Although I am not a full-time blogger I am trying to provide my readers with the best possible experience when they visit my blog. For example, I moved from a free WordPress platform that had random advertising, which can be annoying for you a reader and which also did not contribute towards a look & feel I was striving towards, to a self-hosted platform, where I can control what content and how you see it.
As a blogger, the trust of my readers is one of the most important parts of why I am writing and publishing posts. That is why I want to be fully transparent about how I run my blog and the way I work with brands and other providers of products and services.
However, such decisions incur costs that can add up for a hobby blogger.
As a result, I have decided to take on a series of activities that can support the running costs of my blog along with dipping into learning new skills which are not sewing related. They can be collaborations with brands (like sewing pattern companies or fabric shops), as well as participating in various affiliate programmes.
MY PROMISE TO YOU IS THAT I WILL ONLY EVER PROMOTE PRODUCTS/companies THAT ARE RELATED TO THE BLOG’S PROFILE, THAT I PERSONALLY USE OR HAVE TRIED AND WOULD HONESTLY RECOMMEND.
I will also clearly mark all sponsored content with SPONSORED BY, AD and GIFTED, as well as clearly signposting all AFFILIATE links.
This is what they mean in practice:
A brand has compensated me (monetary or in products or services) to write a post, but they had some editorial control (usually asking me to post within certain timelines, use certain hashtags or link to their website, offer a discount or a competition to the readers etc). I will never publish pre-written content.
I may earn a commission if you click through and buy (at no expense to you). Wherever possible I will link to the original product, though I also give alternative suggestions as either text links or linked thumbnails.
A brand has sent me a product to review, in the hope that I will try it and post about it on the blog, without any other requirements or conditions. I may or may not write about that product, but if I do, it will be entirely my decision. I will always offer my unbiased opinion.
A brand has compensated me (monetary or in products or services) to write content, but I had complete editorial control (what I write, when I publish, where and if I promote the post). For example, if there are links to the brand’s website, I chose if I added them or not.
I appreciate each and every one of you taking the time to visit my blog! If you have any questions or queries on any of the above, I do my best to answer them as transparently as possible. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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