This week my credibility came under fire from someone online, asking why I was conversing with a company I planned to feature on my blog… Without knowing anything about the situation, this person jumped to the conclusion that I was blogging about places with the intention of receiving no bill at the end of a meal or for better customer service. Normally, I turn up, take photos, ask a few questions and write my blog. This has been the case for every single blog post I’ve written. In this situation, I was meant to attend the opening night of a venue and hadn’t been able to go, so had publicly tweeted asking if an email had been received, and so it began…
I’d like to set the record straight. I do not blog for free meal tickets. Since I started this in April, I have paid for everything featured on my blog (with the exception of the Paint Work Shop at Penny Pieces, which I disclosed, and the opening of Harwood Health & Spa which I was invited to). I blog because I love writing, I love photography and I LOVE finding new places to eat/drink coffee/spend time with friends. I’d been thinking about it for a long time, but having received the camera of my dreams (Nikon D3200), it felt like the right time to start.
None of the bloggers I have spoken to are in it for ‘free stuff’ so I felt quite offended that someone would think this of me. I would always disclose if I’d received something for free, or if a company had asked me to feature them… but it’s always been the other way around. I’ve spent a lot of money and time (which I am not complaining about btw, I’ve done it because I wanted to) and I’m very proud of my blog, so it felt extremely personal when it was implied that I was being dishonest.
I’ve always loved photography and the first blog I ever read was “I Keep a Diary” – a photo diary of Brian Battjer’s life. I started my blog in April 2014 and really wanted to focus on the photography – which is why I took a 6 week digital photography course in June. I can clearly see how my photography skills have improved since I started blogging, how my writing is flowing better than ever and on top of all that I really look forward to discovering new places or just writing about places I already love. I also love the connections you make with other bloggers, I’m going to my first meet-up in a few weeks time which I am super duper excited about!
The moral of this story – even though it’s almost impossible… don’t take what someone says to you on the internet, to heart. What matters to me is that my friends (IRL and online), family and blog followers know that I’m an honest, credible blogger.
Have you had to encounter anything like this? I’d love to hear about it and how you dealt with it. 🙂
(I can’t believe there are no photos in this post…)