This is a totally selfish post on my part…I am just trying to reach a larger audience with a blogging issue which is troubling me. But to present the appearance of being not so selfish, I have included pictures of a really cute outfit that I have worn recently (insert winky, snarky, sarcastic emoji face…is there one of those?)
Recently, I have been receiving unsolicited email requests from companies requesting collaborations and/or guest posts on my blog. The first one I received included a request for me to publish a guest post. I had no idea what this even entailed, so I reached out to a few blogger friends via email for their suggestions.
I don’t want to overlook all the help these ladies offered me…so I am going to put a great big thank you right here to them! Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Ann of Kremb de la Kremb, and Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun were ever so quick to offer me their help and advice. So thank you, ladies! This newbie blogger truly appreciates your support!
It turned out that I jumped the gun on that first request and started asking for help before I adequately researched the company that sent me the request. It turns out this company was based in India and there was not a good review to be found about their product or their customer service. Everything I read about this particular company included accusations of scams and criticisms of extremely poor quality product. So, I politely declined their offer to work with me.
This week, I received another collaboration request from a company based in China. This time I did some research first and have found about half of the reviews are very poor, along the same lines as the review of the first company. The other half of the reviews were the polar opposite. Brilliant company, wonderful quality, etc. Then responses to the rave reviews with accusations that the company itself was posting the good reviews. My head is sort of spinning right now. Does this actually go on? Yikes. That makes me lose some faith in human beings, or at least in retailers.
Now, I am going to jump back to last Fall when I received a collaboration request from Style Art. This is a company based in Lithuania that provides marketing for graphic artists to sell their work printed on apparel and other items. Before I agreed to work with them, I searched around online for information. I didn’t find too much information about them at all just what their own website said. There were a few reviews but even they were rather benign. I consulted my sister about this one because I was such a new blogger that I had not yet developed relationships with other bloggers and was not comfortable soliciting their advice. Plus, this little blog of mine was my sister’s brain child, after all! She said go for it. So I did.
You can read my post here, my very first collaboration post where I was gifted the tee shirt of my choosing to review. Looking back on it, even my review of their product was quite benign. Once published, I emailed the link to the person who contacted me and received a thank you. And that was it. I never heard from them again. It was a cute tee and I have featured it one other time on my blog here. But the quality was not great and the sizes ran a bit small. But I gave my honest opinion and that’s all I could really do. I will never compromise my own integrity. If I am nothing else in this life, I am always honest. Sometimes brutally so.
So here are the questions that I pose to you all, my respected blogger friends…how do you decide which companies you will work with? Do you only work with companies that you already patronize? Do you have a hard and fast rule of who you work with? Where do you find information about an unfamiliar company? How do you respond if you are not comfortable working with a company? Whom do you trust? Any advice you have on this topic would be so greatly appreciated.
Shirt: Old Navy (no longer available)
Jeans: Old Navy Eco-Friendly Cropped Flare Jeans
Sandals: Crown Vintage from DSW (from last year, but similar here and here
Scarf: This scarf is way older than my marriage. And if something precedes my marriage, I usually don’t remember it!
Necklace and earrings: Cato Fashions (no longer available)
I am so grateful to all of you wonderful bloggers. This community is so supportive and helpful. I am so glad that I decided to go on this adventure and I am learning new things every day. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
Keeping it on the edge,
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