Doing work without payment is something I’ve been asked to do a lot this past year as my blog grows. At first I seriously considered it, but then I realized that unless the post was in collaboration with the company- I was doing all the work and they were getting all the profit. Payment can be a loose term, it can simply mean they’re giving you exposure too, but as a rule, if something is a one way street… just don’t walk down it.
Publishing other peoples work without credit is the worst. First of all it’s copyrighted and they could press charges if they wanted too, but even if they don’t it’s still not cool! That’s someone’s sweat and blood. Plus It’s really easy to put a source, and a real source at that- give a link to something other than pinterest!
Worrying too much about aesthetic can be tiring. Do I completely fit into the group I want to be writing for? You a human being, it’s okay to be true to you more than your audience. Chances are they’ll appreciative you for being true and real. Running a blog that only has one viewpoint on everything can be tiring, because people aren’t like that.
Advertising your blog when commenting on other peoples blog can be done tastefully, like leaving a link at the end of your comment. Hey- I’m not offended by that at all! But writing out “check out my post!” or whatnot shows that you only came to their blog to get their view in exchange for yours. That’s not what blogging should be about! I’ve gotten to the point were I will no longer approve those comments on Anna Down South.
Taking what not to do posts too seriously. Yeah, this is one, but sometimes you read through things and think- but that’s what I like about my blog- and in that case ignore the rules. If you cover more than five topics and someone says it’s bad but you really don’t want to get rid of any, then don’t! This is your place and you can do with it what you want. Take everything with a grain of salt.