service. And then all bets are off. 🙂
What are your stats – followers, readership, etc? I am happy to share that information with interested parties, once we have decided to establish a working relationship.
I am often asked what my “focus” is- and what types of things I am interested in. To be honest, this might change by the day. In a general sense, the topics would include sincerely living my faith as a Christian woman in today’s current climate and any issues that might be entangled in that, raising girls into today’s society, raising those girls to be strong Christian female leaders for their own times, homeschooling girls, bilingualism and being a multicultural family, working while homeschooling, and also whatever else just might be going through my heart and head at the time.
Are you open to contests, giveaways, freebies, and the like? Yes, I am happy to participate and help in that way, as long as everything goes along with the rules above.
My Stance on Sharing and Reblogging:
I believe sharing my personal stance on etiquette rules are now in order.
I am pretty darn picky about my reputation. That is not meant to offend, but to let you know I hold myself and my words up to a pretty darn high ideal. My words are a reflection of my value of integrity – I am very careful that everything I ever publish is held to a high standard. Does this reflect me and who I am? Who I am striving to be and become? Which is why I’m a bit picky on who I work with, and where my message and words are “publicized.”
Which is all to say that while I appreciate and am thankful for every comment, follower and “share,” I do not appreciate total “reblogs” of my content. Reblogging would be defined as when someone grabs your content off your site and publishes it on their own. They are supposed to at least link back to your site, so a reader could also read the original. There are several reasons I am not a fan of reblogging. #1 – I lose control over my own written word, where it is located, and what it is associated with. #2 – No one asked. Your brand might align exactly with mine, or it might not. But by reblogging without even asking, you are taking that decision away from me – the actual author of the content! I know this is the Internet, blah, blah blah, but it’s still not cool. #3 – With just that single tiny link back to my site, it reeks of plagiarism. Not only are you stealing my words, you are stealing my SEO and results.
From my own research, I know there are several schools of thought on this subject, so I am sharing my own, and how I choose to administrate my own site.
1. I appreciate all comments, likes and shares! I am thankful for each and everyone of you in this little community we’ve created.
2. If you are going to quote me or link back to me in your own blog post, thank you! Please let me know that you have done so and share the link. If you can give me a heads up, I might just be able to share your post with my community here as well! (This is different than “reblogging” – an example of this sort of post would be writing your own words and opinions, and then sharing a link back to my site as a connection or another resource. This is “proper manners” as I teach my girls, and much appreciated.)
3. I consider “asking permission” beforehand good manners and should be done. Each and every time. “Asking forgiveness” afterwards isn’t the same thing. Let’s all act how our momma raised us, okay?
4. If you’re looking for my “rule,” pulling out a QUOTE and giving me full credit, as well as a link back to my original blog post, is generally acceptable. Taking an entire copy of my content and using as your own, is absolutely not. EVER. Even with a meager little link back hidden in the post. Unless I wrote that entire article expressly for you and your site, this should never be seen as okay by anyone.