I’ve been blogging now for just over a year and only really started this blog as part of my job seeking journey and a place to vent my feelings. I really didn’t ever expect to be working with brands such as George at Asda, Travelodge and over 40 different Beauty brands! To have achieved that in a year seems pretty insane, but seeing as this was not my intention initially to work with brands it’s come as a massive learning curve.
I got into reviewing products after E45 contacted me direct asking if I would like to review and giveaway some of their products on my blog. I literally couldn’t believe I was being asked! Me? Why did they want to work with me? I felt unbelievably thrilled to have been asked and this started my interest in reviewing products.
After that I started to trawl websites such as Bloggers Required, Bloggers Hangout and Twitter to find products to review. The brands were super easy to get in touch with and actually wanted to work with me! I was amazed.
Fast forward to now.
I get emails daily asking me to review products and if I’m genuinely interested I will accept. I would never review something I thought had no relevance to myself or my blog. Recently though the emails have started to get a bit more demanding. I’ve had emails asking me to review a product within a day of receiving it! Now that’s above and beyond for someone who does this as a job let alone someone who does it as a little side project. It got me thinking into what realistically people should expect from a Blogger who doesn’t do this as their job.
A lot of the bloggers I know run their blog, very successfully might I add, alongside their full time job! These ladies are literally Superwoman! I am unbelievably lucky that I have the time to run this alongside a part time job.
What is a reasonable time to expect a review by? I’ve left some reviews go 3-4 weeks as I’ve had to photograph and thoroughly test the product before writing my review and I don’t think that’s an unacceptable amount of time for a brand to wait. I’m not being paid to write the review so I’m not obliged to do it at all let alone in a set period of time. It does frustrate me sometimes when I receive an email stating when they want the review by and to email them my blog stats before they’ve even asked if I’d be interested in the product at all.
So do Brands expect too much of Bloggers? Have you been put in a situation where you feel you have been demanded of too much?
I’d love to hear your responses and kind of use the comment section to chat about this as I’d love to know where other bloggers stand on this.