blogging for freebies- Where Do You Draw The Line? - Sammy Makes Six

blogging for freebies- Where Do You Draw The Line?

I ask this because I see so many blogs reviewing so many different items, sometimes items that I know that there is no way that they can use. Or sometimes I will see someone take the time to review something that has a value of less than $5 and that is when I really wonder...where do we draw the line? Will we review any piece of junk under the sun just because it's free?

Not here at SMS. Here you will see us review and giveaway a plethora of items. But you will never see us review an item that we have no use for. Our house is teeny tiny and we do not plan on filling it up with useless junk nor do we use our blog to promote and link to an item or company that we don't believe in or like. I understand that at the beginning when you are barely getting a blog off the ground, you have to take some opportunities you would rather pass on. But I still think we have to set some limits, it's just like dating really, you wouldn't date just any guy off the street right, so why would you review just any item. 

From the ground up, it's all about building a solid reputation, a solid foundation full of posts and reviews that speak to who you are and the quality of your blog. "No--I will not review a pack of gum or a key chain for you and no I will not review that poster or your website for free". My girls and I are not sitting here endlessly emailing every company online to grab a freebie, a lot of people seem to think that that is what all review bloggers do. They think we are all blogging for freebies... and I found this offensive really. Because I know how much work goes into looking, finding and pitching to a sponsor. The time it takes to write up a review and then the endless hours it takes us to promote the giveaways. 

So I beg of you my fellow bloggers, please help us set our standards way higher than they are now. Lets show these companies that they can not send us a bottle cap, a magnet or sample sized items. Lets show everyone that nothing we get is FREE, because we work our butts off for it. Because we spend hours away from our families to promote these items. Lets show them that there is NO SUCH THING as blogging for freebies... 

15 comments

MikiHope said...

I totally agree with these sentiments--I do not review products although I will talk about products that I have used from friends blogs on occasion and do a give away or two on products I sell or my friends sell and I really like!! I rarely even enter give aways because frankly--I do not need, use or want most of the products-If it is something I want--I will enter. Some of the giveaways I have seen really aren't worth the time and bother to promote them. I do hope that all the bloggers out there take this advice to heart--there is strength in numbers--

Nicole said...

I agree. I just started reviewing products and I have a few reviews and giveaways coming up soon (I just posted my first one today). I am definitely not doing it just to get free stuff. I'm only contacting companies who offer items that I actually want to try and think my readers would be interested in. I won't do a review or giveaway on any item that I don't like.

Yannie said...

I agree with you. Reviewing products isn't easy. It takes time and effort..

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Simply Stacie said...

Totally agree! We have a policy that we don't accept sample size products for review.

Elle said...

Great post. Thats why I don't have things to review. I don't want to do items I know nothing about...or can't/won't use. The things I do about...not sure anyone would care about. Oh well.

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Elle said...

Hah also found you on the Stumble Tumble Tuesday hop. Stumbled this post!

Olivia McFarlin said...

BEAUTIFUL! I completely agree! I love doing reviews but only those which I feel will be beneficial to my readers and my family. I remember taking all the reviews I could get in the beginning so I could get my blog off the ground. However, early in that process I realized it was not worth it. I think you ruin your credibility if you review just any old piece of junk or sample sizes. I also think the company is insulting you by only sending you a sample size. So great post! :)

Richele said...

Sorry...my daughter was signed in! The comment above is mine! :) LOL.

Heather said...

Here from the Stumble hop. I completely agree with your thoughts. My URL is http://chattywomen.com/pennythoughts/2011/05/24/fight-the-ma-affiliate-tax/

Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I agree. I commented earlier!

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aquariann said...

Interesting take! I don't write product reviews, but have been pondering it.

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Callista said...

I won't lie, I like freebies, but I don't just write quick reviews so I can get as many freebies as possible. I review items because I like to share my thoughts with others. I am guilty of sometimes reviewing smaller items but a lot of the time it's food and so they send a coupon for a free food item.

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Mariah said...

This is a great post! I agree completely! I have been tempted by the desire to have items to review but I don't need a bunch of stuff we won't use and besides -- how effectively can I review something I don't/won't really use?

Anyway! I'm stopping by from this week's Super Stalker Sunday hop! Thanks for participating! I hope you'll join us again next week!

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Judy said...

I agree whole-heartedly. Blogging takes time and effort and anyone who blogs should value their time and their personal space on the net. When I'm offered an opportunity to review something I sit and think about whether or not it's worth my time, and whether or not it will benefit my family.

Sara said...

I've honestly wondered about some of the things I've seen flowerly reviews for.

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