But, then, last week, I was offered a $200 hair straighter. And, my current hair straighter just happens to be a piece of junk and $200 is way more than I would ever pay for one, so, for a second, I thought, "Heck ya I'll do a sponsored post. Bring on the fancy new toy!" I even spent a few minutes daydreaming about my silky smooth, shiny hair and the gorgeous photos I could take of it to go along with my post praising this company. I was honestly so wrapped up in the imagery that I had to email Kayla for a reality check. And, ultimately, I didn't take the the straightener. She reminded me that although it's cool to get free swag, it's just not the Gypsy in Jasper way.
I'm not judging other bloggers who accept cool stuff, I get why they do it. And, I understand that that is what they chose for their blog. I just know that's not a route I want to take. This space was never meant to make me money. I don't want paid sponsorship or fancy sponsors who send me things. I just want to post what I like. I want to write honestly. I want to joke with the friends I've made here and I want to have a good time. To me, promoting someone just because they gave me something is kind of icky. I'm super stoked to promote Etsy shops I've bought from and blogs that I honestly love. But, I don't want to use this space to promote anything I don't 100 per cent believe in myself.
So, there you have it, my feelings on freebies. What are your thoughts? Have you ever accepted gifts in exchange for promotion on your blog?