My only competition is myself.
Haiti is full of extremely talented, genius and damn hard-working people. They are working day and night to show a different side of Haiti. I thank them for that. And then there is us...people who live in the US who want to expose their information they've gathered so that Haiti can stop being misrepresented.
Sharing is caring
Social media is designed to share. As someone told me recently, everyone wins when content is shared. Your fans are exposed to another resource, you just made your fans smarter and now the shared page gets new fans. Everyone wins.
I've had several people try to rip off my photos from Haiti, and even as far as my logo. I am honored that they like my work so much that they feel the need to repurpose it. In these cases, I message the owner who posted it and it's resolved professionally. 99% of the time, the person who ripped off the piece apologizes, removes it and then shares it. We all become friends and move on. Sharing is caring.
Yes, the goal is to expose Haiti, but there are so many people working their tails off to produce content about Haiti. We all deserve credit. We all have different experiences, different points of view, different eyes and different ways of expressing our info passed along to our readers. Instead of fighting to be #1, why not encourage each other and show the variety of talents we have in this group?!
It's all about me
No, it's not. It's all about Haiti here. When I started this blog, it was difficult to tout my own horn. I had to learn that promoting Haiti/my brand will involve me being exposed in the public. My brand, The Real Haiti, is me and my husband. We talk about what we see and experience. This does not mean that I seek attention or that I am selfish. If you think so, then you are insecure.
The Real Haiti is completely funded by myself and my husband. We both have careers and 40+ hour jobs that we go to in addition to this labor of love. We do it because we see Haiti differently and feel it's important to tell people. Those who care will listen and those who don't care will hear it and move on...that is completely ok and just life.
Starving artists (bloggers fit in)
According to a recent article in MarketingProfs, there was a chart of average activity fee ranges for bloggers posting content. It's based off your unique visitors and type of posts. Based on this chart and the types of posts that I do, I should be charging brands/businesses $250-$500 per post (reviews/brand posts). I charge nothing to write extensive reviews, post pictures, videos and promote places of businesses. I do it because I imagined a platform where potential tourists could go and read about a place from a human perspective. I do it because it's my passion and I enjoy it.
At the end of the day, the goal here is to keep my readers engaged and have them learn at least one thing after leaving my site. This blog is the 'meat and potatoes' of The Real Haiti. Facebook and Twitter are awesome, but it's not a popularity contest for me or about numbers. It is just an extension of this site in spreading info about Haiti. Welcome to my new readers and to the regulars, I'm glad you stopped by.