I feel weird about something and I thought I would just put some thoughts out there. This post may have no purpose except to get these thoughts out of my head.
Last Friday I posted a review for eShakti, and while I really enjoyed working with that company, and their clothing does really appeal to me, I feel weird about the whole experience.
I started writing this blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends when we moved across the country. It evolved into an online journal of our family's life, and it allowed to meet all of you, which may my favourite thing about our blog ever. Words cannot express how much I value my relationships with the women I've "met" through my blog.
I've read some blogs over the years where it sometimes seems like all they write about is how amazing this company is, or how wonderful that product is, and I feel like they've just become a continuous commercial break from the content I used to really enjoy. And as much as I would love to earn an income from our blog, I know that will never happen. (Although seriously, why can't someone pay me to blog about checking out different tea places, gardening, and going to Target??? If I can ever earn income from blogging about those things, all these promises will be negated!)
I don't plan on doing any more product reviews on this blog (with the above noted exceptions. And maybe throw Starbucks and books in there as well!) I want you to read my blog because you are interested in my kids, my yard, and my life in general, not because I'm getting free stuff in exchange for telling you all about it.
I want to be really clear. This is in no way a reflection on my partnership with eShakti. It is my thoughts on product reviews, blogging, and how it all relates to my blog, in general.
So there you go. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to dip my toes into the "bloggers get stuff in exchange for a blog review" waters. From now on, I'll just be enjoying the views from the shore.