I am a Blogger Not a Blagger
I don’t go around with my eyes closed, I’ve noticed quite a few times that some businesses think that bloggers spend all their time ‘blagging’ for products – as if all we’re interested in is free stuff. Can I just state once and for all that this annoys me beyond belief. I know many other bloggers, including myself, who care passionately about the things they write about and review. It’s not all about selling our souls for a complimentary pack of wet wipes and a free meal.
Some bloggers (myself included) approach businesses that we see online that are promoting what seem to be fabulous products. Or they approach us, it works both ways. If they are interested in the publicity, we provide detailed reviews of that product with quality photographs, informative and intelligent text, links and we splash their details all over our social networks too. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so my review blogs take approximately two hours to write, that doesn’t include the time it takes me to set up and take decent photographs. That’s the minimum time, then there’s the extra time it takes to actually test out the product and promote it online.
I offer quality advertising, an honest opinion that I hope my readers appreciate and I care about what I do and what I write about. I genuinely do think that if you have a great product I can help people find out about you. In fact I’m more than happy to do so if it’s a product that I think will enrich people’s lives, including my own. So if you say you’re happy for me to write a blog for you, don’t you dare get all sniffy on me when I ask for a free sample. The least you can do is say no thank you, rather than just ignoring me. One free sample is equivalent payment for my time, my effort and my skills. If you even sell one of your products on the back of my review, you’ve made your money back immediately. I’m not being unreasonable and I’m not blagging!
We’re not a rich family, we struggle the same as everyone else, there are hardly any jobs in this area and the few that are available don’t fit around looking after two small children. I use the skills I have to help make ends meet, and this includes blogging and reviewing. When I contact people and say I’m available for work, I’m not standing there with my hand out begging, I’m offering you an opportunity. If you’re not interested, fair enough. Just don’t treat me like I’m a scrounger.
Cage = Rattled.