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I love meeting new people, interacting with them and, most of all, helping them. If I meet someone in an elevator, I make sure to say hi and engage in a conversation. If my neighbor needs help with babysitting, I will be there! This is me! I love helping others and rarely ask for a favor. My husband always says: If you could, you will give up our home for others!
This is why I started blogging. No, not to give up our home! To help others and share my experience with them! I don’t pretend to know everything but I believe that each person has something to share with others. Each person can help the others in one way or another! Blogging is my way of sharing my experience with others.
Blogging as a Passion
My son had strabismus, which required multiple surgeries, multiple therapies and endless doctor appointments I wanted to share that! Maybe my experience can help others! So I started OurFamilyWorld.com. I wanted an online stop for families juggling multiple responsibilities. I wanted a place where people can learn from each other, entertain, have fun with their families and live a pleasant life! I shared healthy recipes, activities for kids, health tips! I hired amazing contributors (because I don’t know everything and cannot do everything by myself even if my husband thinks I am a superwoman).
My main purpose of blogging was to provide tips for a healthy lifestyle for the family. Since everything starts in the womb, we cover pregnancy issues, health news for kids and healthy recipes for the whole family. We also provide ways to balance your budget. Studies showed that there is a link between money and healthy lifestyle. Realizing that the two can go hand-in-hand, I found another great way to use my knowledge to help others!
Money management is my strength. I am a chartered accountant. I am proud of what I accomplished on OurFamilyWorld.com. Two of the articles I was really proud of- How to Start a Budget and How to stick to Your Budget-had so much buzz. Readers were emailing me questions and leaving comments! One reader emailed me just to say: thank you!! I was so proud I could share of my knowledge and help the others! It gave me such a great feeling that reinforced my passion for blogging.
One of my proudest accomplishments on the site is the bullying section! My son was bullied at school and the cause is very close to my heart! While we cover bullying topics regularly, we decided to have a special month-long series dedicated to bullying articles. We shared information about recognizing and preventing this epidemic. One day a music star emailed us and shared his story with us. It was so touching!
My team and I try to raise awareness about these causes and the importance of healthy living! We work hard to bring the best to our readers! It is a LOT of work! Between searching the topics, editing, formatting, connecting and finding the right picture or the right recipe, it is definitely a full-time job several times over! My team and I are happy to do it! Why? Because we help others, we have that special relationship with a reader that it is so important to us! It is our passion and we are proud of what we accomplish.
Blogging as a business
Blogging is a passion, that’s for sure. If it wasn’t, our readers would see right through it. Writing great content requires putting your heart and soul out there. We don’t just write generic informational posts. Anyone can write those! We want to provide our readers with a deeper look at a topic and let them know how those topics touch our lives as well. If the world ran on passion for the job, we’d all be the equivalent of millionaires! It doesn’t work that way, though. So for us, blogging is also a business, which means we need to earn revenue to keep going.
Why do we need to sell advertising? Two things: it is nice to share new products/services with our readers! Also, blogging is a business for me! Like everyone, I have bills to pay; I have writers to pay, hosting and expenses! If I don’t sell advertising, I will not be able to hire writers to bring you amazing crafts or share with you the latest news on healthy living. If I do not sell advertising, I will not be able to feed my children! As simple as that! I have an obligation towards them. I cannot let them down!
Blogging is a business for me and for many other bloggers. It is a rising business because bloggers can be influencers in their area of expertise! But even if it is a business, our readers are always at the forefront of my mind and efforts! I don’t want to disappoint. My team and I work hard on that to bring them the best of the best! I am so blessed because I get to share my passion and earn a living with it! Few people get to do what they love! I am lucky!
Our readers and our site are important to every member of our team. So when a company asks us for advertising in any form- from sidebar ads to sponsored content-we do a lot of digging into the background of the company to make sure it adds value to our readers, to make sure it is the right fit for our vision! We value our readers, first and foremost! Vetting our advertisers is extremely important.
Vetting advertisers and influencers with InNetwork
InNetwork is a great way to ensure we’re working with quality advertisers. They have the largest list of high-quality influencers. Brands can find the right fit for their company’s vision, and influencers can rest assured that the company has been fully vetted as a valuable resource. With the launch of OurFamilyWorld Sling Bags for Active Families, we’re now on both sides of that fence! As bloggers, we want to make sure we’re using our influence to help others. With the new store, we also want to make sure we’re getting our new products in front of the right people! InNetwork not only handles the planning and implementing stages of a campaign, they also provide data to companies detailing the influencer’s audience. It’s a win-win for both sides!