Being a blogger is a wonderful thing. It is. But like any other group of people, it has it's cattiness. People take sides on issues, people bash others for the decisions they make, what they put on their blog, what they share/what not to share, whether they watermark their photos, whether they do sponsored posts, do reviews, etc, etc...the list goes on and on.
Jess touched upon the whole sponsored post thing today. It was really, really good. She had some amazing points and I felt myself being all cheerleader'ish from the sidelines reading. You see, like everything--it's about balance. If you want to write a sponsored post to make an extra $50-$75? Then good for you! I say, kudos, really.
Because, if you're like me--you really thought about it. You really, truly thought about what you'll put out on your blog. Your little personal space that you've grown to love, and that oozes 'you' in every sense of the word. And if you're like me? You try not to compromise that. Or you think very carefully about the reviews you do, or the sponsored posts you choose--because there's an integrity to your blog you want to keep up that you've worked so hard to gain.
So with that said, I get it. I get how doing a sponsored post every now and again for that extra money is worth it. Is worth it to be able to buy your kid that pair of shoes they're dying for, or heck, even for groceries? Probably. And I'm not going to judge you for that.
I honestly think that the fact that companies are seeing the value in bloggers is something to be proud of, yo. BE PROUD. That is awesome. We have influence. Our opinion matters. We are a true, honest, real testament of a product, service, or whatever else. People believe us when we talk about something, because we're relatable and not some Joe Schmo on a TV commercial.
Around here, I choose not to do too many sponsored posts. A few here or there, sure. And I'm okay with that. A review for a dress I love, or thank-you cards for my girl's birthday party? Why not. Because those thank-you notes? Saved me money. Because that dress? Was pretty. Because that canvas on my wall? I'd have never spent the money on otherwise, because it's a luxury we just didn't need at the time. But for free? Sign me up.
I don't care to write about dog food, or a household cleaner (unless someone cleaning my house for free came with it), but I don't care if you do. Because we all have different situations, and like my friend Jess says--maybe that little bit of extra money is what you need to help your house run. Or buy your kids stuff. Or whatever.
Granted, full-out review/sponsored posts blogs aren't my cup-o-tea to read. But that's my choice as a blogger, too. I get to choose who and what I read.
Remember, it's all a choice. ;)
You have a choice, I have a choice, they have a choice. And that's a-okay.