I have had some unpleasant experiences regarding sponsorship that have made me question why I am doing this? I have concluded that it's really not for me. As someone who is a Journalism Arts graduate I would never allow someone to tell me, or any other member of the press, what to write in my newspaper just because they are an advertiser and the same goes for my blog.
There have been a lot of posts from bloggers in the past year or two asking if blogs are dead. Bloggers think sponsorship allows them to keep doing what they love doing but in fact it is doing the opposite. It is killing blogs and turning readers off.
I think blogs are great when you need to elaborate on a project or share more information than what can fit in a photo caption. They are also fun and entertaining when they are well written. Blogs are fabulous for sharing information and teaching quilting techniques to others through tutorials. Unfortunately, they have also become an advertising forum and I, like many other readers, are frankly tired of wading through that crap. Why suffer through a bunch of stuff that's being written about a sponsor just so you can get to the pretty pictures when you can just go to Instagram and instantly see what you want to see?
I'm taking a stand right now. I blog for me and the people who enjoy what I make. If that's not you, feel free to unfollow. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.