Eight Things I Won't Do As A Blogger

Eight Things I Won’t Do As A Blogger

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I have been a blogger for almost 6 years now. I don’t count myself in the top realm of bloggers that pull in thousands of dollars per post on their sites and social media, but I do make quite a bit off of my brand. A brand that encompasses both social media and this blog. I have made a ton of cringe worthy mistakes along the way, because it’s not like there is a rule book for bloggers and since blogging is a pretty personal thing I am not sure any one set of rules really would work.

I work hard as a blogger and just like any one who takes their job seriously, I take blogging seriously. So much so that I am very exacting in what I will and won’t do as a blogger. This is important since it is my name and no one elses’s on the line. One bad tweet and I could become persona non grata for all of my clients. Crappy blog posts that are just sales pieces, will lose my audience in a minute. So as a blogger, every day I walk a fine line. It’s kind of an interesting world to be in.

Anyways, here are 8 things I will not do as a blogger. If you are a blogger maybe my list matches your own. If you are a reader over here, thank you, and know that I am genuinely legit in everything I try to do as a blogger.

Here are 8 things I won't do as a #blogger.

I Don’t Work Just For Free Product

Ugh, I get about a million emails per week that sound like this, “Hello JENerally Informed. We love your blog! We want to see if you would be willing to try our world renowned anti- diarrhea medicine? All we ask is that you post about it on your blog, share across social media …. blah- blah- blah….”

I actually haven’t ever been approached about blogging for anti- diarrhea medicine, but almost. Anyways, no matter how great you think your product is, this girl does not work for free. And asking me basically to do that is insulting.

If I Don’t Like It, I Don’t Blog About It

I research every request for a sponsored post very thoroughly.  If a company contacts me to do one, I first look at their site and product. If I think it’s crap, I pass. End of story.

Guest Posts, meh…

I get tons of requests to guest post here on JENerally Informed and not that I don’t like guest posts, but if I have no idea who you are, there is no way I am letting you guest post on my blog. The hopeful author usually includes the promise in their email pitch that they will write an “engaging post that is of interest to my readers.” I’m always like, hmm, what do you think I try to do as a blogger? Write posts that bore my audience to death?

So, nope unless I know and like you or if you pay me, I am not letting you guest post over here.

Pose Naked

Um, this isn’t a problem right? Because, it will never, ever happen. The world wouldn’t recover…..

Steal Another Blogger’s Stuff

This makes me so mad. Every recipe, blog post and whatever that is created here and then shared on social media has been concocted in my head. I take great pains to try and add original touches into my recipes, and to see them ripped off by other bloggers and turned into their own is horrible. Mark my words there is a special place in plagiarism hell for people like that.

Fake It

I am not good at lying. I get all twitchy and so the thought of attempting to write a 1,000+ word post about something I just don’t believe in is not something I can do. Other bloggers might be able to, but I can’t.

I Don’t Underestimate My Value

I have worked hard over the past 5 years to get to this point. There have been tears, long nights spent on the computer trying to understand new blogging apps, finish updates and so much more. So if a company contacts me and wants me to be overjoyed to have the privilege to work for them for peanuts, I am like NO. My time and my blog is worth a heck of  lot more than that. This recently happened. The almost client wouldn’t budge on their price and I walked. And actually it was all good, because 3 more jobs came in one after the other and if I had been working on that really poor paying job, I would have been totally stressed. Ah, sweet karma. It can be a beautiful thing when it works your way.

I Will Never Bad Mouth Another Blogger

Nobody likes to be the lackey for a jerk and I know that my blog would suffer if I did this over here. So I don’t. Plus life is short and hard, I prefer to celebrate the good whenever possible.

So don’t go there. Don’t do it. If you don’t like what a blogger is saying, just step away from the computer and like the technology savvy adult that you are, unfollow them on social media. See all better.

Here are 8 things I won't do as a #blogger.




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  1. Haha! I have worked for just product, but I do it A LOT less often in more recent days. I have to actually want the product, like REALLY want the product and I it has to be of a considerable value to me. If those to things pan out, I’ll think about it.

    Love this list. Now I kind of wish I thought to write a post like this . But don’t worry, I won’t! Tee hehe he!
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      I agree, there are some products in the past where I felt it was worth it just receive and blog about, but there are so many apps and such I just can’t imagine making my time worth the effort!

      Ha-ha go for it girl, I bet your list might have some new creations of your own!
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  2. Thank you for this post. I’m pretty new to blogging and I’ve been pondering whether I should do guest posts and do product reviews after being approached a few times. I appreciate hearing the viewpoint of a seasoned veteran blogger.

