Not too long ago, I was on a journey to brand and possibly monetize this blog. So, I signed up at an influencer network site.
I’m sure these networks operate similarly, or maybe completely differently, but I’m also sure I ended up signing up for this particular one for a reason. This isn’t to say these networks are bad. Indeed, I have a respect for the millions of people who use and profit from them.
It’s just not my cup of tea.
For a few weeks, I would check and see what opportunities were being sent my way. There weren’t any I could do and was interested in, until recently. So, I looked at the requirements.
No criticism of the product allowed.
Okay. I get it. Why would a company pay someone to criticize their product? Of course that makes sense!
I write book reviews. I write honest book reviews. I go on about what I loved and didn’t like and have zero problems saying a book was worth only one cup of tea. Or even that I ended up abandoning it because it was that atrocious.
But it sounds like, to be an influencer, I would have to sing a product’s praises.
Well, that would just put me in trouble. Who are you going to believe: the honest book reviewer who writes good and bad things or the influencer wannabe who gives everything 5 perfect golden teapots?
And then I got to thinking about what influence is. Personally, I don’t put much stock in what other people tell me I should try, not even my mom or best friends. Sure, I’ll take the information, but then I’ll spend a significant amount of time reading up on it before I decide if it’s something I and my family actually need. Most of the time, I decide it’s not worth it. So, clearly not influenced!
As an influencer, it would be my job to get people interested and to get them to buy. Being someone who doesn’t operate that way, I can’t in good faith do this. If I influence someone, it’s not intentional.
So, sorry, but I’m just not cut out to be an influencer. I’ll never make any money from it and, really, I have to wonder why I even want to do it. I never do anything for the money, so…why? Just…why?
I love my blog the way it was early this year. It’s a place where I can share, a place where I can just write and enjoy the conversations and engagement. If I talk about a product, it’s probably a book or something my family really, sincerely loves, but I still wouldn’t try to convince a single human being to buy it, too. I try my best to be frugal. I respect that other bloggers are probably doing the same. So, I’m not going to try to sell something to you. Promise.