Most of the arguments I’ve found against fashion bloggers making money is that they’re “selling-out;” they used to be independent and creative, and now that they’re selling ads and/or receiving products to review, their voice is no longer meaningful, or even valid. As you probably know, I don’t personally buy into that argument in most cases, sure, there are definitely sell-outs, but they don’t stick around for very long. And they don’t become successful.
But just to reiterate that point, I ran across this gem in a recent ProBlogger article that sums up my feelings exactly:
2) Don’t be afraid to make money. Blatant product placements in the biggest video of the year? Sure, why not? There is nothing wrong with making ridiculous amounts of cash if that’s what you want to do. There is no such thing as a sellout. If you want to put ads on your blog, do it. If you want to sell products, do it. Don’t apologize. You should be paid to create art. Being a starving artist is nothing to be proud of.
It also goes along quite nicely with the recent “IFB Fair Compensation Manifesto“…
What do you think?
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