By now, you've probably seen the backlash from this video:
Did you forget that you own an ad network to specifically advertise on blogs? (The very ad network that I use on this blog in fact.) So...I should probably just keep my mouth shut but hey, it's never stopped me before!
Big hubbub about me not supporting bloggers. Martha Stewart loves most bloggers who are great friends and trusted alliesYour attempt at an apology is probably not going to cut it with most of us. See, many of us looked up to you, admired you even. In the video you ask "who ARE these bloggers" and I think the problem is you really don't know who we are! So I'm going to tell you, even though I know it was a rhetorical question.
— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) October 16, 2013
Who we are:
We are a treasure trove of information. Do you want to know how I learned how to sew? My mother-in-law helped me with one simple project, and everything else I know about sewing I learned from BLOGGERS. Everything. Without this community where would I be? I can't even imagine. This community changed my life.
|Things I've made that would have been impossible without bloggers.|
We are generous. Each tutorial/recipe accounts for about 12 hours of work (or it does for me anyway). Think about it: we have to complete a project, (while stopping every 5 minutes to take photos of every step in good lighting), photograph the finished product, edit all the photos, and prepare a well-worded and visually appealing tutorial. That takes a LOT of work! And we put them out there on the internet, for free, because that's the kind of people we are. If our readers have a question, they can email us, and we will personally email them back to help them through their project.
We are supportive. We love to see each other succeed in this community. We make sure we Pin other bloggers' posts to Pinterest, we retweet them, and we comment on their blogs to let them know they're doing a great job.
We are passionate. We wouldn't be doing this if we weren't! Blogging can be a thankless endeavor. If you get a huge amount of traffic (I don't) you can make some money through advertising, but I'll be honest it's not a lot. Much like teaching, we don't do it for the money. We do it because we love what we do and we want to share it with the world.
So now that you know us better, Martha, let's call a truce. We'll keep doing what we're doing, and you keep doing what you're doing. We're both great at it. The difference is you have minions to do your bidding and we have ourselves, and we are juggling kids and husbands and careers and dishes and laundry on top of our blogs. We're not experts. But we are changing the world.