As style and fashion bloggers have we become walking commercials?
How invasive do you find marketing today?
I was trying to access my emails in Yahoo and honestly couldn’t because I had the most annoying woman in the corner of my screen rubbing what appears to be a plastic face mask repeatedly all over her face like a crazed robot.
It bothered me so much I had to leave my email screen. When I went back Oprah was there wiping her nose and crying and then Ellen was there reacting to something that she seemed terribly ashamed about.
Ad placements in my email drive me crazy.
Especially moving ads. I find them very annoying.
And yes, I know I’m a bit of a hypocrite because I do have ads on my blog, however I very specifically requested that no moving ads be placed on my blog.
It is hard trying to walk the fine line between trying to make a bit of money from the blog and keeping my personal morals in tact. Sometimes I feel like a walking commercial. Especially when I link to products. I get a very small amount of money from those links, but I’m still promoting consumerism and often that can make my conscious feel heavy.
I’m getting very pumped about it…even more so now that I’ve just added some brief bios and photos for some of the attendees. This is a wildly diversified eclectic bunch coming from as far away as Singapore! It is going to be a blast!
We have been offered some sponsorship opportunities for the meet-up. The three of us are avid thrifters. We aren’t your “normal” commercial bloggers. In fact I think each of us is in our own way, is trying to some degree, to be environmentally conscious and not promote over consumption/fast fashion. It isn’t always easy trying to balance what is right and what is an opportunity though. Everyone deserves a chance to make some money and score some freebies, especially when you put so much effort and time into blogging.
In the end we chose decline sponsorship because it didn’t feel authentic or reflect the ideals behind the meet-up. Instead there will be a clothing swap which will hopefully divert some waste from our landfills. It’s a small step, but in what we feel is the right direction.
I plan on asking attendees what they think of sponsorships/goodie bags. If this should become an annual event we will be better informed.
How do you deal with trying to be environmentally conscious and blogging? Do you find it challenging?