Ethics on Blogging

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Something I had to write for another site… But deceided to post up my thoughts to share with you. Let me know if you agree/dissagree?

Over the past few years the blogging community has grown by leaps and bounds. Similar to reality television we see an increased number of people tuned into watch “real”people instead of trained actors. In the blogosphere we see the same thing. People look toward “real” people or consumers to help them form an a opinion rather than trained researchers and writers.As a Blog reader, I love to learn about the Editor or Blog Writer. I want to feel like I can connect with this person on some level. I need to feel confident that I can trust what is written and their articles and recommendations are factual and honest in all aspects. Once I find a blogger that I feel meets the above criteria I dont often search for additional resources. I let them be my guide in beginning my understanding of certain products or topics.
As a beauty blogger the items that I am writing about are constantly changing. There are new brands and product launches almost daily. I feel an obligation to know and understand these items for those who take the time to read my blog. Its important to portray the same traits I look for in reading a blog the same way for my readers.
When a blog is created it is in most cases created as a personal journal for a blogger to document their own personal stories and opinions. I feel the writer should always remain true to this first and foremost in all that they share with their readers. Its wrong for someone to feel they should conform how they feel to please a company, reader or other party.
The Ethics of a blogger is something I believe can be determined very quickly as you start

to read a writers material. The facts that are included in the post and the energy in the subject is all a clue for me as to how honest a review may be. When reading blogs we trust we are hearing an honest consumers opinion and not a unwarranted raving review. This is what makes us comfortable to continue pursuring information though the “blogging”channel.

that ends my thoughts for now…

I am blogging from San Francisco, CA. I love Makeup, Skincare and Beauty in general. I am Nutrition obsessed and love movies and reality television when I find the time! Want to know more? Click on the About Me tab at the top!! Xoxo! Sara

10 Comments

  1. MsChrys

    February 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    All I can say is “WOW” and I totally agree reading other peoples blogs is what made me wanna do it! This ios sooo true…

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  2. Khalia@GlamourandLove

    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    GREAT POST AND SO TRUE!!! I love your honesty here and I completely agree. I have no problem with a blogger being paid to review a product. However, I want to feel confident that their review is based on their true opinion and experience with the product, not jaded by the dollar signs!
    .-= Khalia@GlamourandLove´s last blog ..A Unique Approach to Filling In Sparse Eye Brows =-.

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  3. Dao

    February 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Totally agree with you! The line between paid and unpaid blog entries are blurred these days. Last year, I decided to put up a blog disclaimer to make sure people understand where I stand in term of blogging.
    .-= Dao´s last blog ..<a href=\ =-.

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    Sara Reply:

    I really like seeing the disclaimer honestly… but it doesnt change how I feel about the review.

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  4. Mike

    February 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I completely agree with you! I think too many blogs nowadays are flooded with paid advertising right from the blogger’s mouth. A lot of the time like you said many of us choose particular blogs as a guide for a certain topic and do not bounce around after that. Follow Me at my Blog

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    Sara Reply:

    I know what you mean

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  5. Lizzard

    February 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    i completely agree – energy and amount of detail is a major plus, i also find trends throughout the blogosphere – like revlon colorstay and most currently skin md which has its pros and cons

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    Sara Reply:

    Yeah… not everything works for everybody. So more info the best!

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  6. JBreezy

    February 21, 2010 at 3:51 am

    greaaat post SARA!!!! I couldn’t agreee moore! Look at people in youtube, once they get all the views and popularity, a lot of them totally forgot where they came from and they are blinded by these company paying cold hard cash to promote there brand or give them freebies juz to sell a product. its very sad. thats why I prefer reading other fellow bloggers’ review over an item because its far more genuine and honest compared to those who ppl in youtube. Im not hatin on utube people, but its the truth that some of them do that.

    Im not saying its wrong to be paid, but if you are paid to do something be HONEST at least. Not a lot of people nowadays have the balls to be honest with a certain product.

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    Sara Reply:

    YES! Thank you so much girly! I know just what you mean!

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