Well today certainly has been an off day! I don’t know if its hormones or the weather or some crazy mix of factors but I felt AWFUL. Literally fighting back tears the whole day! And I have no idea why! That’s the most frustrating part! Still feeling a little off…but in an attempt to keep my mind off things I have interesting post for you all tonight!
Blogging is relaxing for me anyways, so I figured it would be a good idea to go ahead with what I had planned…
What are your thoughts on sponsored posts?
Lately I have been seeing them more and more throughout the blogworld. They’re pretty easy to spot. Either there are 15 bloggers at once with the same giveaway going on, a disclaimer in tiny print at the bottom of post making everyone aware that compensation was involved, or the entire post sounds like some sort of advertisement!
I don’t particularly like them (and even sometimes skip the posts if I am able to spot them right away)…but I understand the attractiveness of them for bloggers. I mean hey, who doesn’t like easy money?!
I loooove doing product reviews and that stuff is always free…so I can understand where people are coming from when they take advantage of sponsored post opportunities.
What I don’t like however, is when it is clear that the blogger put no thought into whether this product they are promoting relates to their readers and offers something pertinent to their blogs content.
An example…for someone who rarely drinks “diet beverages” to all of the sudden start touting praises about a juice alternative, its pretty clear they are just in it for the mullah. I mean seriously…it becomes pretty obvious.
I myself was recently contacted by a company to post about their products (I am not going to share the names of either to protect their privacy…I have nothing against the company or brand or products whatsoever!!) and after much consideration actually turned down the sponsored post opportunity.
Initially I was all gung-ho about the opportunity. But the more I thought about it…and especially after reading the content they wanted me to post…I decided it just wouldn’t be right to go through with it.
I feel I have a responsibility to you all. I basically would have been posting about something that I had never tried myself and would have had to recommend it to you all. And that’s just not right.
My blog is about honesty and integrity…and personally I want to be able to whole heartedly stand behind all my content!
That’s why I have no problem giving bad reviews of products, that’s why I make sure to try every product I receive before sharing it with you all…heck! that’s why I have a blog in the first place! To share MY thought and ideas…not to be a puppet to share some companies stuff!
Now don’t get me wrong…I do believe some bloggers out there do actually back some of the sponsored posts they share. (There are a TON of great companies out there that I wouldn’t hesitate to write about because I love and use their products so much!) But from what I’ve been seeing lately, a lot of the posts just seem…out of place. Like they don’t really fit with what the blog usually stands for. And that’s when I begin to question the blogger’s intentions.
I wanted to post about this not only to draw attention to the issue…but also to hold myself accountable. I’m sure I will get more offers in the future for sponsored posts, but I want to make sure I stick with my values as a blogger. I owe it to all of you! I mean, you come here everyday and actually care about what I have to say…that makes me feel amazing! And I appreciate it so much. So I would never want to jeopardize the connections I’ve made by putting out content that doesn’t truly come from me.
So what do you think?
Have you noticed a spike in sponsored posts recently around the blog world?
Do these posts make you view the blogger’s any differently?
Do you think blogger’s have a responsibility to their readers to only post about things they actually believe in?
I’d love to hear your insights on this!!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a yummy recipe! It’s carrot cake time up in here!!