I recently read a blog post shared on the UK Fitness Bloggers FB group that made me really sad. It was an article basically slating Mummy Blogs, but the implications run far wider than just ‘Mummy blogs’.
It suggested a few things;
- No one is reading blogs because they’re boring
- All blogs are fake
- All bloggers can be bought for the right price
- Blogger reviews can’t be trusted
- Blogging is a waste of time and we should just quit
Now, while I did agree with some of the points in the post, some of them really irked me. For me, it was points two, three and four that upset me most.
I try my hardest to be completely honest on both my blog and social media – it’s the reason why I’ve been so open about my anxiety, the fact that my Dietetics course isn’t quite as great as I thought it would be, and share the ups and downs of our life.
As far as being ‘bought’? Well this is unfortunately true for some. Many people think that blogging is an easy way of getting freebies and paid to fanny around on a laptop. And in most cases this is just not true. I blogged for three years before I made ANY money on this blog, it actually cost me money to run it. I paid for the hosting, the design, online courses, justified buying a new camera etc, and all the time I wasn’t making any income from it. I wrote my blog before work, during my lunch breaks, and late into the night. I pissed my boyfriend and family off by constantly hiding behind a computer screen and asking to have my pic taken, I was made fun of my friends for ‘blogging’.
It’s been a long road to grow this blog, and its fab that it’s paying off. I do now make some money (although not enough that means I don’t have to work alongside blogging and studying) but I value my authenticity, my readers and my own beliefs enough that I won’t say yes to just anything. I’ve said no to plenty of paid ‘partnerships’ (diet pills will always be a NO from me), and even returned the money when I wasn’t allowed to express my opinion openly.
I want to retain your trust, so that when I say a product/race/workout is good or bad, you’ll believe me. I never agree to post something until I’ve tried it, and even then, it will be honest. My opinion cannot be bought.
In fact one of my most read blog posts ever is my less than glowing report of the Adidas Pure Boost X running shoes.
Josi Denise claimed that ‘this sort of s**t doesn’t happen in traditional journalism’ however I’m afraid it does. Magazines are decreasing in circulation and profit, and rely on advertising to continue – there is definitely a preference for product placement of advertisers both in reviews, round-ups and ‘favourites’ pages.
Please don’t lose faith in your favourite bloggers. I know I’m not the only one who always tries to provide interesting and honest content, there are plenty of trustworthy bloggers that I read on a regular basis. Sadly there are also plenty that I’ve stopped reading – be discerning, it’s easy to see those that are doing for the money and those that aren’t.
My pet peeves are when I see a blogger promoting something that is so irrelevant to their blog niche, or something that I know they were paid to write about but they aren’t open about that (or they are really shady about disclosing it). I’m also not a fan of boring blog posts rabbiting on about the product or snapchat ‘show off’ parcel unwrapping – but I think that’s another story for another time.
I am quite opinionated when it comes to food choices and diets. In particular, I’m very disparaging about low fat products. Mostly because I think they don’t taste as good as the full fat product, and they usually replace the fat with sugar – arguably worse for your body and your waistline! (side note: I cannot wait to have my degree so that I can talk knowledgeably and scientifically about all the fad diets out there!)
When I was invited to try the new Light & Free 0% fat yogurts from Danone, my first response was ‘no thanks’. Even when they were offering me compensation for my attendance. Despite my reservations when it comes to low fat yogurt, I read further into the press release and discovered that there’s also 0% added sugar in the product. So I tried to reserve my judgements until I actually tasted the ‘Light and Free’ yogurts and scrutinised the ingredients list.
The event was at Frame in Shoreditch, a studio that I love, taking a trampolining class which helped convince me that it was just the revision break that I needed. We were there to workout, see the launch of TV ad, oh and obviously try the new yogurts.
One of the kids that I look after told me after eating one of the yogurts ‘with 0% fat and 0% sugar, I thought it would be gross, but it’s actually really good.’ You and me both, kid.
As a 17 year old boy, Fred was kind of annoyed about that (salami is his usual food of choice), but has since eaten all of my blueberry & cherry flavours (I snuck out of the event with my bag packed full of samples)! They are now the go-to revision snack for the kids on Tuesday & Thursdays when I look after the family. I’m rather protective of the raspberry & strawberry versions, and of my colourful felt tips (all four of us are in the middle of exams at the moment)!
I have to admit, I could taste a slight artificial aftertaste flavour, although I’ve now got used to that. I think I’m probably more sensitive to it as I usually only eat natural Greek yogurt – none of the kids could taste it.
And although I don’t count cals, at only 61 calories per pot, I can enjoy a yogurt alongside my fave Proper Corn Sweet & Salty and a cup of tea. Revising makes me hungry/bored! The yogurts are currently half price for the launch – pop some in your basket on your next shopping trip, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Full disclosure, I was paid for attending the event but as I hope you have established from this post, my opinion cannot be bought. I will always be open and honest with you, my readers and won’t ever accept money for a review. Thank you so much for your support! X