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.
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.
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.