Occasionally, like many bloggers, I’m contacted by copywriters and ‘content generation companies’ keen to provide me with free content for my blog.
I usually hit delete. The majority are also asking for a follow link to their company website and the proposed content is often unsuitable. Posts about healthcare in America or essay writing companies simply aren’t a great fit for my site as they claim. I also prefer to write my own content. This is a personal blog after all.
But when I was contacted once again last week, I found myself sending a reply. Why? Because I was outraged at the title of the post they felt would fit well on my blog: The effects of single parenting on children.
Oh really? What effects would they be? And how is this suitable for my blog? Is it going to a positive piece celebrating the work of single parents, how one functional, attentive parent can be better than two dysfunctional parents, or how it’s possible for a single parent to raise a healthy happy child while holding down a job?
No, I don’t think it was going to be any of those things. It was going to detail, I strongly suspect, the perceived negative effects of single parenting, with single parents like me being the cause of all the apparent suffering we are inflicting on our offspring.
So, interested to know the effects I’m having on my daughter as a single parent, I replied and asked for a brief overview of the key points they would cover in their piece.
The company never replied. Perhaps they thought better of it. Or more likely they picked up on the abruptness of my reply. Or perhaps they took some time to glance over my about page.
I’m not sure how anyone can write a piece detailing the effects of single patenting on children. It assumes that all single parents are of similar ages and backgrounds and parent in the same way, which is utter nonsense. It also assumes that married parents affect their children in only positive ways, which we also know to be untrue.
It’s probably just as well they didn’t reply. They would not have appreciated my response. If I want to write about single parenting then I will, and with far more passion and experience than any company and its team of writers.
I’ve been parenting alone for the whole of my daughter’s life. I’m absolutely fine thank you, and so is she.