I'm honored to have been chosen to work with Kellogg's for the Love Your Cereal campaign/giveaway and for this trip...but I'm not sure how it happened! I've applied to do other campaigns with BlogHer (who runs the ads on either side of my page), but have never been accepted. Usually the "special stuff" goes to bloggers who have a lot more readers than I do, and understandably so. There must just have not been a lot of applicants this time, I thought.
But I arrived here and realized...I'm a mouse among giraffes. Many, if not all, of the other bloggers here--the giraffes--have blogs a lot bigger than mine. And with their high giraffe viewpoint, they have such a wide view of the blogging world. I've never even been on a blog-related trip before; many of them have been on several. It's natural for them to network with other bloggers and companies.
Just like I find myself--the mouse--getting holed up in my house, enjoying the comfort of my familiar surroundings, I also get holed up in my own little Internet sphere of influence, having fantastic conversations with a relatively small number of friends through Twitter, blogs, and Facebook, but fairly unaware of the majority of the hugely successful mommy bloggers out there, and of the marketing opportunities that exist.
Here's the thing--there's nothing wrong with being a mouse. I am really, really fond of the friends I've made as a mouse! But being around bloggers who have been doing this longer than I have, and have made more connections than I have...it makes me wonder. What do I want to be? A mouse or a giraffe?
I'm not sure. I think what I want is just to be more aware of what's out there. To be inspired by the bloggers around me, and to "up my game" by thinking more about what my blogs are, and what they say, and what direction I want them to go. And then to let the chips fall as they may, whether I end up as a (slightly-more-connected) mouse, or as a giraffe, or as something in between.
What about you? If you're a blogger, are you a mouse or a giraffe? What do you want to be?