Monday, September 23, 2013

And if you believe that, I have some land in Florida to sell you...

Second post of the day


This one is prompted by money. Well, not so much money as advertisements.

I read a lot of blogs. Some are weight loss, some are "healthy lifestyle", exercise related, diet related, mish-mash of everything related. Hello, I even follow one particular make-up blog that I love. When I first started reading blogs and blogging myself, I had NO idea that you could possibly make money off of a blog. I just didn’t get it. I figured the “ads” (if I even noticed them) in the side-bar of someone’s blog were for something they just really believed in.

I know, I know – naive.

So when these bloggers were going on trips? Tagging fancy restaurants and touting the next most awesome product – I thought, “Wow, they are so lucky to be able to afford trips like that” and “This (insert product name here) must be great, (insert blogger name here) is talking about it a TON!”

I know, I know…

So, yes, I became disenchanted when I started realizing that people were getting this stuff for free in exchange to say nice things about the products to their many readers. I really didn’t even mind it ALL that much… however, when the product has nothing really to do with the blog at all (maxi-pads, for example) then, well… I have to laugh. And then un-friend the blogger. Not that they will miss me from their hoards of other followers. Meh.

So, now it comes down to the real reason for this post. I don’t hock product. If I mention something it’s because I tried it, loved/hated it and want to let you all know about it. That’s it.

Read my (newly) revised blog sub-title, and you will see I am resisting the diet dogma out there. I don’t think there is “one” plan for everyone, but I DO think there is “A” plan for everyone to become their best, strongest, healthiest, happiest self. Please notice I didn’t say their “smallest, or slimmest” self.

That’s all. Back to work and sneaking in a little studying before class.


  1. Okay, don't know you well at all, but I love you. Don't get me wrong, I understand people trying to make money anywhere they can. But, like you, I gravitate AWAY from bloggers who do so. I'm here for the sense of community, the comraderie, the support. Not to read hawking for one product or another. I, too, stop following bloggers for whom that has become their thang. Thanks for putting it out there! :)

  2. I personally am thinking about doing a product giveaway--but only if I can be happy doing it. I have already rejected products that companies have offered me. I know of a blogger who did an entire blog post on white buns--something I could NEVER do.

    But if it was something nice--I've won a few blog giveaways, and they were nice products--including hummus coupons and a ceramic coffee mug. It was fun and I don't think the blogger sold her values (nor made money) over it either. :D

    1. Marion - I couldn't agree more. I mean, if it was for something that I truly love and use and feel good about promoting to others - bring it on. But seriously, white buns? Maxi pads? Barely edible food-like products? Juice fasts? Noooooo thanks.