If you’ve been around here for very long, you may have noticed that all of a sudden I’m writing a lot of sponsored posts. I’m all “#SPONSORED!! #AD!! #NoButIReallyLikeThis Product!!! Holy Hashtag Batman!!” Boo– I don’t want you to be confused so here are the top three reasons I write *sponsored content!
*Sponsored– any post for which a blogger receives compensation, either by payment or free product
You know how sometimes people say things like, “What would be your dream job? What would you do for free because you love it so much??” My answer would be this. What I’m doing right now– writing, blogging, flying all over the country meeting interesting people and learning from them, then sitting down and telling y’all all about it. And I did do it for free for almost four years. Because I love it!
But what if your passion snowballed into your dream job and you realized all of a sudden that you could do what you love– EXACTLY what you love– and get paid to do it??
Boom. Sponsored content.
Here are the top three things I want you to know about my sponsored posts:
1. I will never post sponsored content without telling you that’s exactly what it is. (Aside from being illegal, it’s bad form and that ain’t who I am!)
2. I will never post about a product or service unless I think it has value to my readership. I do not say, “Yes” to every offer that comes my way. And if I’m telling you about something it’s because I a) Totally humiliated myself in the using of said product and you need to hear my story, or b) I think it’s something you are really going to love.
3. I don’t want you to ever feel like I think you are only a consumer– because you are NOT. Not to me. Most of you are my friends, online or in real life, and the rest of you are part of my tribe– you comment and like and lift me up when I post about depression or my crappy parenting and I don’t want to ever jeopardize that!
Do I want to get paid to do what I love? Of course I do. Do I want to become an endless stream of commercials– absolutely not!
What’s your take on sponsored posts?