A lot of people may think that blogging is wonderful and you get a load of ‘free stuff’ for owning your blog. As many benefits as there are when it comes to being a blogger, there are just as many (if not more) pain-in-the-ass things you have to deal with. Here is the real truth about blogging and what goes on behind the scenes.
Dishonest PR companies
So a certain contact at a PR company asked me to ‘review’ a product that the brand is unwilling to send out. REPEAT: The brand wanted me to review a product of theirs without receiving it. Erm, what?
Companies asking you to lie to your audience in exchange for payment
Someone once contacted me to ask my rates for publishing a guest post with several external links. I told them and they asked me to negotiate and lower my rate by a large amount. I declined and told them my rate was set, so take it or leave it basically and they agreed. After making an agreement they then decided to tell me not to disclose the post as a guest post, therefore they wanted me to lie to my audience.
I often receive emails from people claiming that they got my contact details from my blog. In that case, they would have read at the very beginning of my contact page my name which takes a second to include in an email.
Tip: If you are emailing someone to make a proposal or make a connection at least have the decency to try and find out their name. If it’s right there already and you don’t have to hunt around to find it and you choose not to use it, you are a moron 🙂
Brands that want to collab but want you to order the product
If they really wanted to collab, they would be willing to send the product in exchange for a review/promotion. Brands should never act like this and ask you to order the product. I’ve also had brands asking me to pay for a product myself and they will refund me the money once the product has shipped. Dodgy much?!
So there’s an insight into just some of the things us bloggers have to deal with. Do you have any blogging tales to tell?