I have started to get quite a few emails from PR companies wanting me to feature products and reviews on my blog. It probably has something to do with my inclusion in the Tots100 Top UK Parents Blogs and I admit it's flattering to be asked. But it's also raised a lot of questions for me.
The most straightforward reason that I've not agreed to review anything is because what I've been approached about just doesn't fit. This blog is a bit of a strange beast, I would consider it a crafting blog before a parenting blog, with geekery and humour thrown in. And PRs aren't approaching me about notions or fabric (but they should, clearly), it's children's products or services. And seeing that my children show up mostly as models or angst-bearers, unless the PR companies are offering me a magic wand, high protein Ryvitas or a straightjacket, it's unlikely to fit into this blog.
And here's the other reason why I've decided not to do product reviews. Last week I saw a glowing review on a blog I read and it piqued my interest. I thought it might help us in our sleep battles with Jamie, which unfortunately have recommenced after months of improvement. I was excited about the product and pointed it out to Steven. But when I went a site to buy it, it had terrible reviews, from impartial people who had bought it and were dissatisfied. And that was a clincher for me, I'm not sure I could be impartial about things that were given to me. I'm not questioning this blogger's integrity, she probably had a good experience with the product. I'm talking just about me.
I normally over-research products because I like to see the bigger picture, to be certain of things before committing. I look on one site, I look on another, I ask people, I do more research. It's one of my more
So what does everyone else think about sponsored posts? Is there a place for them within blogs? Or within separate, reviews-only blogs? Do they alienate you? Are they ever objective? Do you trust them?