I read a real mix of blogs, some weight loss, some triathlon/ironman/running, writing ones, and a few food ones. I am a slack with comments, and I just tend to write as I think. I'm not after followers, or fans. Most people that read here, know me from way back in blogland, some are new, some may never comment. But I appreciate them all none the less. I've made friends in real life, and other sorts of friends. I'm pretty easy to get along with, and if you don't like me that's cool too. You know a rant is coming, don't you...
Bloggers make an impression, whether they like it or not. No matter how small or big you are. I've got awesome tips from blogs, made friends, and been yes jealous when someone gets sponsored freebies to keep all the time. Would I like a food processor, a brand spanking new race bike, and loads of healthy free food to eat - HELL YES. I think I even asked for shoes a whilst back, got nothing, which was expected. It's not my market, I don't even have a market!
I'm not a brand, I'm me.
I'm 29, I work two jobs, I run slowly, and I go to weight watchers, I just got dumped and I'm a cancer survivor. And there are so many people like me.
Do what you want with your blog, brand it, market it, get all the free stuff you want. But DO NOT complain about getting a raw deal out of an article, that yes implied not so great things, but also hit the nail on the head so to speak.
I review stuff I buy, that's it. I used to run in Asics, then Brooks, now Adidas - because that's what I was fitted for. I bought my fuel belt, my heart rate monitor, and powerade doesn't upset my stomach. I'm not brand loyal.
You have influence, but you also need to have some integrity, and remember your blog should be about passion, not about product. Please remember that.
The link to the a blog mentioning the article is here
There are other implications in the article which are a bit terse, but I can see how the conclusion could be reached.
And I'm ranting about it because, I can.
Rant over :-)