  3. I like the last one the very best. I know a blogger that nailed me to the wall because I wouldn’t do something she wanted me to do. She was the expert you know. She was a bully. I dumped her like a bad habit. She’s still out there and I’m guessing she’s just as miserable.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. I think your blog rocks. ☺
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  4. As a blogger that is trying to expand my network and monetize my blog after five years, I really enjoyed this post. I’ve been researching, reading and trying to get everything just right, so I can reach out to sponsors, expand my brand, and create the blog I’ve always desired. I’m taking all of your “don’t” into consideration along this journey. Thanks for sharing.

  5. YES! You tell ’em, Jen! Recently a company that I turned down b/c they couldn’t pay my price actually emailed me that they get a new budget in January and will work with me then for my actual asking price. Sweet. I love your blog rules. I have learned so much from you. I was kind of panicking on the the people asking to guest post thing, and when I asked your advice and you told me your policy, I decided that was my policy too. Tell me, do you just ignore half of these emails b/c I do, and then I have guilt, but not really because there is only so much time.
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      Good for you! I am so excited to watch your blog changes going on right now. If I can feel them and I am excited for you, so I can’t imagine how exciting this time is for you! Hugs and good luck my friend !

      Yes, I ignore them for just that same reason and do it guilt free :)
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      That is a good rule. I tell my kids the same thing about social media. I hope they listen! They better :)

      Thanks Sarah, you really are fantastic and I am so happy we met in this crazy blogging world. You are the real deal.
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  6. This is a great list! I get so many emails in my inbox, too, from companies who just want free promotion. I don’t do many sponsored posts, but payment is a must!

    As for posing nude…yup, agree with you there, too!
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      It’s interesting how there are some big blogs out there that that is all they do and it really isn’t interesting. Yawn worthy really. Yet they keep getting more sponsorships? I do know that the money I receive blogging has helped me up my blogging game and make my blog better, so it really is a fine line.
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  7. Great post! I think it’s important to stay as positive as you can when blogging, and by that, I mean not putting down other bloggers. I try and focus on what I believe in – it might not always be happy/happy but I’m being honest. At the same time, I’m always trying to make sure that I’m posting what I want but what is also of interest to readers!

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  8. Yes. Yes. Amen. Cheers! The only one I’m bad at is this:
    I Don’t Underestimate My Value
    I think I do. I’m trying not to. As for not being able to fake it, I think it’s hopefully evident because my posts always take WAY longer than I expect, because they have to be a certain way.
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      Haha, nope you are definitely not a faker. That’s good, because fakers are no fun and your blog is a lot of fun! If it were up to me, all of my talented blogging buddies would get insane contracts that would keep us funded and rolling forever :)
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  9. I so agree with all of this! I get tons of those emails too. When I reply back with my fee, I’m usually ignored or told I’m being silly. Um?

    I don’t have guest posters on my blog either. It’s just not my thing. I could never steal stuff either. That’s just all sorts of wrong.
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  10. I have only been blogging for a few months and I am starting to adopt some of these same principals. I stopped working for product and only take reviews that I can work into my blog seamlessly and actually use. For instance I am doing a review on a food scale soon- cause I have no freaking stop button when I eat and my ass is out of control!

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  11. This is helpful for the upcoming bloggers. Frankly, as a washed-up nobody blogger, I’ve got different rules. I might work for free product if it’s something I’m interested in. No one is banging down my door offering sponsored posts so I’m not terribly offended by doing a review in exchange for a product.

    But those terrible robo-emails about guest posting are just that — terrible. Especially the ones that don’t know my name or don’t see my clear “No guest posting” policy on one of my pages, LOL.
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      I even wonder how many people respond to those robo emails? I just hit delete. Oh, and you are way not a washed up, nobody blogger. You are freaking awesome, so go for the products you want!
      Jen recently posted…Kidfresh Meal IdeasMy Profile

  12. I think you do a fabulous job staying true and honest in this online space, Jen. Isn’t it amazing the people who email with some request who obviously have never read your blog? I get those too. It’s so frustrating, especially when they say “I think this would be a great fit for your readers.” Insulting my intelligence is the worst way to get me to work with you :). I agree with all of your points here and you continue to nail it as a blogger, my friend!
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      Amen! I got one yesterday for an app that I wasn’t even interested in and I was like how would my audience like this? Thank you and back at you. You are one awesome blogger!
      Jen recently posted…Kidfresh Meal IdeasMy Profile

  13. This is a great post, thank you so much for sharing your blogging wisdom! I have been linking up with you for a bit over a month and I really appreciate everything you do a write! #happynowlinkup

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      Thank you :) Hard fought, full on palm to the forehead moments for sure. If I can spare you and others those same moments, then it is a win for sure!
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  14. Thank you for the great tips! I took a break for a couple of years and back now and it’s almost overwhelming sometimes how it’s changed even just in a couple of years.

    I have this one lady who continuously emails me to guest post on my blog and I’m like…I don’t know you? I love helping others, but generally because we know each other. Weird.

