In the last 2 days, twitter has exploded with tweets all over the world about the passing of MJ and SF. If you are a twitter-er, you would probably know what I mean. News travel extremely fast on twitter and I was just stunned by both news the moment I saw the tweets (before official news were released in the media). Many bloggers have since written tributes and memories, and pictures of the 2 stars and wished them RIP. Some even took a hiatus to mourne, as they are big fans of the stars. I wouldn’t bore you with more writing on this, but it was a sad day for me too, and I wanted to shout it out.
Another hot topic on twitter among bloggers was the article written by Total Beauty’s CEO regarding the relationship between bloggers and companies who are looking for product reviewers. It sensitively touched blogging ethics and the pride in blogging of many bloggers, and their dignity too. Robyn at Purely Cosmetics has one of the best written post about the issue – Blogger Product Review Uproar, and the follow-up TotalBeauty Saga Continues. Total Beauty, in trying to promote their new incentive, has failed to support bloggers that have been supporting it. I’m not with Total Beauty, as I’m new to blogging, but I do have an opinion in what it said in the article.
Note: I will not link Total Beauty on this post, as I refuse to give it traffic. Please google if you want to know about the website. The article of the CEO is linked in Robyn’s post, so you have all you need in that post. She also linked other bloggers’ posts for the same matter, so indulge yourself with more fun reading, if you wish to, to understand bloggers a little more and know where they came from. The second post has the video response of the CEO after the huge reaction of blogging world to his article.
This reminds me of one of the most important things about blogging. You put your heart (and opinions) out there when you write on your personal blog, and you have readers who appreciate it. Although, the question that always gets asked was whether the bloggers received any compensation to put in good words for certain products that they review. I have to tell you, for about a year reading tons and tons of beauty blogs, I have seen cases where one product received mixed reviews by different bloggers. There’s so much into what works (or doesn’t work) for you, as we, as individuals, are so different in every way. Also, bloggers don’t always receive products to review for free. I guess if you have a great blog and large base of followers, companies will start looking for you. But me, with a one-month old blog, and 8 followers (thanks guys, love you), I review what I bought and loved (or didn’t love). And I won’t lie about it.
So feel free to stick with me for more honest reviews and fun hauls. Thanks for stopping by.