My name is Mrs. Woog and I am a sell out.

Recently, a lot of you (thank you kiss kiss) filled out a reader survey so I can get to know my readers a little more. I was starting to read some of the responses when the words appeared on my screen……

Heart stops. Panic attack knocks at the door. Questions ones every move…

Now lets turn to Wiki for some big words…

“Selling out” is a common idiomatic pejorative expression for the compromising of a person’s integrity, morality, authenticity, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money.[1] In terms of music or art, selling out is associated with attempts to tailor material to a mainstream or commercial audience; for example, a musician who alters his material to encompass a wider audience, and in turn generates greater revenue, may be labeled by fans who pre-date the change as a “sellout.”

My friends, I cannot find my morals. When last I lost them, turns out that they were on my head the whole time!

I have been officially a sell out for over five years now, when I decided I had to either “shit or get off the pot”, so to speak. Dare I dream it? Dare I even think that I could turn my passion into a… yep. Imma going to say it..a BUSINESS?

Silence falls over the room as a young baby cries. In the distance a dog is barking…

So I shat. (That is a euphemism people. Bowels are working just fine) And the thing that I have learnt over my selling out years is that some people do not like others to try new things. I have triumphed on certain projects, failed MISERABLY on a few but overall, I get great pleasure in collaborating with great minds and talent to bring you sponsored content as authentically as possible.

Shall I be shrilling to you the benefits of feeding your kids fruit loops? Fuck no, but if you do feed your kids fruit loops, well then that is your choice. I hate the word INFLUENCE. It implies that you need guidance in life’s decisions. I am going to assume you, yes you, sitting there reading this, are an intelligent being perfectly capable of using your own knowledge and noggin. In a social media world littered with beautiful imagery, pert buttocks in white bikinis and inspirational salads, it is hard to stand out in the crowd. On the surface, it may appear that I am gliding along like a swan, but the truth is that under the water, I am a thrashing hot mess.

Making money online is not easy. Sure, you can do an expensive course to learn to discover your “why” but really you are just lining the pockets of the online “entrepreneurs” who are everywhere. Generation Y I blame you and your clever, clever ways!

Social media is moving so quickly, and I am standing aside as the new generation of Mummy Blogger sweep by, with model looks and doing fantastic work raising awareness and charity work. You need to keep up with the pace. You need to keep relevant. Start doing bathroom selfies. Car selfies, Walking down the fucking street selfies. And lift selfies. All the while you are hustling. (Am I Roxy Jacenko?)

The only influence that I want to have over you is to give yourself permission to cut yourself some slack.  I took myself off for a long, hard, stern word this morning, that I am doing the best I can. It’s not perfect, but it is me. The best that I can.

And I know that you are doing the best that you can do. Just keep swimming xx

  • So, that person said you’d sold out because you were earning from what you do?? Jeez, Louise… Why the hell shouldn’t you?! If MY blog ever starts earning for me, I’ll be dancing in the streets, I promise you! Mrs Woog, I salute you for making this blog a success, I really do. I reckon it’s sour grapes on the part of anyone who feels otherwise, and they should just take themselves off… xx

  • Tracey

    I must say, I have never ever thought the words sell out of you Mrs Woog. I just can’t even with that sort of attitude. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  • lisa

    you know what I took from all of that? – you are looking smoking hot and I love the uberkate ring.. rock on Mrs Woog you gotta make a living and feed those growing kids……..

  • Heidi D

    why shouldn’t you earn something from your blog if you can ?!!? When you have had sponsored content as far as I can see you have always been very upfront about it & the blog posts are written in a way that says you tried whatever & this is how it worked for you/your family. I have always felt that your opinions are very much your own & there is no pressure to use/be a part of anything you mention. Yet again a case of someone with nothing better to do with their time than try & pull someone down that is having a go. Ignore people like that & just keep being you.

  • Aaagh yes of course that person thought you were a multi-millionaire sitting in Vaucluse with nothing better to do than write a blog for their entertainment. Talking about shit that attitude shits me, they probably don’t think twice about paying $15 for a glossy filled with advertising and sponsored content!

  • Sending lots of love Mrs Woog. So not selling out … I wish I could earn money from my writing keep doing what you do xoxo

  • Margie

    I adore your sell out blog. Good for you Mrs Woog.

  • Audrey Thomas

    Seriously … I am gobsmacked by the blinkeredness of some people! You are a professional blogger and writer so why wouldn’t you be paid for your work. Keep doing the great stuff you do, and let the small-minded peeps take a hike x

  • Emma

    If selling out means continuing to do podcasts (yet to be sponsored, mind you) with Berry, make delicious chicken soups with Steggles and Mrs. Goodman (I have purchased a nylon laundry bag for bones and the rest under your ‘influence’), and continue to try and gain money for charity (Loud Shirt Day surely gives you a cut?!) then SELL THE FUCK OUT.
    I like your style.
    Keep doing it.

    Haters gonna hate.
    PS I loved your book xx

    • They day we get a sponsor for the podcast, well the drinks are on me!

