1. I joined Instagram! Username: vegmargaret (My twitter handle wasn't available on instagram, though my instagram handle appears to be available on twitter, so I might change it in the near future on twitter to match, especially as the instagram one is consistent with pinterest.)
I have to tell you that the primary reason I signed up for Instagram is to utilize it for Influenster sharing items. But - because I'll be using it to subject you to potentially obnoxious sponsored items, I vow to maintain at least 80% of my content as cat photos. (Seriously. Hold me to it.)
2. I joined Influenster, and qualified for a "voxbox" which I just received this week. Basically, Influenster is a network that works to connect brands with bloggers and other "social influencers". They do surveys to see if your interests qualify for boxes of product they send out for review. I guess if you prove your worth you get more valuable boxes; to start with you get some hodge podge items from various brands.
I honestly don't know how I qualified for this one, which is mostly beauty products. Either they give you the first one that comes up when you've joined so you don't think the whole thing is a crock, or my answer to the effect of "routinely wear makeup" (i.e, I have a two-minute routine of standard makeup I apply each day to look professional at my job) was sufficient to make me sound like a fashionista.
3. I'm hoping this will lead to more opportunities for sponsored posts or products review, as well as maybe applying for some brand ambassadorships. First cause it's fun to get free stuff or (hopefully, eventually!) some extra cash! And as we're looking forward to expanding our family, I like the idea of exploring options that could allow me to reduce hours at my real job and still earn some extra income while being at home part time. I also hope that partnering with brands will expand the reach of my blog, and thus the extent of the community and conversation I try to foster with it.
I absolutely promise you, I will not promote in a positive light a brand or product that I dislike, regardless of monetary consequences. I know everyone says that, but, heck, I'm not sure I'll even get another voxbox after the direction of some of the (honest and constructive, in line with my ethics and interests) comments I plan to make on this one . Nor will I ever turn my blog into a walking advertisment without my own content (presuming I could even get that much sponsored content, which I realize is presuming a lot).
If I ever become an asshole or seem to lose common sense regarding sponsored content (since there does seem to be some degree of correlation with these things in the blog world), feel free to call me out on it.
4. Enter my first giveaway here! Despite the preceding paragraphs in this post, this is an absolutely unsponsored, unaffiliated, personally purchased giveaway. I just wanted to do something for my readers who have shared my Doctor Who post and celebrate the awesome reach it's achieved!