Thursday, 20 April 2017
This is a subject that has been on my mind for a while, obviously this post will be read by bloggers, but for the majority of my readers you will have no clue what I am talking about, in 2015 when I first decided to start blogging, you all know the story, had a retail biz, got sick, closed biz, got bored, started blogging.
Naive was not the word, I was clueless, I had a Twitter account that had been dead for years, I had a blog that my daughter had set up for me for my shop, I used it I think 3 times in 3 years, so I picked it all up and started writing, thinking there must be women out there my age still interested in Beauty and Fashion, Duh of course there were, and they were already very successfully writing about it, so... little fish, big pond ! however I was happy to write about my own bits and bobs, and whenever I bought something new it was all very exciting as I wanted to share it with my at that time 2 readers 👭 I had no clue that people got sent things to write about, long story short I was lucky enough to be contacted over time by brands and PR agencies offering suitable things to try out, I was like a kid at Christmas and still a bit naive, so when I turned down things and got a horrible response it was a real shock, equally when I wrote to people to say sorry this product didn't work for me and I wont be writing about about, that too went down like a lead balloon.
Here's the thing, why would I spend my time ( approx 2 hours ) taking photo's and writing about something that was grim, you don't want to hear and it, and I will definitely not slate a company in public, ( I may tell you in private lol )
I am sure there will come a day when something will tip me over the edge and I will rip the backside out of something, but for now I will carry on in my own way.
Right, the point of this post is to talk about FREEBIES, firstly they are not FREE, it's business, it's WORK, it takes time and effort to produce a blog post, so if you are reading this thinking it's a way to learn how to get free stuff, I suggest you sling your hook, Some brands are just gorgeous and appreciate everything you do, I was going to name names but thought better of it as they will know who they are, some PR's are gorgeous and appreciate everything you do, SOME are not, now here's the thing that worries me for the younger girls, DO NOT allow yourself to be treated like rubbish for the sake of a lipstick, once you lose your pride you won't get it back.
I don't want this post to sound negative, BUT please be realistic, when someone sends you something they of course want something back, if they don't appreciate what you do, or make you feel not worthy in anyway you have the choice not to deal with them again, it isn't a one way street. Everyone blogs for different reasons, but whatever the reason as long as you are happy that's all that counts, it's not about who got what, and this blogger is treated better than you, only YOU determine how you are treated in life and the same goes with blogging.
I made a YouTube Video back in 2015 which I am wholly embarrassed about as again, naive me running my mouth, but one thing that I still stand by is that if someone sends you something, bloody well do your job and appreciate that there are people out there that think your blog is good enough to send products to and pay you for the job you do. Alongside the fact that it is work, there is also something rather nice about your work being acknowledged as being GOOD enough.
At the end of the day, remember nothing in life comes FREE, and do what works for you, it's your little space on the interwebby.
Good or bad experiences, let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear.
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