I have to clear some things up here. Starting with that this post is about my personal philosophy towards this subject. If your’s differs, this is not an insult to you.
I received an email last week requesting that I host a review and giveaway for a certain company who I shall not be naming here. I simply replied back, “I’m sorry, but I cannot offer reviews for anyone or anything I have no experience with. That is not my policy.”
You see, even with my absence on my blog, and in my blogging communities (okay so I might be a slackard loser in this department as of late), I still consider my readers, my followers, my FRIENDS. I love hosting giveaways, and giving out my own twist on reviews… but to lie…
I figured the case was closed, until I got another email to the tune of, “Other bloggers have given us great reviews, and you should trust them. Listing our name on your site will heap your views, and make your blog even better. That should be a better offer than a free product. Here’s the link and guidelines for your review and giveaway. We need you to list this by *insert a specific date*”. (Paraphrased)
Sure, the company might be honest and great and totally legit. Is “might” worth enough to risk my friends’ trust? Hell no.
So I’m putting this out here now. As this is the second company that has requested a blind review. SHUD UP. Stop wasting your time. It’s not going to happen. I don’t care about getting free stuff, I care about my readers, my friends. I will NEVER do a blind review on ANYTHING.
I will however continue to offer reviews and giveaways to all of my friends. My policy remains: I will recommend any person I trust, with or without product samples, but I’ll let you know if I have not tried their product/service. I will review and recommend products and services I have experienced, and my review will be my honest opinion. And you’ll know if they paid me for it, or not, as required by my morals and the law. No exceptions. If I do not know you personally, and/or if you cannot offer a sample of your product or service I will not share you with my friends, period.