Let’s Discuss: Paid for Blogging? Is it really that unethical?Posted by in Let's Discuss! | Uncategorized
So before you start lighting up those torches and sharpening those pitchforks, this isn’t reality, I just want to know what you think and I want to give my own opinion of the situation as well. I might be walking on very thin ice here, so don’t take my opinions to heart, I will want to hear yours.
Well just a formal welcome to the first roseannebeauty forum. Here I encourage you to comment your own thoughts about the situation at hand. Today’s situation is about blogging for money, being paid to blog, the works.
What do I think of it?
The reality is that people are already being paid to blog, people are making a livelihood out of it and the average famous blogger makes $100 US a day. Most of your famous lifestyle bloggers like Xiaxue and others are being paid for most of their posts not just being sponsored (I know for a fact), but beauty bloggers aren’t. The reason why is because we think that you would come after us with pitchforks and torches if ever we got paid for a single review.
Why is that so?
Simple. We think that you would think us unreliable money hungry assbuts who would instantly lie to you if we received any monetary compensation for what we do. It ruins our whole image doesn’t it? Or does it really? That’s my question because I know for a fact that my values are strong enough that I would never do that and you’ve seen it and known it. So my question is, why would receiving money for what we do change anything?
If a singer who once sang for free started receiving money from his albums sold be less reputable than if he didn’t and didn’t receive any money for a talent? It’s just something to think about really and it’s been on my mind because you know that I’m totally honest and real to you so the reality of the situation is that everyone I’m talking to is like “roseanne, start monetizing” I don’t know how and I want to one day make this part of who I am but I can’t because we all have this perception that we would be less reliable even if we told companies that NO WAY am I going to lie, but have the power to charge companies a fee for a review.
And you know what, beauty bloggers, we should start charging.
Do you know why companies are asking bloggers to do reviews, given free products and invited to nice events? Because we are the next advertising outlet that costs thousands of dollars less (we are free) than putting up an advertising print ad on a bus or a television ad after your favourite tv show, plus we are able to reach thousands of people. You might think – Roseanne, are you complaining? Are you complaining about all the free stuff you get? Hunny, it’s not a bed of roses because roses have thorns. Sure we have the ability to say yes and no, but most of the time, it’s hard to say no especially if you’re thinking of establishing a network. Companies give us product, we review them but its not really all fun and games. You got to try it out for a long time, figure out a way to show you guys that it works or doesn’t work and then edit, watermark and then post it and answer comments. Do you think I was really enjoying that facial when I was doing it – nope, I was taking pictures and trying to remember every single piece of information I was given. It’s not as easy as you might think and it takes more than a few hours. It feels like a full time job, but how much are we getting – nothing.
But don’t get me wrong – I’m not money hungry. I do what I do because I love doing it and I love helping people, but it’s just what seems fair. And I do enjoy a fair bit going to events and meeting people, and seeing what every company has to offer. But with the onsugar tracker, I’m seeing more sponsorships than special interest because I feel like we beauty bloggers feel pressured. With every interest, sparks something that eventually turns into a livelihood.
The trademark of a good blogger is someone who is opinionated and outspoken. If that blogger is weak enough to be strayed for a few dollars in their opinions, they’re not very good to say the least. I’m not saying you should accept money willingly but charging a fee for an honest and I mean honest review is a different story with the ability to tell companies, hey, this is my fee for any review but look, I don’t do dirty water I tell the truth and I will review your product regardless of whether it gives me good or bad results. It’s only fair compensation in my opinion.
But this hasn’t been talked about before. I know I’ve probably pressed a few buttons I shouldn’t have pressed but I think you know that I’m very vocal and I have personal opinions that I’m not afraid to share, especially if you follow me on twitter.
Now, I want to know what yours is. What do you think about bloggers charging a fee, being paid, the works? Total honesty here. I’m sure there are bloggers out there who do it but don’t tell their viewers and I find that fishy because you know that here, honesty is the best policy. So, I’m being honest here and that’s what I think.
And no, I haven’t accepted a single dollar for what I’ve done.
Of course the bad side is that you’re scared that theres unreliability now and maybe making it okay would make it hard to seperate the good from the bad. And you would never know.