Before I start doing things like beauty reviews and product or brand-centered posts – which I’d really like to start doing more of in future – I have to make two things clear:
1. I don’t do advertorial-y type things.
Nobody pays me to write whatever I write, so if I’m talking about something I like, it’s not because I’m getting a fat cheque / fat bribe / fat anything for it.
I’ve always had a bit of a problem with that. I don’t like how a perfectly wonderful and well-written blog can start to sound very inauthentic once advertorials and paid-posts creep into the archives.
We read blogs because, unlike most other mainstream media, blogs still seem to reserve more of a right to remain personal, more real. We read them because we like what that person has to say and value their opinions, and being paid to say something good about a product / service / person (when you might not necessarily think it is) just doesn’t seem right.
(I understand that a lot of bloggers these days do take on paid posts and to a large extent, I’ve also seen how successful it can be for many. I don’t mean this to be in any way offensive to how these bloggers write and manage their own blogs. It’s just something I personally don’t like).
2. If I say I like your stuff, it probably means I really do!
So it follows that if I do write product views, it’s because I really am wild about the product. I don’t bother writing about stuff which is mediocre or which I’m indifferent to. If I write about something, it’ll either be because I really like it or I’m really damn pissed about it and want the world to know how much it sucks.
Having said all this however, if you’d still like to send me stuff for review, drop me a message and we’ll fix up something. No guarantees that I will definitely review it here but if I do like it, you’ll hear no end of me raving about its endless goodness!
So there we go. My little ramble. Now let’s get on to the good stuff.