Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Freebies and the FTC

First, I apologize for another long absence. I'm busy, busy, busy studying during my summer session, then there's the two cases of chicken pox that our house has endured, plus it's summer and we've got the garden going and all that jazz, I'm volunteering and well, I'm busy. :) I promise to be back soon, including with pictures of the kiddos. :)

Anyways, I came by because I read an article about blogging and how mommy bloggers are going to take a week off of all PR - here, I'm just going to link. Okay, so while I think it's great to take a break and maybe focus on other things, I don't understand the outrage of some mommy bloggers (and really, all bloggers in general). Look, I (and others, I'm sure) read your blog because you have something going for it - perhaps I strive to be more like you in my parenting style, maybe I like your photography, maybe I like your decorating style, etc - if you're getting free products, there's nothing wrong with being honest and upfront about it. I, as a reader won't be upset if you are honest about it. In fact, maybe I'd be posting more on my own blog all sorts of the cool things that we do if I knew just what cool swag was being passed out.

So, if you happen to read this (and I think I have like a whopping eight readers, lol) and you get free stuff for blogging about it, just tell us! Maybe only blog about the ones that you like? Your honesty is sort of on the line, if you continually steer people in the direction of products that just suck, people will know. If you tell the truth and are honest, people will appreciate that and continue to love their favorite bloggers.

1 comment:

casacaudill said...

As a PR professional and a blogger who gets pitched, when I saw this uproar I had one thing to say - STFU and cry me a river. You don't want to review products? JUST SAY NO. In fact, this is me saying no right now to ever reading those whiners' blogs again.