One of the many things I love about blogging is being asked to review products, places or services. Getting paid for them is a wonderful added bonus.
So when I was approached for a quote by The Sunday Times on their feature article “Getting Paid For Blogging” (Life section, 11 May 2014), I was happy to add my two-cents to it.
Three years ago, I made the decision to work from home as a freelance writer so I could stay home to be around for my children. I dabbled in blogging as a means to showcase my work to potential editors. But overtime, my blog, Universal Scribbles, took a life of its own and I found myself approached regularly by brands to review their services or products.
As a ‘noob’ or a relative newbie in the industry, I was happy to do it for the experience. And I was gratified that my kids were often invited to join me at these “work” events. My family and I were also fortunate to be able to enjoy the warm hospitality of many brands and theme parks, both local and overseas.
The Blogger Code of Conduct
As a member of the local blogger community, I am keenly aware not only of my responsibility to the my readers but that of the community. I am mindful to always inform my readers if the posts are sponsored or compensated in any terms.
Furthermore, I am careful to promote only products or services that I know will benefit or be of interests to my readers. I will also not publicize any products that are against my beliefs, that is anything harmful to children, promote addiction (drugs, smoking, gaming) or unfriendly to our kids’ interests.
In the words of Uncle Ben who told a distressed Peter Parker in Spiderman,“With great power, comes great responsibility.” As a blogger, I think these wise words are worth their weight in gold.
Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.