I have been writing a new post a day on my blog for quite a while. These have been anything from my thoughts, what we’ve done that day, reminiscing, lists of things or reviews. My blog posts are random, I write about whatever I think about at the time and they’re normally written a few days in advance – I like to have a stockpile of posts that I can post at the most relevant time. I also like to join in as many linkys/blog hops as possible.
The one thing that is consistent is my honesty in blogging.
Whether I’m writing about my day, a childhood memory or a review – I will always be honest. I will say if I’ve received a product for the benefit of the review and I will always mention any negatives with a product that I’m reviewing – I think that is only fair and I think I owe my readers that honesty – we all trust when we read reviews that they are going to be as honest as possible.
I have read a multitude of reviews where there is no criticism of the product. No negatives. Nothing that could be improved on. Forgive me for being blunt – Nothing is perfect. There is always room for improvement and I will always try and comment on where something can be improved.
Recently though, I have read a couple of incredibly honest reviews. This one springs to mind by A Mummy Too. Yes, it’s a bit extreme. Most products that bloggers are sent to review would not be inedible or unusable. Most would be fine – with positives and negatives that we should mention, like the Plum food review – if there is something bad about the product the reader needs and deserves to know!
I was on a blogging forum the other day where there was a conversation taking place about drinks that people had been sent to review. These drinks were said to be ‘disgusting’, ‘undrinkable’ and ‘foul’. Some bloggers had resorted to using them in cooking to give a different, positive slant on their review. Others ‘felt bad’ that they’d been sent the product and it was awful – so they were going to do a positive review anyway.
Why?! How does that help anyone!?
If you write a review and lie, you are not only lying to yourself and the company that produces the product but you’re lying to your readers too – and you lose every bit of integrity the minute you press ‘publish’ on a post that is anything but honest. Integrity is non-negotiable.
If you choose to review products on your blog or gain any kind of income from the blog then make sure you don’t compromise the values that made you start blogging in the first place.