Hey everyone! I am on my way down to North Carolina to see my eldest daughter and husband as you read this! I’m going to be closing on my new house (!), visiting Asheville and hauling a big horse back up to Michigan between now and Tuesday! Whew! You can follow me on Instagram to see all of this.
Anyway, I wanted to write about some ethical issues that I have noticed while blogging. I’ve been thinking about this for a while but since I was invited, free of charge, to see/review the movie Lady Bird on Monday, it got me thinking and I wanted to explain my position.
As my blog readership has grown, I’ve started to be approached by companies who want me to recommend their products and write about them here. Two companies have offered to pay me for a sponsored post. I responded that I needed to see their product first and go through their ordering process before I recommend it. One told me they “can’t” send me a complimentary item but couldn’t I just still write about them? No. The second company told me they will either send me a free item or pay for the sponsored post, but not both. I said no thanks. I don’t work for clothes. As you can imagine, being a fashion blogger, I have more than enough clothes. I’m also not going to recommend something that I’ve never seen.
I’ve also been approached by several companies who want to do some sort of collaboration and I’ve looked at their items and thought they looked cheap or unflattering for our shape or the company looked sketchy. I have turned them all down.
And as you can see, I don’t allow advertising on my site. I get approached often and I hear it is a good way to make money but I am not willing to sell my website real estate or my reader’s eyes. I don’t like it when I go to a website and have to wade through pop-up ads and blinking side bars to read an article so I don’t want my readers to have to do that either. I like the simple, peaceful feel of my site. Now, I don’t begrudge any other blogger who does any of that. It’s a free country and everyone has their own priorities. I just know what I want on my blog.
So, my pledge to you:
Every blog post is 100% written by me and is my honest opinion.
If I don’t like something, it won’t be on this blog, or if it is, it’s because we’re discussing why I don’t like it.
If, in the future, I do have advertising or collaborations, it will be because I think it is a good item for my readers and I have personally seen it and would buy it myself.
I don’t sell my readers or my integrity.
So, that’s it. My integrity is non-negotiable and my opinion is my own and you can continue to expect that.
And may I say, I 100% recommend watching Outlander for the perfect mix of adventure, history and romance! Ha!
I’m not sure if I’ll have time to write a post between now and Thanksgiving so if you don’t hear from me, I wish you all a love and joy-filled holiday!