Hey blogger friends! Today we are getting real and talking about saying NO. What do I mean by that? Well I mean that it’s OK to say no in blogging, and I’m going to break down the reasons why. Some of this may sound or seem harsh. I am not trying to be harsh, I am trying to be real.
It’s OK to Say NO In Blogging
It’s OK to say NO to brands: I get a lot of emails from brands. All day I get emails. No, I am not trying to brag, but what I am trying to say is most bloggers get dozens of emails a day if not close to 100 or maybe some get even more than that. I would say 95% of these emails include press releases, information on new products, and brands asking for exposure for free. Yep 100% free. No product in return, nothing on trade, no cash money. It’s OK to say NO to that. Yes you do not have to do things for free. Your time, your energy, and whatever else you are sacrificing is worth more than free. Now there are circumstances when doing things for free or on trade are fine, and each person has to decide what that time is for themselves. But it’s OK to respond and say “thanks but no thanks.” OK maybe be nicer than that. But it’s OK to inform brands that you do not work for free. It’s also OK to say no if it’s NOT a product, service, etc that you would normally use. Money is great but if you can’t really talk about the product then say no. I said no a few months ago to a VERY lucrative set of several sponsored posts because it’s just not a product I believe in. I’m talking several thousand dollars. Friends, it’s OK to say no!
It’s OK to say NO to other bloggers: As someone who writes a blog that has a lot of blog advice, I also receive a lot of emails. Now I am not talking about emails from blog friends or bloggers that I talk to on a regular basis. No, I am talking about emails from complete strangers basically asking me to spell it out for them on how to blog, where to blog, what to blog about, etc. Listen, I love to help bloggers but I have tons and tons of posts about blogging. From topics to write about, to all sorts of social media advice, and then some. I can’t respond to every single question. Especially when most of them are things people could easily Google. So what am I saying? Bloggers, if other bloggers email you for free advice or to ask questions that the answers are easily available on your blog or on Google, it’s OK to send them a link. Or to tell them where they can find the info. You do not have to take your precious and probably limited time and send them a 500 word response. I did this for a long time, and truthfully it got redundant and I almost never got so much as a thank you. It’s also OK to say no to giveaways, loops, or any other thing bloggers ask you to do that you just don’t want to do. You do not have to always say yes.
It’s OK to say NO to compromising your voice and beliefs: Recently I had a brand want me to rewrite part of a sponsored post. Not abnormal, as most sponsored content needs brand approval. But they wanted me to use wording and phrases that I would just never say. They wanted me to add a page to my blog beyond the one post. They wanted me to compromise myself. No. Just NO. It’s OK to say no to compromising your voice. If you would never talk like that or say those things or do those things that a brand or anyone is asking you to say, then say no. Tell them where you stand and try to come to a compromise that you are both comfortable with. Just because a brand is paying you does not mean you have to sell out or compromise yourself. It’s OK to say no.
Like I said, I know parts of this might sound harsh, but it’s something we all need to hear once in a while that it’s OK to say no. This goes so far beyond blogging. This goes into your regular job, your relationships, friendships, etc. You do not always have to say yes. It’s OK to say no.
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