Bloggers – Too Big for their Boots?

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OK, this is probably a controversial topic to write about, but I am bored of seeing bloggers thinking they’re entitled to EVERYTHING because they’ve created a blogger/wordpress account with a Twitter to support it. Yes, I am a blogger and have a Twitter account for my beauty/fashion related rambles, but I don’t expect anything from anybody.

#BLOGGERMAIL

I am sick to death of seeing people using their blog as an excuse to bag themselves some freebies. If you are approached by a brand/pr company then brilliant, review it. Do not take to every channel of Social Media, post a photograph of all your freebies laid out, with a terrible cheesy caption, including #bloggermail. I’m not interested that you’ve bagged yourself some freebies and you feel you now have bragging rights. Please stay off Twitter if you are going to tweet things like ‘Wow, so much #bloggermail today!’ it is so annoying. No, I’m not jealous of you, I’ve been sent things too. But even if I hadn’t, NOBODY LIKES A BRAGGER.

#PRREQUEST

If you have a blog and are begging for things to be sent to you via this hashtag, remove yourself from the internet. OK, you need things for content? Use your bloody brain, be creative and come up with things to write about. You need products? Go out and buy them, if you can’t afford to blog about certain things, don’t blog about them. It’s simple, yet there are so many bloggers out there who think brands should be falling over themselves to get their products featured on their blog. Do not create a blog if you can’t run it on your own. If I’m stuck on what to write about, I use my brain and come up with ideas. Even look through your make-up stash and review something you haven’t pervious. JUST KEEP AWAY FROM THIS DAMN HASH TAG.

SLAGGING OFF BRANDS ON TWITTER

This is either because A) you want people to know that a brand or pr agency have contacted you, or B) you have got every other bloggers back and don’t want them have to deal with them too. Oh of course… You aren’t the Queen, brands may offer something you aren’t happy with, stop acting as if you are entitled to half of their products when they want you to sample 2. Taking to Twitter to vent your ‘totally justified’ anger is a lovely way to get yourself some attention in the blogging world. You look unprofessional, brands will run a mile, as will a lot of fellow bloggers. The blogging world has enough drama and you having a cry because a brand won’t tweet you IS NOT NEEDED.

‘I wouldn’t get out of bed for that’

You have 2,000 followers, you get a little too big for your boots and think your blog is the most desirable thing on the planet. You put a lot of work in, so it’s fine that you kindly decline to write a post about a brand for £5. Everyone is different and whilst some bloggers would write the post for £5, another wouldn’t get out of bed for at least £100. Of course, this all depends on how much you feel your blog and time is worth. If you have 500 followers, you’ll probably accept less than someone with 1,000, that is fine. BUT I am sick of seeing people who feel insulted when PR agencies offer them something they disagree with, then of course tell everyone on twitter. Just say no and get on with your life. So you have 2,000 followers and believe you should be paid top dollar, NO, WAKE UP. Just because your bloglovin says you have 2,000 followers, doesn’t mean brands are going to all race to work with you. If you are lucky, 10% of those ‘followers’ are going to actually read your post – so why would a brand want to pay for £100’s to write something nice on your blog about them.

If you blog full time you’ll have a set price for posts, won’t beg for free stuff and probably won’t make yourself look like an idiot on Twitter. But it seems a lot of bloggers think they’re entitled to everything and that people should pay top dollar for the privilege to work with them.

What happened to bloggers being excited to work with brands? What happened to ‘I blog because I love it.’ I blog because I’m interested in fashion and like writing, if a brand wants to feature on my blog, then that is a bonus. Don’t expect to be sent things or for brands to want to work with you, be humble. Write because you WANT to, not because you want to bag yourself as much free stuff as you can. Oh, and don’t brag, loads of people will unfollow you.

BETHXFOOTER

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98 comments

  1. I really like this post 🙂 I haven’t even got a twitter account for my blog but enjoying blogging for sharing my daily thoughts/beauty hauls etc just to look back on. Also sick of people asking to write back a comment on a post, if I like the post I will please don’t force me too haha 🙂

    Kathryns Cupcakes

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  2. Totally agreed, the majority of bloggers I know or follow aren’t like this at all and that’s probably a factor why I like them so much. People who do it for freebies and to get paid I think you can tell when you read their posts! Great piece Beth ❤️ xxxxxx

