Thursday, July 5, 2012
Thoughts about sponsored posts on Veggie Mama
I write about a lot of food on this here blog. I write a lot of recipes including this food. It makes up 99% of what I write, and 150% what I think about. I write what I like, and what I use. And sometimes, people want to pay me to do that.
I say "no" a lot. I say no to things I'd never use, things I don't think any of you care about, things that are impractical, things that don't fit in here (contact lenses anyone?!) and things that are just far too expensive for me to honestly be able to convince you you need. My writing skills aren't good enough to explain how spending $800 on a juicer would enrich your life!
However, stuff's been turning up in my inbox lately that I'm getting excited about. Stuff that I think is a good fit, and that you will like. I'm acutely aware of the uproar lately on sponsored posts on blogs and before I go any further with these things, I want to know - what are your thoughts? Yes it is my blog, my piece of online real estate, and I can do with it whatever I like. And I will. But if it's something you feel passionate about, I want to know.
Before you tell me, I want to guarantee you three things:
1. There will always be something in it for you - whether it's a new recipe or a giveaway, a discount or something else I can cook up (heh). I have a minimum price that all giveaways must reach, so it won't be anything like a box of the latest muesli bars or a packet of stickers. I'd just feel strange saying "I got sent this thing and it was good. The end."
2. I don't "review" as such, so anything I decide to take on board will be something that I truly like and think you will too. If I try it and don't find it useful, I'll turn it down.
3. While the post itself will be sponsored, it will read exactly like a normal post, except there will be more specific information about the product and how it is made or what makes it special, and links to more information. It will never be a recycled press release, and if I don't get to write it in my usual style, I won't do it. It will also be clearly marked as sponsored right at the beginning so you can click away if you're not interested. I've been very transparent on this blog so far and I'll continue to do that. I'll probably also continue to word my disclaimers like a drunken uncle.
They're also going to be pretty spaced out. I don't like reading four sponsored posts in a row, so I wouldn't have it here. Basically, anything that makes me feel icky is out. You all have your own likes and dislikes about blogs and their content, and I hope you always find what you like here.
I don't foresee anything changing much, but I want to hear your thoughts. I'm pretty tough, so be honest!
<3 VM xx
PS I have pledged to give a portion of any proceeds this blog makes to Foundation 18. It is a wonderful organisation helping Indonesian children to be housed and fed and schooled when they otherwise would be suffering in poverty. It is currently funded solely by Cate Bolt and her family, and donations. If you'd like to help, or sponsor, they'd be more than grateful.