Do Brands Expect Too Much of Bloggers

Do Brands Expect Too Much of Bloggers

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.

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6 Comments

  1. November 7, 2015 / 12:17 am

    I'm fairly new to the whole blogging game so I haven't yet been pressured by any brands, but I do think sometimes brands need to realise that not everyone is doing this as their full time job! I guess the circumstances are different for everyone though and if a brand wants a review on a product in less than a day, maybe they're not the brand to work with.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  2. November 7, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I do think some brands have unrealistic expectations when it comes to reviews. I work full time and when you factor in the day to day stuff you have to do too (you know, boring but essential stuff like housework) as well as having time off for yourself it really doesn't leave much time. It has taken me several weeks to post a review in the past but I always try and let the brands know when I will be likely to post before accepting an invitation and they're usually fine. I do envy the full time bloggers who can turn things round much more quickly, I never seem to have enough hours in the day!

  3. November 8, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Definitely think that some brands expect too much. One thing I hate is when a brand sends you something for consideration and they keep bugging you about when you'll post about it… Please hahah

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  4. November 26, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Is there any site similar to the bloggers hangout that ships anywhere in Europe? <3

  5. November 28, 2015 / 9:17 am

    I've just had my first company approach me to collaborate with them. I get what you mean about the whole "you want to work with me?!" thing. I felt like replying and saying "you do know I'm not a serious blogger lol?". But as I've bought from the company before and had good interactions with them I'm happy about working together on this. One of my first questions was is there anything I need to know before we go ahead.
    Rowena x

  6. November 28, 2015 / 9:18 am

    I've just had my first company approach me to collaborate with them. I get what you mean about the whole "you want to work with me?!" thing. I felt like replying and saying "you do know I'm not a serious blogger lol?". But as I've bought from the company before and had good interactions with them I'm happy about working together on this. One of my first questions was is there anything I need to know before we go ahead.
    Rowena x

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