I’ve not really been on Twitter much of late, I’ve been keeping an eye on it, and trying to keep up with what everyone is up to – I’ve noticed increasingly that more and more bloggers will seemingly sell their souls (well perhaps blogs) for any old toot when it comes to a special occasion.
Mother’s Day and the lead up to it was particularly depressing to watch on Twitter, I got my Mum some flowers and a card. I paid for them with my money, I wasn’t sponsored or asked to write about it, I did it because, well, it’s Mother’s Day and especially at the moment, my Mum needed a smile.
For some of my Blogging chums though, it felt like Mothers Day was an excuse to get some freebies to tweet about, and blog about..
“I got my Mum an XYZ from @SomeRetailer – Read my review – http://iamaprick.net/etc – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY”
It’s depressing that a nice day to celebrate and acknowledge your mother turned into a ‘I got a freebie – I must whorez it on my blog’, I just seems cheap and tacky. It’s not just Mother’s Day, any kind of holiday or celebration are jumped on by PRs and SEOs to shift product – I get offered so much rubbish it makes my head spin. Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc are means for celebration, not to blag a freebie or two.
I’ve already been offered some bits and bobs to push for Fathers Day, including a STUPIDLY expensive pair of gloves. It’s great to be thought about, and heck, I could probably write some bullshit about gloves and then sell them on, but I want to try and keep some integrity, and keep my blog on target. This post here is proof alone that you CAN be honest in reviewing something, it was fun to have a night out and a giggle, but ultimately the show was terrible and I’d have been pissed off if I’d paid for it.
Even the birth of children is a depressing affair in the world of blogging, continual “I got this lovely ABC for my Baby – Thanks so much @SomeOtherCompany”. Half the excitement of having a little one is buying all the bits and bobs, going and having a play with a buggy, musing over a cot, not just waiting for whatever a company will offer you. Even before a baby is born the fishing rods come out, lots of “Wow I’ve just seen QWERTY product from @SomePlaceOnline – I’d love one of them when Baby is born”. Here’s an idea – stop fucking openly begging and BUY one, my bum-hole is almost inverted from the cringing!
Thing is, it’s not even the blatant blogging freeloaders that do it, it’s some of the biggest bloggers going. No special occasion is sacred, if there is a freebie going the blogs are open and ready for a screwing. Are we all that cheap? Are things so bad even the birth of a child is a commercial venture to gain as much free crap as possible?
I know it’s nice to get something for nothing once in a while, but when it starts getting to the point where even special events throughout the year are used to whore practically anything to sell some product, or push a blog, it just feels tacky.
What do you think?