Saturday, August 22, 2009

Because I Can

Over the past couple of months, there have been lots of strong opinions flying back and forth between bloggers (to put it mildly). It seems some think doing reviews, giveaways and the like is compromising their blogging integrity (an oxymoron, if I ever heard one). Others say it's their bread and butter and will continue to do it for as long as PR peeps keep sending them free samples of cleaning products and baby swag (yawn).

I've done a couple of giveaways here. I like doing them. The problem for me is that I then have to follow up and actually send things out, adding another "to do" to my never-ending list. I'd rather not tick readers off by taking weeks (can you say months?) in fulfilling winnings. (But if someone wants to sponsor AND ship it out, I'm listening.)

As for reviews, it's not really my style to review something that I wouldn't try on my own. I haven't gotten sucked into trying the latest and greatest products since Jacob was born. I think I still have things I got at my baby shower that I can't figure out what they do or how they work. I learned quickly that a lot of the "necessary" items are completely unnecessary.

But I do like sharing things that I discover, whether they rock my world or waste my money. I've got some posts in the works that review toys, household items and a kid show soon-to-be premiered. Because when I have an opinion, I just can't keep it to myself!

And speaking of opinion, I also have a new series coming up called Is It Just Me?. In it, I will tell you about something that I feel strongly about and give you the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon, or call me out. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Last (but not least, of course), I am going to start a cool new feature, one that showcases you, the Silver Whining reader. It's called Social Sundays. One or two Sundays a month, I'll be doing things like soliciting your blog urls to share with readers (free traffic!) and showcasing readers who are doing cool things, making a difference, or just living life in a way I aspire to. If you want to be featured or have your blog involved, drop me a note at

Happy Saturday, everyone!