1. Don’t offer sponsorships. I truly believe that at our core, all bloggers share the same desire: to be heard. So why not support the ladies (and minority of gents) who have the same aspirations as you. Instead, we charge them. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve paid some dough in my day to get the my face out there in the Blogosphere, but I quickly learned that sponsorship was not for me. I wanted to promote fellow bloggers because I believed in them. Plain and simple. Also, I can’t tweet and shout out a blog that I’ve never even heard of before, nor have any interest in reading. I just can’t. I admire the ladies that accept sponsorships and follow up on their promises of promotion. But it’s just not for me.
2. Don’t do product reviews. How many times have you read through a product review and been excited about a new product only to read that tiny, italicized line at the bottom that reads: “I received compensation, etc. for this post?” I’m not saying bloggers who do reviews are full of it, but I think we can all admit that seeing said line does detract from the authenticity of a blogger’s opinion. And while I’m on the topic of reviews, there’s something to be said for exercising some discretion in accepting product review requests. That’s great that you’re super passionate about that specific brand of tampons…but I mean, are you really?! I was once asked to review a $150+ hair dryer. $150- are you nuts?! I would use that amount of money to buy a $30 hair dryer at Target and put the rest in my gas tank! I mean, seriously?! I have done one sponsored product review during my time as a blogger and it was for a product that genuinely intrigued me and I thought might similarly intrigue other readers. I’m not trying to get up on my high horse here, but I find it very difficult to take seriously the woman who compromises the dignity of her writing by receiving compensation for a sex toy review. Count me out!
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3. Write when you’re inspired. If you’ve stuck with me for any amount of time, God bless you. Seriously. There is no consistency in my posting whatsoever. I’ve tried to plan ahead and I love the feeling of accomplishment associated with scheduling a post in advance, but I can’t fake it. If I’m not inspired to write, I’m not inspired to write. And I feel obnoxious wasting your time on something that is completely shallow and uninteresting just for the sake of posting regular content.
I really don’t want to come across as sounding holier-than-thou. Writing is something that has always been a part of me. It’s my catharsis. It’s my soundboard. So I guess I take it personally when people much like myself don’t take it as seriously as I do. I love this community and I love this opportunity to write. So if you have no interest in making money and just plain love what you do, follow my lead. I’ve got it all figured out ;)
Happy Friday, friends!