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  3. Thank you, Beth! I wrote a post a few weeks back about the fun being sucked out of blogging (here’s the link, if you fancy a read http://caramelcats.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/who-sucked-fun-out-of-blogging.html) and some of your points really resonated with me. It’s not a right as a blogger, to receive samples, it’s a perk that the majority of us actually work for! Beggy tweets irk me so much – prs will find YOU if they want to. Being a beggy mess is just cringey! Great post xx

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  4. Brilliant post Beth. I set up my blog to share my knowledge of hair and beauty (after a friend said she thought I should do it). I try really hard to make sure that my blog is mainly about beauty advice, but also product reviews that are not sponsored. So Sponsored posts are far less than unsponsored. Otherwise I feel like I’m not gaining the trust of my readers, which to me is the most important thing. Obviously I always a give 100% honest opinion! But building up trust takes time, and I don’t think having all sponsored posts gains it. It’s shocking how, like you said some bloggers just expect free things. For me there nothing worse than a site that only contains product reviews. We all have a talent of some sort. Let’s use it! Xxx Btw – I love the variety on your blog and your intelligence shines through!

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  5. Amen to that! When I started out blogging, I had no idea that a world of begging, bragging and demanding freebies was hidden behind it. I blog because I absolutely love sharing my passion with the world. But many seem to have different intentions and it’s sad to see really.. great post!

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    • Thank you Laura! I started for the same reason, thinking it would be a supportive environment. Don’t get me wrong, I have some amazing supportive blogging friends, but it doesn’t seem like all of the blogosphere are the same. Very sad x x

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  6. Woooooh I bet you feel better having got that off your chest! I don’t think i’ve ever really noticed anyone doing that cringe – maybe I don’t follow enough bloggers on twitter!!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

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  7. Bit controversial but completely agree!!!! I’m glad someone has said it! I started my blog because I love writing, it’s very humble I only have a few followers but it really annoys me when you see other small bloggers thinking it’s their “right as a blogger” to get free stuff! Why can’t people just enjoy their blog for what it is, which is an outlet to express yourself? Great post!!xx

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  8. EXACTLY THIS! I find this is maybe more beauty bloggers than bloggers in general but I’ve seen people call out on #prrequest for things like ‘blogger friendly’ hotels. I can only assume that ‘blogger friendly’ is meant to mean ‘hotels that will give me a discount or freebie’, that’s something I would never dream of doing. Being grabby and unprofessional on Twitter is not for me. The bloggers I respect the most are those who have integrity and I hope to be one of them.

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    • I do follow a lot of beauty bloggers so that may be it 🙂 I agree with the PR request, it’s so embarrassing, as long as you are true to yourself, don’t brag or beg, your readers will admire and trust your judgement x

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  9. Whoa. I, personally am uncomfortable being as bold as you describe above but they’re entitled to be who they are whether we agree or not. Saddest thing I’ve seen is a blogger with a big ego, it is tragic, all I can do is unfollow them.

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  10. Very true! I do feel lucky I don’t see this too much, I must be out of the loop haha! I blog cos I love it, and it’s creatively challenging! I don’t enjoy reading blogs that are constant beauty reviews anyway (personal opinion!) especially all PR ones cos to me it’s just not creative. I want to read blogs with more substance, personality behind them, a blogger I can connect with on a personal level! Slagging off brands on twitter cos they haven’t tweeted you is awful, well unless it’s that you have a real complaint. I have seen some brands being damn cheeky and I think if they’re not responding twitter is the best way to get their attention! xo

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    • Definitely agree about blogs that are full of PR samples – I can’t read them haha! I feel twitter is a great way to contact brands, but there is an approach you should take when contacting ones you are working with – professionalism! 🙂 I love seeing blogs with more than just reviews, gives you in insight into the bloggers, allowing you to trust them and connect with them. I’ve made some amazing friends through blogging xxx

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  11. I love this! I agree with everything. I hate when people say ‘here’s my blog, give it a follow’ if I do say sometime like that, I make sure I say ‘give it a follow if you like it’ not just blatantly telling someone to follow you.ox

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  12. I agree with everything you have written, I do not write a blog but follow a lot, I have seen the way things have changed and it is definitely not for the better. I am getting very bored of reading certain peoples blogs who keep on about all the free things they have got, don’t get me wrong I am sure we would all love to try products out for free but to brag about it just stupid, I like to read blogs with a mixture of different topics not just beauty but their lives and interests as well.

