Tickets to shows don’t pay my bills.
To those who follow Meetoo I would like to clear up a few myths.
One of the most common comments I get when I bump into an acquaintance who follows Meetoo is “omg you guys are always going somewhere amazing” followed by “I feel like such a bad parent”. I want to take a moment to respond to those two things and share something else with you.
It’s true we do do quite a few things – but for the record, it’s part of my “Meetoo job” to share all the things – which I feel perpetuates a kind of myth that we are always doing fun stuff…. Please, everyone is always doing stuff… 95% of it is probably the same boring stuff as me; like emptying the dishwasher and remembering to put petrol in the car kind of stuff… stuff you would never think to share on Instagram because, mundane.
Then there is the second comment – which to me is mildly offensive. I don’t pretend to be any kind of parent on social media – well I don’t mean to… I try my hardest to ensure my kids are growing up to be decent humans who have empathy and kindness (but it’s not really something I think I overtly mention).
I am a little horrified that by me sharing “what’s on” around town and saying yes to some invitations this somehow makes me a better parent than someone else… my intention has never been to make anyone feel I am any better than anyone else – because I am totally not! As I sit here there are piles of unwashed laundry from our ski trip – I hurt my back and I am trying to avoid lifting anything for a few days (I would ask the kids to help but they are with their dad)… most weeks there is a day where I am short on milk or bread as I forgot to pick it up at the shop… there are forms for things at school that go unsigned and all sorts of stuff… oh and I am a single mum so I feel all sorts of guilt about how that might affect the kids long-term… short story is, we (you and me) are all doing our best and I am no yardstick for good or bad parenting!
The other myth people have is that Meetoo is a successful* business.
*Using the measure of success in business as being “income generating”. (Because I otherwise believe it’s pretty successful.)
Truth is that I started Meetoo as a hobby – as an opportunity to stay connected with the world when my kids were little – an opportunity to learn new skills while I was a stay at home mum and finally… my secret hope was that I might get invited to a few things. Pre-kids I worked in design and PR and I loved going to art and design openings – there were interesting people in the room and free champagne. I would take a friend along and it would kick start our evening on the town. When I became a mum I had to let go of that part of my life, and I missed it… sort of.
I began Meetoo in 2011… yup that’s forever in blog years. Some people think it’s my full-time job – for the record, it’s still a hobby (I do occasional sponsored posts, but most of my perks are in-kind). The truth is I get a buzz out of having access to things I wouldn’t otherwise, and I get a buzz out of helping people by sharing interesting things. Sometimes I wonder what I am doing (especially at 1am on mornings I am trying to finish the damn school holiday what’s on list!). But I don’t know how to stop – and I have a sense of responsibility to my readers.
So how do I pay my bills and put food on the table?
I do a bunch of things. I am a consultant for businesses who need help with social marketing and blogger outreach (I can feel your eyes glazing over) and I am about to begin my own small business online with some friends – if you’re interested I’d like to invite you to join me as it’s a word of mouth business launching a new skincare range in Australia. And maybe you’re not interested but you might know someone who is – feel free to share this!
It’s kind of exciting as this brand has gone nuts in America and should be well-received in Australia. I am just not allowed to mention the name on my blog before the product launches (since writing this post the brand has launched, it’s called Rodan + Fields and you can visit my web page here, nelsonkate.myrandf.com/au)
So just quickly (if you’re still here) a couple of interesting facts about Rodan + Fields…
- they offer a 60-day full money back refund if you don’t like it (you don’t need to say why you don’t like it either and it can even be used/empty)
- the range covers sensitive skin, sun damaged skin and aging skin – there is an acne range, but it’s still being reformulated for the Australian market
Got a question? Don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to get on the list to hear about the product first when it launches in Oz? Join my mailing list by clicking here.