Here is a link to the episode which can be watched online. It’s in Segment 3 of the show, about 3 minutes in. Enjoy!
Tonight I’m going to be on the television show “The Project” that airs on Channel 10 at 6pm. The story is about the rise of Mummy Bloggers in Australia and how the scene has played out in US over the past 5 years or so. There are actually US bloggers that make millions of dollars a year from their endorsements and tonight’s story on the show (as I am lead to believe) is looking at that success and asking if we might have some of the “Millionaire Mummy Blogger” action on our own shores. We are just at the start of this rise here in Australia, brands are starting to listen and want in on the action. I was lucky enough to be signed by the first blogging agent in Australia Lorraine Murphy when she launched The Remarkables Group last month. I am still pinching myself that I was included in her initial line up – I am by no stretch of the imagination one of the biggest bloggers in this country. My numbers and stats are what they are (and are a damn sight bigger than they were when just my Mum and sisters read it 6 years ago), my blog is what it is, and I am holding my head up high and proud that it is worthy of comment in the conversation in a traditional media vehicle such a commercial television. How did that happen?
I spoke to the show about my blog, about how I write about my life in the country, the move from inner city living to a slow, wonderful pace. About my kids, my marriage, my stupid but fabulous garbage bin, my house, food I eat, wine I guzzle. It’s not rocket science, and it’s not every one’s cup of tea, but it’s something. Each day I am reminded that it’s something by the countless emails and comments and conversations that start from my words that I write down. It’s no different to the conversations that have happened over the back fence or the playground or Schoolyard for years. No different from women sitting around a village, preparing food for their families or down by a river washing clothes. It’s just done in a different medium – the sharing, the asking, the questioning, the laughing. Connection. That’s what blogging is to me. Whether we realise it or not, we influence people and I know that I do so on my blog. I tell you what gin I like to drink, what brand of tea I like, what artists work I like to put on my walls. I do it because I like to share, and because people want to know. Taking the next step and working with brands and being paid to do it? Well, it’s no different to me. The stuff I would talk about would only ever be things I would recommend to you if we were chatting in real life. I’m not going to write about something, just because I might get paid to do so. It’s just not how I roll, and it’s not how this blog rolls either. You know before most of were “Mummies” we used to be “executives” and “managers” and “artists” and “professionals”. Fancy that?! To me it’s smart. It’s business. And I’m excited and thrilled that I am now in a position to do so.
I don’t know what parts of the story will be shown tonight. I don’t know what the response will be from other bloggers, from the general public. I am working on toughening up my skin, letting things roll off my back and resting assured that in a few days time it will all blow over. I’m sure people will have views about me, my house, how I look, what I write about. Everything. Cause it’s easy to from the safety of your lounge room isn’t it? From behind twitter? Or a comment? I know because I am guilty of it as well. It’s just human nature – cut the bastard down! And it’s OK, I’ve signed up for that and I’m as ready as I’m ever going to be.
I’ll just keep reading the support that I continue to get day in, day out. Things like: “Never underestimate the power of your written words; Beth. Thank you for writing in such an eloquent way, the words that I cannot seem to get down at the moment.” And I’ll just keep on writing, blogging, photographing, sharing, keep doing my own thing and keep counting my lucky stars that I have so many awesome people wishing me all the best. Thank you.
Now, someone pass me the popcorn, I think this is going to be interesting to watch…oh, and if anyone needs me this afternoon, I’ll be busy in my counting house, counting all my money. Snort.