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  13. Totally agree👌! I also get annoyed when people spam me on twitter or in my comments, saying, ‘check out my blog? Follow? ‘ i will real your blog if I want to!! 👏 for having the guts to write this, you’ve written really well. Xxx

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  14. Amen, sister. Today, I watched a haul that contained 95% gifted products and I honestly got sick of it after the first 5 minutes. Sure, it’s nice to get freebies but what the heck. I have chosen to unfollow people who post their bloggermail on Instagram, I just don’t want to look at wrapped up parcels all day long. I honestly don’t know what this bragging is all about. If you’re honestly excited it’s okay to share it once imho but it’s not okay to spam people with messages about your freebies.

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  15. Honesty don’t think you could have but this in such a better way, I turned away from blogging for a while because of other bloggers behaviour. I feel like it puts a downer on everything, because we have to read the negativity; I’m happy if I never get a sample from a brand, quite frankly I blog for a hobby and it’s my own little escape place.

    Brave for putting this up, hopefully you won’t get any shit for it! x

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    • Thanks Beth – haven’t had any (yet)! But I think it’s got to a point where enough is enough!! I have unfollowed loads of people recently! Deleting the negativity off my twitter timeline haha 🙂 xx

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  16. Totally agree with what you say! That #prrequest hashtag just makes me roll my eyes! How can people ask for free stuff like that? Won’t name and shame but one of my favourite bloggers recently took to twitter and instagram to whine that she had to buy the new benefit liner and was the “only blogger” who didn’t recieve it for free as a pr sample! Just put me off her completely! Just because you have a certain number of followers doesn’t mean you have the right to be sent stuff for free! Makes me sad that blogging has come to this!

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  17. My pet hate has to be when I see something along the lines of “beauty haul” … *2 items*. Pretty sure a haul was originally based on the fact it was such a bulk lot of stuff that you’d have to haul it, right? Or maybe they’re ants. ANT BEAUTY HAUL, can you imagine! 🙂 x

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  18. I love this post and I totally agree with everything you’ve said! I have to admit I love looking through #prrequest to see people basically begging for free things, some of the things that they ask for are just shocking; like Lisa said in one of the comments above I’ve seen people asking for hotel rooms ect. I really think it’s shocking how much some bloggers feel that they are entitled too. I agree what happened to people blogging because they love it and wanted to share their thoughts without free things being their goal?

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  19. Well said Beth. I understand exactly what you mean when you say this about bloggers getting too big for their boots. I’ve seen brands approaching bloggers to do reviews, and then the blogger asking for a gift on top of the product they are reviewing as a “thanks” for their hard work… Erm… Since when did this happen? Blogging should be creative and inspirational, not greedy, and done for the exchange of money and products. There are far too many blogs that have been purely created for this. Many people might look at my blog and think so, but I genuinely get excited about hair and beauty products but I in no way expect them to come through the post for free every day just because I started up a blog. What bloggers really need to know, is that a good brand with good exposure is something to be flattered about if they have been approached. After all, it takes more to make a business than it does to build yourself 1,000 followers on twitter. Brilliant, controversial, and insightful post. Thank you so much because I really enjoyed reading it.

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  20. It really annoys me that some bloggers are all about the freebies and you see every single item on their blog is a pr sample. Well good on you for writing a successful blog, but maybe once in a while go down your local boots and spend a tenner and give us an honest review.
    Then there is all the bitching and moaning. Get a life people. I’m glad that your blog is not fake in any way, and that is why I love it so much. Its honest posts like this that I love. Im gonna stop ranting now haha .Well said! xx

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  21. Perfect post completely agree 100% ! Its funny I just read a post about someone being disgusted that they was offered £5 to write posts. Just keep it to yourself. It just makes you look bad and no one will work with you in future. I love a blogger who has a passion for blogging and that’s the sole reason they blog!
    Great post Bethany about time someone said it and perfectly done aswell ! ❤

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  22. I love this. I feel like bloggers are afraid to call other bloggers out on topics like this, but it needs to be said! Thanks for writing this! Hopefully some bloggers will read it and get a wake up call.

