Since I started my own blog, my life has changend completely. In one of my earlier posts I talked about how much courage it took for me to start it and allow this adventure to unfold. And I don’t regret any of it, because it was the best decision I could have made.
So that is why I am not taking any of it for granted.
However, recently there has been something that has really shocked me and made me rethink my position as a blogger. I am talking about the audacity of some people who stand behind a brand and actually make fun of my number of followers on Instagram and other social media, when they were the ones who contacted me for a collaboration.
This led me to ask myself whether it is possible that numbers define and value my work and me as a person? Is it even possible that numbers have the power to define any of us? Have we become our number of followers on Instagram, likes and comments? Are we the reach that we thrive for on our blogs?
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that there are certain norms that need to be upheld and that a brand has a right to pursue their vision and to expect that our blog is visited and similar…
However, I don’t think that anyone has the right to underestimate my work and the work of others.
The very same person I mentioned above, was willing to accept a collaboration with me only if I would write reviews of specific products for free. Moreover I wouldn’t get the products for free, but rather test samples, which I would, of course, have to purchase myself.
I suppose that it didn’t matter that I had 3000 followers on Instagram.
After I had the meeting for this „collaboration“ I started questioning a lot of things. Am I truly worth the number of my followers on social media? I don’t think so.
So my dear brands, before you contact any blogger for a collaboration, think hard if you really want to work with that person. It would be nice if you would look at the blogger’s work before, read a few texts and get a sense of how everything looks, what the person behind the texts is like. Trust us, it means a lot to us when you too come prepared to a meeting for a potential collaboration.
And please don’t take us for granted. Don’t make fun of us if we don’t fulfill your criteria. Don’t ask us to work for free.
Just like you, we are doing our jobs which we love and would like to get paid for it.
PS: And as for my numbers on social media: No, I still don’t have 10 000 or 20 000 followers simply because I refuse to spend one cent to buy them.
I am sending lots of love to my followers and readers – you people are worth it!
Thank you for accompanying me on this journey.