The other night I read this post over at the Queen of Spain, and it got me thinking about ads, sponsors, and the money side of blogging. It's been rolling around in my head for awhile now, because I've had a few companies offer to send me stuff to review, and I want to do it right.
Right for my readers, that is.
Readers need to know that I have never been paid to post anything on this blog, ever. Products featured in Fabulicious Friday are genuinely products that my family have tried and loved-and so readers can be sure that the recommendation is an honest one. The things that I tell you about in those posts are things that I would recommend to my best friend. Sometimes, I have mentioned charities as a good will gesture, even though I have had no experience with them personally.
So far, three companies have heard about my post (or plans to) and then have sent me samples, such as Water geeks, The Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and Moody Bee. With the exception of the Water geeks, I had already purchased the products on my own and loved them so much, I wanted to pass along the information. In the case of the Water geeks, a friend of mine had shown me her water bottle and I was admiring it from afar.
Any company, business, or service that I recommend in The Road Trip Files is a genuine recommendation based on my experience with said company, business, or service. Again, I have not been paid or received compensation in any way whatsoever. I'm not saying that I never will-but if I am, I will fully disclose that fact to readers.
When I have done giveaways, I have either bought the product myself out of pocket, or a company has sponsored me. When a company has sponsored me, I have not received one of the products myself. If I ever do, I will disclose that fact as well.
You may also notice that I don't have any advertising on Notes From the Cookie Jar. It isn't because I have an anti-ad stance or anything, but that I haven't really been asked and I want to be really careful about the ads that I allow on my blog. Too often I go to blogs that are clogged up with in-your face marketing, and I don't like it. I don't think you'd like it, either. So as a result, I'm a bit picky.
What do you think? If you're a blogger, where do you draw the line? Is it a business for you, or creative outlet? Do you have any questions regarding Notes From the Cookie jar?
Let me know in the comments.