Good afternoon everyone! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Thursday so far. For those of you living in the US, today is Thanksgiving! I cannot express how jealous I am that, at this very moment, you are probably enjoying a beautiful Thanksgiving meal!
I hope everyone has a lot to be thankful for, I know I do!
I have been kind of slacking when it comes to blog posts this week but I promise I am getting some good recipes put together to share next week! However, for this week I wanted to share something that I have recently run into and by talking about this, I hope to fill my readers in on a few of my “Blogging Morals” and maybe even help some other fellow bloggers out with some helpful tips!
PS. I am lol’ing at my title. Is it just me or am I beginning to sound like one of those free classes you can take at the rec center?
What I want to talk about today is the whole ‘sharing’ thing. What I mean by ‘sharing’ is when a blogger features a product or service on their site. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made when one begins a blog, one of those decisions that they have to make when they start blogging is:
“What will I talk about and how will I keep my blogs content true to myself?”
Sometimes the question is a tough one to answer. Then once you do come up with an answer, sticking to it is an even harder task. There are always going to be companies that will be willing to send you free product if you talk about them on your blog. In all honesty, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that as long as it is something that you truly love and want to share with your readers. However, where things go downhill is when you start pimping products that you don’t care about or just because the company is expecting you to do so.
One of the things I learned after my Recipe to Riches episode aired, is that it is totally okay to just say “No, thanks.”
It is really easy to start feeling guilty if a company has sent you free product and you feel like you HAVE TO write about it. I have been there. The one thing you have to remember is that this is YOUR blog! The best thing about the whole thing is that there is nothing you HAVE to write about (unless you are actually contractually obliged, haha!) You’re the one calling the shots and you get to make the final decision.
When a company contacts you to offer you product or otherwise, the fact that they are hoping that you will feature it on your blog is a given, they really shouldn’t have to say it. If they do come right out and say it or try to provide you with with a blurb that they would like you to copy and paste into your blog, that is when thinks start getting slippery. If you do feel pressured by a company or you are feeling uncomfortable with what they are asking you to do, then that is probably not a company you will want to work with.
When I am considering to feature a product or company on my blog, there are a few questions that I ask myself:
1. Do I like the product?
2. Do I think my readers would also like the product?
3. Does it fit in with my blogs content/voice?
If any of those are a no, I will give the company a polite “no, thank you.”
I just don’t see the point in featuring something that I don’t love, and I don’t think you guys will love!
I am not a expert by any means. This has just been my experience over the past couple of years that I have been blogging. I also want to point out that in no way am I putting down bloggers that do feature lots of different products. To each their own!
Please don’t send me hate mail. Hah.
Anyways, I am off to work on some other posts for next week but I will leave you with a couple questions and pretty please will you answer them? ‘My Miss Delish asks’ questions are not rhetorical, I really do want to hear what you have to say!!
Miss Delish asks:
What do you think when someone features a product on their site?
Have you ever purchased something you saw featured on a blog?
What are you making for dinner? I’m hungry!
Do you do featured products on your site?
What is your criteria for choosing a product?
Have you ever felt pressured by a company to feature their product?