Pin It There is something bugging me about blogging, especially when it comes to beauty. I have been blogging for a good 2 1/2 years and coming close to 3 which is unbelievable for me. I thought this blog would have certainly died at the age of 1 1/2.
I guess what has been bugging me is me not having balls, after all I am a girly girl. Well, what I actually mean is I know some bloggers contact companies to review their products. I remember one blogger contacted a company and demanded a list of products. (Those of you on Twitter know about this. ) And, what a list it was! Me, I have never done this.
I have never contacted a company to obtain products to review. First of all, I know they look at the number of followers. I took that widget down because I just hated the "I-will-follow-you-if-you-follow-me" bit. I felt like I was in elementary school. I follow blogs because I want to and some take a while for me to follow because honestly with the real world in the way, I forget to follow. I can tell you for the amount of time I have been blogging, my followers ratio is disproportionate. Yeah, I have a low following and I can say it is my fault. My fault for not having giveaways as much as other blogs. Then, I think why do I want to gather followers on giveaways? I am not saying there is anything wrong with it. I did a post on this and you can read it here. And, I did do a major giveaway of eyeshadows shown in this post. I just never plan my giveaways to any specific time like blogversaries, holidays, number of followers, etc.
This being said, I do have a statcounter at the bottom of the blog that anyone can peek at and you will see that I am not drawing in a big crowd yet I have a steady crowd daily. And, a steady but small crowd for Into the Palette which spikes slightly on weekends. I am assuming everyone is taking time to practice on the weekends. :-)
I also have subscribers via email and RSS, steady crowd again not big and not small. I know for some it may be tedious to not have the full post to read but I am doing that for content protection. With all the Splogs and content thieving going around, I like to have some control.
Another thing, I just use the free template for blogger. I don't have some tech person whip up some template for me with some SEO code embedded for larger traffic. What I get is normal traffic from search engines, links from other blogs and sometimes weird searches like "silicone sex dolls" which I have no information on!!!
For the stuff I have received to review, some were received via the luck of the search engine. I kind of feel like the blog on a Craps table in Vegas! Or some nice bloggers (you know who you are and I thank you deeply) who suggest my blog to companies. I have clearly stated I have received these products in the posts. I also try to objectively review these products. I also try to focus on their uniqueness of these products which sometimes can be hard when there are others similar to them. Like a person every product does have something different.
Now, what I would like to know for you readers and especially for you non-bloggers. Do you think contacting a company for PR samples is a good thing? Can an objective review be written if this is done? Is the moon made out of cheese? These are just a few questions rumbling in my head. Please, comment below because this blog needs some love!