I have to get this out of my head.
I've been thinking about sponsored posts after some e-mails approaching me to put product content on my blog.
I can't write honestly about things I don't use or love and I don't think people want to read that either. So I got to thinking about where I stand on this sort of thing.
Why I blog.
Pure enjoyment. I love that I have a record of my life. As much as I've tried I've never been able to keep a diary. For some reason blogging works for me.
Connecting with people, many who have become friends in "real life".
Removes isolation of living in a country area. I can connect with like minded people in an instant.
Promotion of my hand made quilts and clothes, and my friend's on line business pursuits.
So what to do about the commercial world wanting a piece of me!!!
After much thought, I've decided, if approached, I'm happy to review products I genuinely use or would try. That way I can write honestly and hopefully my readers wont mind too much. I may as well get a couple of perks out of blogging but not at the risk of changing my blog focus. Not that I'm inundated with requests.
For any company thinking of sending me a request.
I'd consider reviewing products/books/web sites/stores etc. on the following topics.
Sewing, quilting, fabric, healthy living, food, natural products, children's learning, small farms, sustainability, gardens, vegetable growing, photography and renovating.
(and totally unhealthy and unsustainable but delicious Cadbury chocolate.)
That about sums up our life interests at the moment.
The first three are a no brainer!
Sorry about the wordy, housekeeping nature of this post, but its out of my head, and I feel happy with my stance.
I'm very interested to hear what others think.
Have I found the happy medium on this issue?
Feel free to use the same idea yourself on your own blog.
Now for a random photo because you can't have a blog post without a photo.