Bloggers Are Not Obligated to Give You Things
Posting this here because I try to limit “blogging about blogging” posts over at the Times Union blog.
Local blogger Albany Jane, whose blog Albany Eats is one of the more popular in a multitude of foodie blogs in the area, recently posted about a $75 gift certificate she received and was going to use to buy a product and review it.
In a humorous manner, she joked that she was being “selfish” and keeping it herself instead of giving it away.
In typical local internet fashion, people faked outrage and tried to lay a guilt trip on her.
Have a giveaway. You have enough kitchen stuff.
1:02 PM, November 19, 2010
At the very least keep that you got the gift card and that you want to keep it to yourself. Just ask for suggestions for a cool new kitchen item. Tacky.
1:03 PM, November 19, 2010
Some bloggers – like Kristi Gustafson at the TU – give lots of stuff away. Know why? Because they get a lot of stuff, but more importantly, that’s literally their job. They’re paid by their company to blog. It’s not being done out of the kindness of their hearts or because their readers are so wonderful.
On the other hand, people who blog as a hobby and/or are self-employed are not obligated to give you things. They already inform, entertain, and/or enlighten with their writings. Generation Free For Me may scoff at the concept, but it should be enough that they’re actually providing you with content for free; a concept that was unheard of until the advent of the internet. Before, you had to buy a newspaper or magazine to get these insights.
This isn’t a “woe is me” post or a call for people to take pity on bloggers. We do this because we enjoy this and accept the shortcomings of it. On the same token, just because bloggers who get paid by a corporation to blog gives things away doesn’t mean all of them do, will, or even should.
We’re not obligated to give you things, and we’re not your parents. So don’t demand something you’re not entitled to and then whine when you don’t get it.