A couple of weeks ago I got an email from someone who offered to send me a free sample of her product so that I could blog about it. I was flattered. It was my first email of this nature. I thought it was pretty exciting actually! It’s even a product that I would normally buy, so I figured…why not?
Well the truth is, I really agonized about whether or not to accept the offer. After giving it quite a bit of thought I respectfully declined.
I’ve been blogging for a little over 5 months now and I’ve been debating about this kind of thing since the beginning. First I was debating (and still am) about advertising. So many people who read my blog have told me that I should have ads on my blog. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, is it really that big a deal? What is the harm in having a couple of ads? Why not make a little extra money if I can? Lord knows we could use it.
(As a side note, if I want to have ads then I need to switch to wordpress.org. That presents an even bigger challenge because I don’t know if I am able to set up and maintain a wordpress.org blog without help, and I don’t have the extra money to pay someone to do it. This has been the real thing preventing me from switching to .org – which I’d really like to do regardless of whether or not I decide to have ads on my blog – so really the question of ads is a bit moot until I sort out if I can actually pull it off myself. Which I don’t think I can right now. *sigh*)
I kind of feel the same way about free stuff. None of the books or products I’ve ever mentioned here have been given to me for free; and I have never written about a product or book because someone asked me to do it. But really, would it be that big of a deal? Will people think less of me and my blog if I accept free stuff then blog about it?
I’ve been asking myself this: when I think about the blogs that I love to read, and the bloggers that I really respect, what do they do? Can I even remember off the top of my head if they advertise? Actually, no, for the most part I can’t. Do ads bother me? No, not unless a blog is so littered with ads that it is distracting – which I think is cheesy.
Can I remember off the top of my head which blogs do product reviews? Yes I can. What do I think about it? I don’t know.
I’m not sure why; I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just don’t feel right about reviewing products when I get something in exchange. I don’t necessarily think it’s wrong and I think it’s fine for other people to do it; it’s just not right for me right now.
As for ads, I don’t really have strong feelings either way so maybe one day they’ll make their way on to Family Nature, but not anytime soon.
Right now I’m working on a new logo for Family Nature – well, not me personally because I don’t have the skills or the program to create such a thing – but I’m in touch with someone who does. I’m actually really excited about the idea of a new logo and the fact that it will be done via a barter/trade arrangement with another mum! I’ll share more when the details have been sorted…keep an eye out for it!