    Seren x
    Terrible Thrills

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    • Yeah, I agree! You can’t start a blog with the intention of getting free stuff or sponsored posts. You have to love it for it to grow into something! If that growth is a freebie here and there, then great. If not, who cares? I’ve met loads of amazing people through my blog – I’d have that over any freebie! x

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  23. Hahaha you make me DIE! This is a very giggle-worthy rant, but you’re definitely talking on behalf of so many bloggers.I’m getting so angry with the blogging world lately. I admit, I’m guilty of “showing off” goodies I may have been sent – but I’ve never in heard of #bloggingmail, and it’s more for the fact it coincides with my freelance job, and because it’s a common courtesy to some brands, espesh if I won’t review their stuff for ages because I’ve got other posts planned etc. I still get INCREDIBLY excited about receiving gifts!! And sometimes I just put a tweet out about them rather than do a post because I don’t find it necessary to. What I HATE the most is girl’s that are bumlicking PR companies about a product, I go out and buy the product and it’s absolutely AWFUL. It makes me really not trust that blogger after that. I’d never review something that I didn’t like, or if I do, it’d be an honest one.

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    • Haha thank you Vicky! I’ve had to unfollow some girls for bum lucking! I think you HAVE to be honest, or you aren’t going to be credible, people won’t trust you and you’ll be known for being a liar.

      Thank you so much for your comment xxxx

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  24. The only time I use Twitter for PR purposes is when they ASK for bloggers who are willing to guest post or review sample. I, for one, do not ask them myself if they have anything that I can review!
    I totally agree with you when you said about more popular bloggers thinking that they are better than everyone else just becasue they have 200 bloglovin followers! I get a lot of bloggers looking down on me because I only have a couple of hundred followers!

    Mollie, xo \ The Fashion Of Craft

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    • At the end of the day, it’s nice to see that ‘follow’ count go up, but I’m happy knowing that my blog has enabled me to meet soooo many likeminded people!! some of my best friends who I talk to every day ard bloggers and I’d rather have them than all the followers!! X

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  25. Every time I get given the chance to review a product I feel so grateful! But I would never brag about it, I find the whole concept of getting free things just because you blog etc. a little odd tbh! It annoys me so much seeing people ask for freebies or getting annoyed they weren’t invited to an event, and like you said just because someone has a large following doesn’t mean people read their post. I’m quite content with having a bunch of people who do enjoy reading my post/comment etc. than a large number. For some reason I feel quality can go down the bigger a blog gets.

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  26. Excellent post on a controversial topic Beth! I like how you’ve covered specific areas in question under sub headings, allowing your statement more weight. I’ve often thought the same as you, particularly with the #prrequest, when I see them on my twitter feed. People get into blogging for different reasons – to share their passion for a topic, to make friends with the same interests, to help others by providing information on a topic they are knowledgable about, etc. it should never be about getting freebies! People who do this can often be transparent &, as you say, companies & other bloggers will run a mile! Thank you for posting this! Xx

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  27. So totally agree with this! I honestly don’t see this too often, I must be out of the loop or something. #bloggermail is something I have never seen and I am very happy I haven’t! One thing I do think though, is that it must be hard to some extent when you’re a big blogger to blog about things that aren’t sent to you when 90% of what you own is sent to you for free, although that’s a whole different topic. Definitely agree with your points and I definitely will be unfollowing people if I see them behave this way.
    bellesplash.blogspot.co.uk

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    • Thank you for your comment Natasha 🙂 Yeah I know what you mean about bigger bloggers – I think that you would be stupid to turn down things that suited your blog, but important to maintain a balance. xxxx

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  28. Preaching to the choir! I do think some bloggers to get slightly crazy, I question how long they will genuinely last, and I have never heard of the #PRREQUEST but it seems desperate and insane to me.
    I do think the thing about Brands offering you $5 (or any ‘cheap’ amount) that bloggers do need to be selective and brands need to be aware/respectful of the work that bloggers put into their campaign/post/video that they create and offering an amount accordingly.
    Kelsey x

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  29. Couldn’t agree with you more! I was on the #fblchat on Tuesday and soooo many people were complaining that they don’t get anything/don’t get enough/PR doesn’t give the ‘little blogs’ a chance – they aren’t going to send you out a sample to reach your 100 strong following when they can send samples to someone with a following of 1000’s! Crazy.

    I hate those hashtags too, and I hate how often I see people using them! I also don’t really like seeing people putting out a #prrequest to collaborate with on a giveaway – I think that is so cheeky asking for freebies to give away for added exposure of your blog/more followers…

    http://www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. This is why I gave up with my beauty/fashion blog, twitter and involvement. It’s embarrassing and infuriating the way so many bloggers conduct themselves! I just stick to my lifestyle blog now and keep well out of all that nonsense. Good for you for speaking up 🙂

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