    I’ve found the blogging community to be so supportive of each others writings, that it does always jar me a bit when I remember there are some that are not. Unfollowing (shutting that up) them is the best advice. =) #happynowlinkup
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      It feels like it changes overnight and then the fads that you have to decide whether they are fads or not or if you should get on board. Overwhelming sometimes!

      You are doing a great job, good luck my friend and please reach out to me if you need anything. Even just to commiserate with someone when it all goes crazy :)
      Jen recently posted…Kidfresh Meal IdeasMy Profile

  15. I think you have a couple of very good points here! I think in the uk, it’s very different regarding working for free. Generally, you are not paid for reviews but you keep the products. I always try to hold a giveaway so that at least my readers get something out of it . so good to be back on #happynowlinkup this week x

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      Glad you could join us this week! Across countries, things probably do vary greatly. I just know that I have zero time already and it takes a few hours of time I don’t have to write a post and do it well. So unless I am getting paid, it’s not worth the time to me.
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  16. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us Jen. As a new blogger it’s really appreciated. I particularly like the last piece of advice, not just for blogging, but for life generally #happynowbloglinkup x
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  17. I’m on the beginning of my blogging journey so I posts like yours are very important for me because I can learn a lot:) to be honest I don’t know any blogger who is talking bad about another blogger

  18. I appreciate your shedding light on your blogging don’ts. I’ve been at this for a few months and, while I now feel very comfortable with my content, I must admit to being overwhelmed with cultivating business.

    I refuse to pimp myself out. My thought is to begin by approaching businesses myself – ones that have products I already use and like. But I don’t want my “baby” to become a platform for commercials, nor do I want to insult my readers by “sneaking in” an ad.

    So my questions are these:
    1. At what point should I begin approaching companies? How many views/subscribers/followers should I have before my site would be deemed attractive?

    2. If (no, WHEN) I begin doing business with a brand, how should I incorporate it in to my blog to remain a non-whore?

    Please do not feel obligated at all to stop everything you are doing to respond to my queries! I just felt it would be a bad idea not to seize the opportunity to ask. :-)

    Thanks as always for the useful information, Jen. It is much appreciated!

    1. It took me over a year to make money. This was after I had established my brand, my voice and my blog in general. At that point I joined several blogging groups and started applying for jobs; SITS girls, Social Fabric, Mom It Forward and Linquia. All of which helped me launch my first sponsored posts. Now I also directly solicit brands I want to work with and sometimes they contact me. That is fun!

      As far as pages views, that isn’t the all important factor. Your social media reach tends to be more looked at as well as your results. I know some bigger blogs that just don’t show results and brands don’t like that.

      I never feel ashamed of doing sponsored posts or putting ads on my blog. My readers know if they want me to stick around they had better go ahead and deal, because without that my blog would sink. Thus why it is important to me to only accept products and companies I can get on board with! Don’t forget that sponsored posts, can be a lot about you and also be interesting and not just a sales piece. I try to also fill the time in between sponsored posts with interesting material that I know my readers will like.

      So now that my thesis is done here, hopefully some of this helped :)
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  19. And this is why you are so great! I have learned my lesson on writing an unsponsored post. I was fooled twice but never again. I felt so honored to be contacted the first time and was so excited about writing the post it didn’t dawn on me. Then, I did it again and realized after I committed that I was being taken advantage of. I have since turned down other offers. The last one just last week. i responded to them with a statement that I couldn’t tell from their email if this was a sponsored post and asked what complimentary items were being offered. They sent me to a page that anyone could go to with a percentage off code…NOT! I politely declined.
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  20. I love this! It’s great that you know your worth and success and I really hope I may be as great at this whole blogging thing as you haha :) #HappyNow
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  21. Hi Jen, an excellent list to stand by and the reason you are such a good blogger. I have recently been approached by people wanting to publish posts on my blog for their own benefit, it made me think long and hard about what I want as a blogger. One of the main things is that my blog only reflects my opinions and that I am honest about what I write. Part of being a blogger is standing by what we believe in, not losing our voice and not allowing ‘brands’ to take the mic.

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  22. Jen, I am with you!

    Sticking to the “topic I love” then “topics people love”; I write on “topic I love” to write about and write more and more.

    Once was the time I kept writing on the topics that people would love to hear about .. With that, I was not satisfied.

    Now been a while I am sticking to my loved topic, not only I am able to write more but also I am getting noticed.

    So, this is what I do.

    And I agree with the guest posting thing but I am not doing so for my own. I hardly turn down the offers (but only accept from the known people.)

    And wow for the free promotion; I am a victim too and thank GOD I did not do anything for them which they asked.

    Too good to read this post! Happy to land here from Klout! :)

    ~ Adeel
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