Just lately, I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons by reading more blogs. I’ve actually started using Bloglovin for the first time since I set it up months ago, and actually reading all the blogs whose Bloglovin buttons I’ve clicked on.
One thing I was struck by is how many reviews and sponsored posts there are. I mean, there are a lot.
|I get enough of this crap through my door; I don’t want it on my screen!|
That’s a good thing, in that I’m more likely to buy a product if a blogger whose opinion I trust has said it’s good.
And it’s nice to see fellow bloggers doing well and getting to try out nice stuff.
But there is a danger that your blog, which presumably was originally made popular by your words, your posts about your family, your life… is now basically a review site with the odd sponsored post or photo of your child.
Just lately, this blog has been doing pretty well. I’ve been lucky enough to be approached to review a few products. I decided that, in order to maintain my “credibility” (lawks, what a pretentious word), I would not post more than one review a week; people would just have to wait to hear what I thought of this particular thing. I didn’t want to bore people with review posts, because I worried that the readership I’d worked so hard to build up might walk away if all they saw was product placement.
I was surprised then, to find that a lot of other blogs seem to have become very popular – presumably by posting original content – and have now become just a place to review the latest thing the blogger has been sent.
Of course, there’s no problem with that – by all means, get given free stuff and review it. But change the description at the top of your blog to reflect that. I don’t want to subscribe to read a blog about you and your quirky family and all the fun you have… and then find my feed full of posts about this website or that baby potty.
Am I missing something here? Is this just how things work? Am I being too much of an idealist?
Seriously, if I’m speaking out of turn here then please someone tell me to shut up.
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