While the Toronto blogosphere is on the topic of disclosure again (really people, are we still not better than that?), I thought I’d write about something that has been bugging me lately:
I blog, therefore I…
never spend any of my own money?
Friends, family, bloggers, and Internet trolls often comment on the “perks” of being a blogger. If I post that I’m going to see a sold-out concert without explicitly saying that I bought the tickets myself, I get comments like “Oh you’re so lucky!”, “How do you get all this free stuff?”, and the most insulting “I’m going to start a blog so I can do all this cool stuff too!”.
Some have even gone so far as to suggest I am not being totally transparent in terms of disclosing when I am being paid to promote a product or service. Time after time I’ve had to explain that even though I’m not getting paid to talk about something, I like to tell people when I find a great product or service.
I’m here to set the record straight: Sometimes bloggers spend money.
Sure, blogging means I’m afforded some pretty amazing opportunities. But just because I blog about it, does not mean I am being paid to promote or endorse an event, product, or service. In fact, most of the content on my blog is just me sharing things that I think are awesome on my own free will – no paycheques involved!
I pay for web hosting fees, logo design, site design, and my own domain. I buy my own shoes, clothes, food, makeup, and I pay for my rent, cable, and Internet just like everybody else. I eat at restaurants I don’t get discounts at, and I buy tickets to events I’m not invited to (yes, even some of the ones I write about). Most of the product reviews I post or my Toronto Tips for savvy city-living are my honest reviews of product that I purchased myself.
Why do I do it?
Because I’ve always been the girl on the playground that will tell you exactly where her mom got her those light-up L.A. Gears (totes Zellers) and now that I’m spending my own money on stuff, I’m more than happy to tell you where I can get uber-cheap in-season Essie polishes (Beauty Supply Outlet). So why I not share this info on my blog and social feeds?
Because living in Toronto (and any big city) can be expensive and we’re all looking for ways to live fantastic lives and afford our rent. We are bombarded with new products and services every day and since I rely on the opinions of other people who have had a chance to try it, I’d like to do the same for others.