Friday, 12 December 2014

Stop Asking Me to Work for Free

I'm not one for negativity and rant posts on Annie Writes Beauty. I like to keep it a place where I ramble about beauty and generally keep it happy. There's the odd bad review but that's about it. I mentioned in a tweet that I felt like I needed a rant after a couple of emails I had received in the last week. One of which prompted this post.

I started this blog eleven months ago because I needed a hobby. My boyfriend use to work evenings and most weekends, our flat got lonely sometimes so I finally bit the bullet and started my own blog. I had read blogs on and off for years and always looked to them in regards to a new product rather than a big advertising campaign. When starting Annie Writes Beauty I did it for me, if someone else liked it then that was great but it was my creative outlet. 

You always read about new bloggers starting out for the "free shit", now I didn't realise this "free shit" was even a thing until a month or so into blogging. I didn't realise so many companies and prs would look to bloggers for exposure for their products. Over the last year I have worked with some brands that I love and I'm so grateful for that as I continue to work with them. The prs I talk to regularly are also super lovely and I appreciate that so much. It's like chatting to your friends most of the time about new releases and make up. 

What I don't appreciate is people who treat you like you're worth nothing. I don't have a massive following nor do I think I should be handed every opportunity but I do think each and every blogger deserves respect, after all our blogs are our babies. I was recently contacted by a well known brand who doesn't exactly need the extra publicity what with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora loving and wearing their pieces. 

After being told they would send me some images for the post it was pretty obvious they wanted me to do this post having never used the brand let alone seen any of their products in person. I post honest reviews on here, if I don't like a product, I will say so, so there was no way on earth I was going to post about a brand for the sake of it. I was also told the budget had run short so I wasn't to expect payment for it but if I was ever in the area then I could pop in for a quick viewing of the products. I politely declined.

I felt I was worth more than that. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe you reading this would of jumped at the chance... I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that we are all worth something. I think it's unfair for people to take advantage of others which is what this was in my eyes. And as I said to the pr in question, I doubt she was working for free.



  1. Well said! Ive had a couple of similar situations lately. I think people take advantage of bloggers and dont appreciate the hard work that goes into creating a post and nurturing a blog! It makes me so mad!

    Gemma xx

  2. I think I might have been contacted by the same people haha! And I know how you feel I would only do a post for a company for free if it was beneficial for my readers or something I was genuinely interested in! xxxx

  3. You go, girl! I'm proud of you. I only started this blog in March myself because I was bored too and I missed just writing about anything because I missed doing English Lit from my sixth form etc. so I thought to keep up with my writing I'd start a blog. I love doing it and I probably will do the pr stuff eventually if I ever get enough followers but that's not even on my mind right now. I really like this post. :)

  4. What a ioke! Why would you post about something on your own blog about something you've never used for a brands sake? Your readers would never be interested in reading about something you've never tried yourself :/ what a poor PR! They basically wanted coverage for nothing. Glad you said no!

  5. I so appreciate this post as similar things have happened to me so many times, it's comforting to know I'm not alone :( I've even had brands promise me payment then after I've featured them never reply to my emails! Some PRs are amazing with bloggers but some just seem to think we're a free source of advertising which isn't fair, a lot of us put so much time and effort into our blogs! Amazing post lovely :)

    Catherine xx

  6. Very well written. I have just started my blog in recent weeks so have nothing go compare to as I have no where near enough followers to be considered. I am really surprised to hear that this takes place as the blogging community seems like such a wonderful thing to be part of!

    Eden X

  7. I don't think people appreciate how much time and effort goes into maintaining our 'babies' and writing up blog posts for them. I recently got really annoyed when I saw this brand on Instagram asking for bloggers with over 40,000 followers to work with them. Now, what made me laugh is that they had less followers then that themselves. Never underestimate the power of the smaller bloggers. x

  8. Good on ya. Brands often reach out to me & it's safe to assume many bloggers & want free exposure. Clearly their brand already has a decent amount because many people are willing to do promotional posts. Kudos to you for sticking to your guns, morals, & your blog! :] // ▲ ▲

  9. Well said!!! You're right with what you said...and I'm sure if they've those 'famous' clients there is plenty of budget!

  10. Completley agree, and that well-known brand sounds like they just wanted to use you as opposed to work with you. I had that with a brand before, never again! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  11. Very well said! Makes no sense they have no budget but hire 'famous' clients?

    Melissa || x x

  12. I am proud of you for being honest and declining a opportunity and choose to follow your moral compass. Unfortunately, I think there are a lot of beauty bloggers who would have jumped at the chance to be compensated and said whatever the company asked of them without trying any of their products. I think this honest post will increase your reader's trust and hopefully you can have more honest brands asking you to review their products. I hope a better opportunity opens up for you soon! x

  13. Oh my gosh this is unbelievable! I cant believe they used the incentive of having a look at the products to entice you into writing about it!

    Lauren xo

    Porcelain Queen Blog

  14. I completely agree with you on this - it's good that you stuck to your guns and said no. After all, we went expect PRs to work for free, why should they expect us to do the same?! x
    Laura at Lola and Behold


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