When a blogger posts a review nine out of ten times I skim the post. Unless there is a giveaway…then I’ll probably enter. Unless I know I’ll never use it…then I won’t enter.
One thing that has always interested me is the development of sponsored content by bloggers. Some times I’m jealous that it seems like they get items every day…other times I’m not jealous because I would never use these items. It does make me wonder though am I blogging wrong? Can you blog wrong?
When I first started blogging it wasn’t as commericalized. Sure some people would have giveaways and it would be awesome…but it wasn’t a review+giveaway every other post.
The “Blogger side”: I get that the endless supply of cool new things is awesome. Right now it seems like the hot new item on the market is the Vitamix. Everyone and their mother has their hands on one…why can’t I get my hands on one?
Getting free stuff is awesome. Getting paid to review stuff is awesome. Doing something you love and getting paid for it is awesome…whether it’s blogging, being a doctor or whatever it is.
Does getting paid to review an item make it a fair review? No it doesn’t. Even if you state that you were compensated it’s not unbiased.
If you are getting paid to review something your opinion of it already starts off liking the item. If someone paid me 100 dollars to review their whipped cream and coffee…and gave me a free portion of it…I would already like it more. (Sadly no one has paid me anything to review their items).
As bloggers it’s hard to turn down a lot of items. You don’t want to say no…because it’s free. As they say on Extreme Cheapskates “If it’s free, it’s for me”. If you review products fit your blog and personality so be it…but don’t pretend to do things you don’t.
When I see a blogger doing a review I think to myself all of the following:
…how many reviews do they tend to do, is it sponsored, is it honest, are they an ambassador of said product? If it’s a product I have no inerest in, I don’t open the post. I don’t feel pressure to comment on posts that I would just BSing my interest in. If it’s a product I have seen online that I’m interested in then I’ll open and read it.
Seeing a blogger review product after product that they have gotten for free is grounds (for my personal blog reader) to be removed. I read blogs for content, not how much free stuff they can tell me is awesome.
I think it’s really cool to get free things and I think everyone does. Seriously thoughif you plan to review a product at least make sure you have actually tried the product and at least somewhat interested in it. I really don’t think a razer, vacum or new pen is life changing. What do I know though I’m cleraly blogging wrong.
Sponsored content doesn’t bother me unless it’s every post. In that case I just stop reading the blog.
Question for you: Sponsored content, hate it or love it?