There really is so much to say on the topic. Perhaps reader comments will help me elaborate. I’ve written before about how blogs have influenced me to make purchases, be giving, try a new recipe, craft, or have a more positive outlook.
But yesterday and today, I have had TWO experiences where my blog, and more importantly, my READERS, have been an “influencer.”
1) Yesterday I wrote about car seat safety – that is, keeping your infant/toddler rear-facing until at least 2 or until the seat’s height/weight limits. I was amazed at the response I got from readers. On a non-giveaway post I have already gotten FIFTEEN comments about this topic (that is huge for me!). Many of my readers already knew about the new AAP car seat recommendations and were appreciative I was writing to spread the word. Thank you, my readers, for being responsive and supportive!
2) Today I received a comment on my review of B. Toys. From the “Chief Toymaker” (don’t you love that title!). First, I am honored members of the company are reading what I write. But more importantly, a reader made a comment on my post suggesting a feature of one toy could be improved for safety reasons. As a result, the Chief Toymaker responded positively to the suggestion saying:
We strive every day to B. good to kids, their parents and our planet. We take a mom’s suggestion truly to heart because long before we are toy makers…..we are parents first!
All our toys pass or exceed all USA, Canadian, and even the more stringent European safety tests. Sugar Chute does too. Still, we will round the corners because it’s the right thing to do.
The change to rounded corners on the door won’t happen until Fall shipments of Sugar Chute. But when it does, you’ll know YOU affected a toy design. (emphasis mine)
Sometimes people might think product reviewing is all about bloggers getting “free stuff.” But, to me, it’s more about helping parents find the “right stuff,” becoming aware of health and safety products, and forming a community where my readers can pitch in with their knowledge and expertise via the comments, and help parents make good choices about products.
These two instances are just my own examples of the fact that, yes, blogs have influence. In a very positive way.
When have you been influenced (to make purchases, try new things, change your lifestyle, etc.) by a blog / my blog? If you blog, when have you experienced the ability to have a positive influence? I would love to hear about it!