TODAY I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN ON MY MIND FOR AWHILE….
The blogging industry, but specifically holding your standards and your value in a world that can seemingly devalue your time and you as a person, with how saturated the industry has become.
If you’re a blogger and have been for anytime, you know exactly where this is going RIGHT? Like me, you probably get mass quantities of emails from companies asking you to post for free.
If I could document the number of companies that contact me daily and ask me to post for free, you know….. to see “how things go” and the conversion rate, so we can see about possibly working together, down the road….
This to me, is a like a company that you are interviewing with ask you to work for free for a few months to see how things go…. I mean, You’d laugh in their face, right? (I hope you would ….girl!)
But unfortunately, this has seemed to become the norm in the blogging world, and I apparently there are alot of girls doing it because there are so many companies stating “they don’t have a budget” to work with.
I don’t know about you but I have a VERY HIGH value on my time. I mean we all have a limited amount of time in the day. Blogging to me, even though I do this more of a creative outlet still takes an immense amount of time and energy. The time shooting, editing, posting and engaging can be overwhelming. So I have no problem telling companies (nicely) that my creativity and time will require some kind of sponsorship. etc….
And I know in the beginning sometimes you need to do what you need to do to grow and for content, so if you ARE going to post without sponsorship, what I would recommend doing is asking the company to commit to at least reposting you on their page for exposure if they have a higher end of following on their IG etc…. I’ve done this before and this can definitely be beneficial for both parties.
So the point of this post, is to remind you to keep your standards high…. in life… and especially in the blogging industry where, I know how much can be expected for free, and how it can feel like you’re being undervalued everytime you get another email asking for free posts
You are important, your time is important and we all need to remember that and stick together to raise the value of the creative efforts we put forth.
Hope this resonated with you in some small way, and would love to hear from you in the comments below!