Reading all the tweets and sharing my own thoughts on the topic, it did make me take a look at my blog and what I do. On my PR Information and About page a state that I only feature products I have liked and believe fulfill the claims made by the brands - this is because when I initially started blogging, I had such thirst for creating content that I would write posts on everything and anything I could get my hands on. I also did a fair amount of informative posts about products and specials stores had. I really did not like where my blog was going and I forced myself to stop. Luckily this was quite soon into my blogging and I was able to put a stop to myself turning my blog into something I had not envisioned it to be. My blog was started as a "beauty scrapbook" of sorts because I wanted to share the products I liked and enjoyed using.
I have tried to be careful with the brands I choose to work with and I am fortunate that the PR companies I work with understand the way that I work. I choose to not feature products I don't like nor ones that I feel made extraordinary claims but did not deliver on them. So this means my blog only features products I like and will read as though everything I feature is amazing - because these are the things that I love. When I started Gee Whiskers, my blog's tag line was "My space for simple, beautiful things" and I have mostly tried to keep to that...although not all the things I buy and feature are "simple".
Anyway, I don't really know where this post is heading, but I do believe I found sustainable happiness in my blogging by focusing on the things that made me happy and not comparing my blog to other blogs. It is so easy to question the worth of your blog and becoming disheartened by what you do when you are constantly looking at what others are doing. The majority of bloggers I know work full time (as do I) so all the blogging we do is in our spare time and when you sacrifice your free time you want to be "rewarded" for it. The rewards are different for each blogger but ultimately, we are one in the same, in that we want our readers to like what we are doing.
I purposefully choose to not lose sight of why I blog - I enjoy sharing the things I love - it is that simple. So although this post doesn't shed much insight into all of the debates going on, it has helped keep things in perspective for me and I hope that it reassures my readers of the content I create.