All our readers know that we started blogging when we were just preparing for our big day. It was just an online diary and we were surprised that there were a number of people who actually read and even responded to our posts. Some posts were created out of frustrations from suppliers and some were simply recommendations for suppliers that were extremely nice and exceeded our expectations.
We were just like typical millennials who browse the internet for product reviews and such but it’s really different if you are the one reviewing or sharing your thoughts for things that happened to you first hand. From there we learned that product or service reviews can actually have different impacts on readers – these can also define who you are as a person because it will show how you react in ugly situations.
Documenting our lives from our wedding preparations through parenthood has been exciting and fulfilling especially when we hear people say that they have learned something from us. Sometimes, it’s also a bit challenging because others think that we are sharing too much information about our family.
There were times when we wanted to stop sharing especially when we’re too busy with work and business or whenever we don’t feel creative. But we just keep on documenting and sharing our lives in order for life to not escape us. It also felt like we now have the responsibility to give our readers our insights on things so they can pick up a thing or two from our experience.
Blogging since 2012 not only opened doors for different opportunities but also lead us to meet beautiful people that have become our close friends and event clients. It has also helped us with how we communicate with different types of people. It gave us the opportunity to get an inside feel of how things are done in everything that we review or document, like restaurant operations, production, etc. More so, our blog had been one of our tools in keeping sound mental health.
We also remember documenting our first attempt to buy a property from a developer that turned out to be a fraud. We published the article last 2016 and until now, we are still receiving emails and direct messages thanking us for our blog because it saved them from losing money. Others, unfortunately, share the same sentiments with us. That experience taught us a lesson on how to make life-changing decisions. We learned to be very vigilant when it comes to big purchases. Research, research, research, and never rush whenever we are faced with this type of scenario. It also taught us how to be more responsible in giving reviews and expressing ourselves but still being honest.
Although writing PRs for commercial brands makes money, we stand by our principles and review the products or brands fairly and honestly. We always have to remind ourselves that we started this blog not to make money but to write fair and honest reviews. Our blog’s integrity is what we’re most proud of.