February 22, 2013

I found my favorite blog through a huge giveaway.

I'm about to talk "bloggy", so for the readers who aren't in the blogging-cult, I mean community, please forgive me :)  I promise to get back to regular programming soon.

There's been a lot of talk lately in the blogosphere about whether or not blogs should do huge giveaways, or have sponsors, or make money, or blah, blah, blah.  Here's my opinion: Bloggers can do whatever they want. As long as it doesn't hurt other people than what's the problem? If someone doesn't personally like a blogger's way of running their space, nobody is making them go there. There are blogs that I follow who do a lot of giveaways and make a lot of money... and I don't care in the slightest. If anything I'm excited for them! I go because their content is amazing and hey, if they give me a chance to win a bunch of cool stuff than I'll take it! If you blog and make money at it, than that's your own prerogative and quite honestly, I'm a little (okay a lot) inspired... Writing about your life and making some cash is no different than writing a memoir and selling a book. Does making money off your blog come with some responsibilities? Yeah, obviously.  But if the blogger's content remains stellar than a sponsored post or a sidebar of paid advertisements doesn't bother me in the slightest.

I know bloggers whom I absolutely adore. I adore them as writers AND people. If they can find ways to make money using an avenue that they're passionate about...and use that money to make their dreams come true... maybe to work from home or invest in their family... than I'm happy for them. Really happy for them. And if that platform grows through advertising (just like any other business), and that advertising is done through giveaways or sponsorships, etc. etc.-than that makes sense to me. Over a year and a half ago, I found my favorite blog through a huge giveaway.  Am I a loyal reader now? YES. Was I introduced through a large giveaway? YES. Am I mad about that? NO. I'm thankful!! Do I consider myself a bought follower?? Absolutely not. I was introduced to her space through the giveaway and then had a choice to stay or leave. I stayed. Gladly. Had she not had that large giveaway I may not  have found an incredible space that I read everyday and enjoy so much. As a reader, I'm not offended.  But if  you really want to know what I think about it... go to this amazing post. It's perfection.



Liz Luscomb said...

I agree with everything you have said!! Heck, I found your blog through a sponsorship on Rustic Living a long time ago!

I also find amazing blogs through blogrolls that another blogger shares on their home page.
Do I read them every day?--No.
I don't have that sort of time, BUT I love having them there for when I'm ready to cozy up for a good read. :)

I'm also likely to click on your button if it entices me!

Anonymous said...

I agree with this post 100%! If someone doesn't like how a blog is run then simply click the "x" button. I love being able to host and participate in giveaways, but that's just me. I've also found some of the most amazing blogs through sponsor sidebars.
Have a wonderful weekend!

jess said...

I agree with your post totally, but the other thing is that there's some responsibility that goes along with being a reader and wanting to enter these giveaways.

Honestly, I understand the fuss but I think a lot of it is not necessary. I like giveaways because I am always looking for new blogs that I am interested in. I don't follow every blog under the sun just so I can enter a giveaway, I check them all out and comment and follow on the ones that appeal to me the most :)

Jessica said...

I LOVE Erin's blog. sooo great :)

Jessica said...

Just so we know, you are in the top two blogs that I read :)

Erin said...

love you, love this post, love it all.

i think you knew that already though?

hope you are doing well my friend--i literally miss talking to you. maybe we should do it again (just for fun of course..i promise i don't make my friends pay to talk to me, ha).

Jenn D said...

I completely agree with this post! We all just want to make money doing what we like- thats the dream right? If that happened to me through blogging I would be so happy! As long as the posts are still wonderful and the c/o's fit with the blogger than I'm a happy reader.

holli said...

Hi there, I am a new follower and stumbled across your blog via another bloggers sidebar. Your name obviously caught my attention. Great blog! I'm Holli
and my blog is Holli's Hoots and Hollers. www.hollishootsandhollers.blogspot.com