Blogging Standards: Have you set some for your blog? for yourself as a blogger? Often us bloggers are asked what our goals are, what we hope to accomplish or what niche we fall into, but rarely do we talk about the things we’re willing and UNwilling to do. And now that so many brands have caught on to the power of the blog, the opportunities to “sell out” are endless.
Don’t get me wrong, making money doing something that I love is awesome! Taking sponsored posts or offering ads on your blog doesn’t make anyone a sell out, but compromising your personal or blogging standards might…
There are things you will absolutely NEVER see me write about on my blog. It doesn’t matter how much money is offered… if a product or service goes against my blogging standards, it’s not going to happen. AND because I’ve already decided where I draw the line, sponsored post offers in those areas aren’t even tempting.
If you don’t know what you and your blog stand for, the offer of a post, free product or sponsorship can be very tempting. There are still many companies out there that think they can bend the disclosure “rules” and get away with it… and even more that want to pay you for a back link to their site. And believe me, the money is tempting. But sticking to your guns and holding true to your standards will benefit you greatly in the long run!
Set yours standards, write them down and refuse to compromise! I challenge you to take 5 or 10 minutes right now and write down what your standards are. What you are the things you are UNwilling to compromise on? Why are those things important to you? Place them in a spot that is easy to find… you never know when you’re going to need to need that reminder!
What are some of your blogging standards? What are you unwilling to compromise on?