|Ivy's been thinking too.|
|Ralph thinks best when he is relaxed...|
- What if no-one wants to sponsor my blog? That would feel a lot like rejection and rejection sucks. I'm not fishing for compliments, I'm just being honest. Writing up that email that says "hi - would you like to sponsor my blog?" is a bit scary. That's not the biggest issue though.
- Too much sponsored content is a major turn-off for me. I'm not going to name names but I can think of blogs where the sponsored content far outweighs the "genuine" content. That's the point at which I hit the un-follow button. I'm sure that I'm not unique in finding too much sponsored content just plain old boring (yes, giveaways are lovely, but I really read blogs for inspiration rather than the chance to win fabric). I think this can be managed though.
- I tend to keep my blog pretty non-controversial, but I wouldn't want to feel like I can't give my honest opinion on something because it might upset my sponsors. I guess that's part of the reason I'm putting this post up now. Potential sponsors be warned - I might say things you don't agree with. Like this next bit.
- I'm not sure I'm ok with the constant pressure to buy the newest latest fabric right now all the time. I can't afford to buy every new line that comes out (honestly, who can?), and frankly, I don't always want to (incredibly, I don't love every line of fabric that has ever been produced!). Do I really want to be part of the consumer cycle? On the other hand, I really genuinely love fabric. I get excited about new fabric and I love seeing how other people use it. When I first started quilting 6 or 7 years ago there weren't many quilting fabrics I did love, and omg it was so amazing to find more and more of them. So maybe this whole consumer cycle thing is not so bad.
- Yes, I put a lot of time and effort into my blog. But I don't have sponsors right now, and I still write my blog. If I didn't get any sponsors, I would still keep making stuff and blogging about it. Does this mean I shouldn't seek out sponsorships?
- The deals behind blog sponsorships seem to be a bit hush-hush. I mean, that's fair enough, it's commercially sensitive information. The thing is, normally I'd have some kind of a benchmark for deciding whether an offer is fair. For this? Nil, nada, zilch.
|I think the cat's out of the bag...|
I feel like I'm really laying my cards out on the table with this post. In one sense it does make me feel pretty vulnerable, but in another way its a bit of protection for me - if a sponsor is willing to partner up with me after this, they must be a good egg.
|Let's keep it friendly even if we don't agree.|