I love to blog hop, I'm actually subscribed to more than 50 blogs (I also have 30+ youtube subscription). I check blog updates in the morning before I even open my work email. But lately, I noticed that most of the blog updates are about events and sponsored products, is it just me or you notice that too?
I used to enjoy blog hopping because in every blog I read, I find useful information and tips. I see DIFFERENT topics. Most of the time, I love reading haul posts because it gives me idea what to buy next, it feels like I'm window shopping.
I missed reading honest reviews and tutorials. I missed hearing your own opinion and views.
I don't mean to offend anyone in this post, I'm just voicing out my thoughts. I'm happy that blogging here in our country, is getting the recognition it deserves. Just an unsolicited reminder from a concerned subscriber/reader, be aware of what's becoming of your blog.
This morning, I saw this from my twitter feeds:
A retweet by MicheleBell21 (Michele1218 of youtube, love her super! She's honest and won't give a positive review in exchange of free stuff! Go find her in youtube and subscribe! You maybe hooked to her videos just like me!), I believe they're referring to the siblings in youtube. I used to like them (the siblings) you know. USED TO. When they started reviewing deodorant and tounge scraper, what the!?! Hahaha. Yes, anyone can review anything. But as youtube gurus, please be selective, right? It's their name at stake. And please make sure it's not obvious it's a paid one, or sponsored. I don't want to name the siblings though, just as I don't want to point out which local blogs I'm referring to.
I know some people will hate me for writing this, but what can I do, it's what I feel. I'm just getting tired of reading PR-provided contents in most blogs. I'm afraid the bloggers' credibility is being compromised (after all you don't want to piss the PR people who gave you those items for review, otherwise you'll find yourself without an invitation in the next event). I'm not saying stop writing about them, I believe, they noticed your blog because of your hard work before. It's just that I miss YOU, you as a blogger, and not you as part of the advertising world.
I'm not a professional blogger. Even if I want to, I can't. I can barely write my thoughts properly, I know I have a lot of grammatical errors in my posts, forgive them please haha. I started this blog because I want to share some good finds to my friends. I want to interact with fellow beauty enthusiasts. I don't have too many friends in real life who love makeups and polishes as much as I do. I tend to bore them with make up and polish talks. In the beauty blogging world, I am normal. Outside of it, I'm not.
Anyway, I'm digressing. To the bloggers out there, please don't let your blog become some sort of a PR extension. I miss reading actual experiences and reviews. I miss seeing unedited photos, I'm not saying I don't edit mine, because I do. I have poor lighting condition in my place, I'm using an old point and shoot digicam. I use Photoscape to brighten my pics, put boarders and labels. That's it. I don't use Photoshop to erase my scars and pimples and claim a certain product helped me achieve a clear skin. Yes, I can tell, and I can say, most of us do. I rest my case.
Bloggers, try to interact with your readers please! Don't ignore us when we comment in your blog! haha! Even Christine of Temptalia.com chats with her readers!