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Finding that Balance as a Blogger
Posted By Crystal Collins On February 26, 2010 @ 1:45 pm In Finance,Home and Garden | 4 Comments
Many times I have said that my site is about finding a balance between natural and thrifty. If you are new to my site, you might sometimes be confused by the deals I post. I’m a big promoter of what is organic, green, natural and better for the environment and our bodies.
This does not mean that I exclusively promote organic deals. I know that many of you out there, despite the fact that you would like to, can’t buy exclusively organic because of the way prices are. I too am not able to buy exclusive organic, but I do buy it when I can. Life to me is all about balance, and this is what I try to do with the deals I post on my site.
What you will find here: The occasional free food deal or freebie, that isn’t necessarily healthy/better for the environment. But I do try my best to ensure that the majority of my deals are promoting healthy eating and living.
What you will not find here: My endorsement of a product I do not believe in. Endorsement versus offering you all a deal or freebie is a totally different thing, in my opinion. This very subject raised quite a stir on my Facebook Fan Page earlier in the week, when I mentioned that I turned down a $100 gift card and Flip camera from a company because I didn’t feel I could endorse their products. A lot of people misunderstand what bloggers do. Most of us aren’t out just to get free product from companies (we do after all, have to claim it all on our taxes). We are out to help our readers. Personally, I don’t always like receiving things from companies (strange right?). It’s a lot of work testing out a product to make sure it’s okay for my readers. I have to record it all for tax purposes, and then I have to do the work of writing a post and running a giveaway. Sometimes this involves mailing out items, which can sometimes be a task in and of itself and cost me money.
But I know that you my readers like giveaways. I can’t offer a giveaway on a product I don’t believe in and haven’t tried, so this is why I usually receive samples.
I can’t speak for other bloggers, but this is me in a nutshell. I’m devoted to finding a balance between natural and thrifty, endorsement and deal promoting, life, family and blogging. To read more about me and why I blog, read the post Why I do, What I do here.
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