Who is Your Editor?
Last week I was on a phone interview and I was asked the question “Does the fact that bloggers work without editors affect your content?”
That got me thinking. I never considered the fact that I don’t have an editor when I decide my content. Sure, I could post whatever I want, however, I have a family that I want to reflect well upon. And a church. And a community. And the blogging community .
In my four years in the blogosphere I’ve watched more than one mom blogger implode. She gets a bit of fame, forgets who she is writing for, forgets that her children deserve not only some privacy, but also her time, and a once lovely read turns sour.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most bloggers don’t go into blogging to implode.
We all go into this blogging things for different reasons. I started my blog as sort of online diary, a writing exercise of sorts. Since then it has evolved into a space that (I hope) encourages and uplifts mothers (and some grandmas too) in their vocation. I don’t want to paint an overly rosy picture of motherhood (though I really am living the dream most days), but I don’t want to make my readers think it is all tedium and laundry (though some days it really is).
I have to think, very hard each day before I hit the “publish” button. There are times that I am very upset about someone or something and cannot wait to vent about it here. Then I realize that it is of no benefit to my readers, and may detract from my purpose. I may have a very funny story to share about my kids, but then I pause, reflect, and consider whether it is worth embarrassing my children to entertain my readers.
So in short, yes, I am very aware of the difficulties of being my own editor. By stating my opinions on matters plainly, do I turn some readers off? Perhaps. Do I miss out on chances for lucrative sponsorships? Maybe. However, most brands and companies that I have worked with appreciate my candor and my professionalism. I try not to take on projects that I cannot follow through with, and I only take on projects that I can stand behind. You’ll rarely find a negative review here, not because I just put a positive spin on everything, but because the things I feature here are really things I use, and love.
Chime in! Are you a blogger? How do you decide what to post or not? Do you have a mission statement? A policy for content? You know I’d love to hear from you!