Well, now you'll get the chance (Gee, isn't that what you've always wanted? What? You'd prefer a Starbuck's gift card instead? Hmmm. Lemme think about it.). I just joined The Parent Bloggers Network where I'll be contributing reviews about products that are of particular interest to parents.
My first opportunity to write a review came up this fall when a PR professional representing a new bleach product contacted me. I'd read Jamie's review and thought it would be fun to check out the product and give my own thoughts about it here on the blog. But although the PR woman told me she'd send the product out, it never arrived. My foray into product reviews was over before it began. That is, until December when two publishing companies contacted me directly. One asked me to review two of their books on The Delaney Diaries and another asked me to review their book on MusingMama.com. Both shipped me their books immediately. I was thrilled for the opportunities--who wouldn't love to read free books and share their opinions about them--and those reviews will be up soon. But as much as I'm enjoying the experience of reviewing, I don't have time to chase down the next opportunity.
That's where The Parent Bloggers Network comes in. I read about it on CityMama last week and was immediately struck by how cool it is. The PBN takes the legwork out of the review process for bloggers by matching them with business owners and PR professionals. Bloggers in the PBN designate categories in which they have an interest and when review opportunities become available, the PBN sets it up. I jumped at the chance to get free products in exchange for honest and (let's hope) intelligent reviews and I joined their diverse and prestigious group of bloggers. I can't wait to dive in.
If you're into spouting off about stuff you like and stuff you don't and can do it in a respectful and interesting manner, The Parent Bloggers Network may be for you. They're adding bloggers to their list so go here for more info. Updated to add: I just read on the PBN that they've closed their open call for bloggers but said they'll hold another when necessary.