It’s not that often that I feel I need to react to a post which I read on one of the feeds, and even more rare that I feel so strongly about doing so.
Yesterday I read a post from a newish to me blogger who stated that “we bloggers rarerly blog things we have to pay for” and it annoyed the crap out of me for a various number of reasons.
First and foremost there is the blatant majestic plural, by which she assumes to speak for all bloggers. It sounds so arrogant that I want to break things, and I can but say… speak for yourself, because many reputable bloggers will not recognise themselves in what this blogger claims.
Secondly, what she claims is just not true. A “serious” SL fashion blogger, whether it is a style or a review blogger, does so for the love of pixel fashion and invests not only time, but also a lot of money in making their blog as attractive as possible. They invest in skins, hair, clothes and other avatar apparel and many do the same with props to dress a set. While I am lucky to have many generous creator friends who share their items with me, my blog would be pretty boring if I only showed their items. When I look back to the posts on my blog for the past year, I think about 10- 20 % of what I have used for the various entries have been gifts from friends, or, if you will, have been sent to me because I have invested time in helping them test their products when still in beta. And of course, I am more than happy to use these items when I feel like it!
I love it when my friends share their new stuff with me, but review/promotional copies make me feel uncomfortable and they take the fun out of blogging for me. That’s why I usually put in my profile that it’s better not to send me items with the purpose of having them blogged. I suppose it’s the opposite and yet the very same of what many creators have in their profiles these days and what above mentioned blogger is also referring to in her post: they state that they are not sending out review copies, or have their list of selected bloggers and are not considering adding people at this time.
Guess why? Because they are probably sick and tired as well of all kinds of bloggers sending IMs or notecards asking them for stuff, like I got crazy at some point of creators I had never even heard of dropping their entire shops on me and asking me 2 days later why on earth I hadn’t blogged their stuff. I kid you not.
And while the aforementioned blogger states that it doesn’t cost a content creator a thing to send out a review copy (which strictly taken is true) one can also ask oneself how smart it is to give your work for free to everyone and their mom who claims they are a blogger. After all, people who really like your stuff, will buy it too and will contribute to your new computer, or next month of rent, or whatever.
Oh well… I’m rambling and ranting and being totally incoherent, but I happen to be that way when something pushes my buttons. My mind goes in overdrive, but outputwise I get blurry
Pro – tip for everyone who considers to start a blog in 2011. Being modest and a hard worker with a consistent style on your weblog will take you further than bragging how good you are for their marketing and pretty much breathing entitlement to stuff from hard working creatives. Content creators are always willing to share their items with blogs they think are good showcases for their brand, just like I am always willing to do my best to show the items of creators I like and admire. But face it… we’re all only human, and sometimes… we’re just not that into you….