Every once in a while, I get emails from folks requesting me to write a sponsored post or review featuring their product or service. Among other things, I’ve been asked to promote a feminine hygiene spray and a couple of visa procurement agencies. When I do receive such feelers, I couldn’t help but feel flattered, as my blog traffic is average at best. In the end, though, I never take them up on any of their offers, nor have I been tempted to do so. All views expressed on this site remain my own.
I don’t begrudge bloggers who do write sponsored articles, but it’s just not for me. This site has always been a hobby, and I don’t plan on turning it into a career anytime soon. I don’t post too often — in the seven years since I started blogging, I’ve only published around eighty posts, which averages to less than one per month. I want this blog to remain as a fun writing exercise, and not something I’m obliged to do for compensation.
I do monetize the site through Google AdSense and some affiliate links, but it’s only to pay for web hosting and domain name fees. The site pays for itself thanks to this ad revenue, with a little extra left over. Not too shabby for a sporadic hobby.
Besides, I personally just don’t like sponsored posts. Many bloggers, especially here in the Philippines, don’t disclose on their posts that they’re being paid for the promotion. Still, I can easily spot them from a mile away — they’re just way too obvious. They definitely lower a blog’s credibility for me, as it makes me question if the writer is being completely honest in his or her opinions.
Would I change my mind if it’s a product or service that I truly like? Probably not. I mean, I like to buy, say, Tisyu coreless tissue for the bathroom, but I’m not about to write a lengthy ode to this particular brand of toilet paper in exchange for cash.
I’ll never be a brand ambassador, and that’s perfectly fine with me. I just want to write about whatever I want, whenever I want. Here’s to more years of sponsorship-free sporadic blogging.