  • Samantha Herron MacNally

    Mrs Woog, It’s Mrs Mac here. YOU HAVE NOT SOLD OUT. So,,,,, you flog chicken sometimes – but heck, I go out and try the recipes you have and they are just as good as you say. And you flog some Uber Kate Jewellery. You are right ITS GORGEOUS. And if I had some spare $ after I pay the school fees – I would buy some too. I love the shoes you have flogged and BTW – where DID you get that Jacket you are posing in? You know, The one in the lift with the Uber Kate Super Uper emerald looking knuckle buster. At least I KNOW that you recommend stuff you have actually tried and liked. I am pretty sure you would let us know if you have put lipstick on a pig. Keep your side of the bargain up. Only endorse stuff you believe in – and if you do – then you have NOT SOLD OUT. xxx Keep up the good blog. xx

    • Janice

      Well said…agree, agree, agree!!

  • I am so sorry that “someone” did that to you… come here.. (((((((big hug)))))). What a nasty comment. I put that in the category “why bother” along with its companion “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything”
    Your blog.. YOUR blog is the first one I found back when I began reading blogs & remains #1.
    Always.
    A more caring, sharing & community-minded person I cannot find on this funny place we call the Internet.
    I am so pleased that people pay you for your words because I trust your integrity and ethics so much I know “you don’t do anything you don’t believe in”
    That said.. please keep on keeping on.
    You are the BEST
    Denyse xxx

  • Jenni from Styling Curvy

    I hate the words ‘influence and influencer’ too. If people don’t get what I (you) do then educate yourself before judging. In fact, fuck directly off and don’t judge. Since when did it become ok to judge how someone earns money to pay their bills…or to ask how much someone earns. As a blogger I’m asked almost daily how much I make, how do I make money and if I really make money doing what I’m doing? Keep doing what you do Kayte, you do it well.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Keep on how you are Mrs Woog Xx

  • The best way to give these fuckers the big finger is to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, in exactly the same way and if they don’t like it then maybe they will just fuck off.

  • Jackie

    you are as much of a sell out as my local Uber driver, got to make a living!

  • Shelley

    I love your blog, it’s a daily highlight and enjoy a ( virtual) laugh and a glass of wine at the end of the day. Don’t let them get you down, rise above it and write on!

  • Donna

    Mrs Woog. As a long time reader I forbid you to spend one more moment of second thought on those words. Just stop thinking about it. Stop It. Now! There are some lovely comments on here. Ruminate on those instead but I bet you won’t. Why do we do that to our anxious selves??? Xx Donna

  • deb xo

    I am so over people calling people like you a sell out, seriously do they think you have time to sit around all day tapping on your computer and keep us up to date without an income. Jesus, if being grateful had monetary value, then yourself, babymac, styling you and many others should be rolling in it. I’m forever grateful for many things. I can trust you guys, whenever you promote something, if it’s something I’m interested in I’ll give it a go because even though you may be getting paid – I trust that you would only do it if you liked it yourself. I don’t even buy magazines anymore. Thank god there are bloggers like yourself.

  • I’m with you. I hate the word influence as well, some PR firms actually refer to those types as social media sluts. I hate that this is how things work online. I hate that each and every sponsored post I do, I’m relentlessly trolled (by other bloggers I suspect). I hate that after all these years blogging is still seen as a free service by the majority and you are selling out if you treat it like a business.

    I’ve been licking my online wounds a lot lately. Questioning the way forward. For the time being I say keep on keeping on, the world will eventually catch up or move on. 🙂

  • KookyChic

    Oh Lovely, your fabulous, do what you have to do and for Gods sake ignore what anyone else has to say.

  • Michelle

    Wow. Some people are dicks. Maybe they expect you to live on air. You write, we read and are entertained. You’re presumably not writing for your health alone. Sponsorship is a reality. Or locking posts behind paywalls, and we know how that doesn’t work! Do what you have to do, be open about it, and don’t give those haters air. I love reading your blog, and a wide variety of other writers’ offerings to the world. When available, I contribute via means such as Patreon to particular writers. Other people get paid for what they do, so should you. Chin up. You’re better than those haters.

  • Perfectly said Mrs Woogs! Keep on shitting. I’ll be there beside you like a good ole Chinese toilet block!

  • Vicki m

    Love your blog, so glad I found it from The Hoopla years ago. Read it most days and get a damn good life reality check and a laugh. Your openness and honesty is uniquely you, and you’re very clear when you are providing sponsored posts. What, are you meant to write for free for our viewing pleasure and live on air and water? Some people are ridiculous, it’s not like you’re the abc and get govt funding to entertain us! Keep up the wonderfulness, Mrs Woog.

  • Very well said. I friggin love you and I’m honoured to be shitting in the same vacinity as your fine ass. <3

  • Wow. I’ve also been a loyal reader since you started and I’ve been lucky enough to meet you in real life. Anyone who knows you or reads you knows you speak the truth. You’re not going to recommend something to us that is crap, and when you do think something is okay, you share it. Sometimes you get paid for that, but you make that clear. Why shouldn’t blogging and social media be a career? I’ve blogged less and less because I need the time to make an income, and I’ve often considered turning the blog into a business, or at least a sideline, instead. For people like you who can make it work, that is awesome. It doesn’t make you a sell-out at all, it makes you bloody clever. Keep up the good work. x

  • Pffft. Can’t please ’em all. And frankly, why would you bother trying? You’ve only ever been you, and those people who like to read your words for free, day in, day out, but object to you enjoying a payday for all that work, well, they’re douche canoes of the highest order. xx

  • Wendy

    So not a sell out!! We know very clearly if you are doing a sponsored post so the naysayers can all go #buggeroff!