Excuse my rant, but I have to get this off my chest. This post is a polite reply to all the many emails I get from brands and PRs trying to get me to provide some form of free advertisement. I DON’T WORK FOR FREE.
Fashion and Style Police is my baby, I dedicate a lot of my time and money to keep it running, I won’t provide any sort of advertising on my blog in exchange for retweets, shout-outs or exposure, I am going to need other forms of compensation. I am unable to pay my bills with retweets or social media shout-outs unfortunately. Would you go to the grocery shop and offer the store manager retweets to get your weekly shopping? Will you offer your nanny exposure for her work? I bet your answer is a big fat No. So why offer me that?
I spend hours every week, writing and scheduling posts in advance, only for me to keep receiving annoying emails from brands/PRs, trying to get me to do more work, that will benefit them more than it would benefit me, for free. I know many bloggers work for free, or for peanuts but I am not one of those bloggers. Working for free tells a lie about what you are worth. I know what I am worth, and I know what you are worth so let’s keep it real. I refuse to devalue myself and my blog. I am happy to help small and upcoming brands, but when the luxury brands tell me they have no budget, that really gets to me. I wonder if they would work for free.
Rant over, back to work.