Hope you all are having a great week.
Lets skip right to the point today.
1. Following up on this post regarding Sponsorships - I've decided against having them on this blog. I received quite a bit of private feedback via email from many of you voicing your dislike for sponsored blogs and to be honest, I completely agreed with most of your opinions. They were right in line with mine so there will be none of that. Ever. Case closed. Fact of the matter is, it takes a lot of work to truly run a sponsor program that benefits both the blogger and the sponsors and I just don't have that kind of time or dedication. I have an 8-5 so the last thing I want is for this blog to feel like work.
2. Group Giveaways - I will never be interested in participating, via paying an entry fee to offer an expensive item, in a "Group Giveaway". Thank you to those of you who have offered the "opportunity" to me, but I just don't believe in paying for followers. Offering a large $ item which requires people to follow your blog as the entry = paying for followers in my book and I refuse to participate in it. I understand that bloggers who participate in these giveaways can gain almost 500 followers in a few days time, but that is NOT what I want for this blog. The little number next to my followers icon is of people who actually READ this blog, not people who came by and clicked a button for a giveaway entry and never returned. I value readership NOT numbers and I damn sure will never pay someone to read this blog. Ever. Again, this is just my take on Group Giveaways and I'm only addressing it because I have received multiple emails asking me to participate and I feel this is happening because bloggers are seeing follower counts skyrocket on other blogs and they believe this is the way to gain readers. IT'S NOT MY FRIENDS. I hate that this is what its come to. Concentrate on your content instead of your numbers and you will gain REAL readers which is what should matter.
For the record, I'm not dissing giveaways in general. I've hosting plenty. I'm dissing paying to participate in a giveaway. Anything I have ever given away on this blog was given to me TO giveaway. I have never and WILL NEVER purchase items as giveaways.
4. Link Ups - I can't say enough for good linkups. Want followers?! Get a badass linkup idea and the followers will come. Make a fun weekly post that bloggers WANT to participate in and the great results will come. This is a great way to build your readership and IT'S FREE!
As always, these are MY OPINIONS. I'm completely aware that a few of my favorite people fall in a couple of these categories and I still LOVE them the same. I just wish bloggers would get back to the basics!! Take it or leave it! I promise we can still be friends.