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Don’t Act Too Entitled as a Mom Blogger

By Wendy Piersall, Heather B. Armstrong

Of all the mistakes you can make as a blogger, acting too entitled draws the most ire. If you think you deserved the recognition or opportunity more than that other person, fine — but if you gossip about it, or (worse) try to undermine another blogger’s success, it’s an unfortunate line to cross.

It’s quite possible that you do indeed deserve the thing you wanted, but unfortunately, you can’t be on everyone’s radar during every moment of the day. And ultimately, acting as if you should be the center of attention undermines your own credibility far more than it does to anyone else.

Those who have worked on behalf of brands to do blogger-outreach programs have has some uncomfortably eye-opening experiences: They discovered a high percentage of moms demanding free products or requesting extremely expensive items to review.

You have to be able to offer companies something of value in return for what they give you. Being a mom blogger isn’t enough to justify getting free products. If you want to be treated like a professional blogger, you need to have built a following, have sharp social media marketing skills, and know both the written and unwritten rules of professional blogging.

The bloggers who have caught the entitlement bug have also earned the unfortunate title prima donna. Thankfully, they’re the exception and not the norm in the mom-blogging community. Most of the mom bloggers are warm, generous, and grateful for the opportunities that blogging brings to them.

Regrettably, these women — the professional and talented majority — are not the ones whom the outside world imagines as the mom-blogging community. A few prima donnas have planted the “mommy-blogger” stereotype of women acting like spoiled children.

The easiest way to know if a request is appropriate is to simply ask if it is appropriate. And the best way to counteract this stereotype is to simply always maintain your professionalism (even when sometimes it means biting your tongue until it bleeds).

As mom blogging grows as an industry, mom bloggers continue to prove this negative stereotype as wrong, unwarranted, and outdated. But when even a handful of people act this way, it reflects on the community as a whole.

Professional mom bloggers must continue to disprove this detrimental image in order for everyone to succeed, because if more people go the prima donna route, opportunities to work with brands and advertisers will eventually disappear.