Happy almost Friday.
To start off, I'd like to say that yesterday's post was in no way meant to attack anyone, nor was it aimed to ridicule anyone. If you offer sponsorships and you take care of your sponsors then GOOD FOR YOU!! I simply decided against it because I KNOW how hard it is for the ladies who really offer beneficial sponsorships! Go Erin, cause I'm taking about you! Want to "advertise your blog"? Take your sweet ass over there and sign up! I've heard great things and I know she takes care of her people. Never was I saying sponsorships are BAD. I just don't believe many people take the time and effort to make them beneficial for both parties. And they just aren't for this blog.
As for the group giveaways, obviously I don't care for them, but the point of the post wasn't to slam people who do participate. It was to make bloggers understand that you should NOT FEEL OBLIGATED to pay for giveaways. You can simply blog and gain readership, it just isn't going to happen over night.
As for the "paying for followers" portion, lets be honest I'm an opinionated lady and I've never had a problem sharing that with anyone! Do I take it back? NO! Because the fact of the matter is you pay to host the giveaway and it results in gaining followers. That my friends is simple black and white. It is what is it. Now after reading some of your comments, I do see how ladies view it differently. Many people see it as "sponsoring or advertising their blogs" which is not how I looked at it. At the end of the day, if you are trying to grow a blog into a business it absolutely makes sense that you would want to get your blog out there and if paying to do so helps and the return on investment proves to be beneficial then I understand why you would do it. My trade by day, is Marketing. I 100% understand why someone would do this from a business stand point. That's what I wasn't looking at. I have never viewed this blog as a business so I wasn't looking at it as a strategic advertising move.
So I truly apologize if anyone personally felt attacked by the post. That was never my intention. I simply want other bloggers who are in this for FUN to understand that you don't have to spend your money to develop readership. I have NEVER paid for a single sponsorship, nor have I paid for a single giveaway and this blog is doing just FINE! Yours can too!
Come back tomorrow for Friday Letters!!
P.S. If you're still huffy after this, you need to learn to let things roll off your shoulders!!