Sunday, 16 December 2012

Food for thought....

I've been a regular reader of the blog Decor8 for years and Holly recently wrote a post which I found really interesting, Get paid for your work. I found this particularly pertinent as I recently had an interview published in a crochet magazine. It is very flattering to be asked to be in a magazine and at no time did I expect any payment, although I think it would have been courteous to have been sent a copy of the magazine my blog was featured in.

After reading Holly's post however, I whole-heartedly agree that bloggers - myself included - should value our blogs and ourselves, and not be so ready to give our photographs, words and precious time so freely. When you have time, do check out Holly's post Get paid for your work...




7 comments:

Annette - "MyRoseValley" said...

I read it too a few days ago and I totally agree. It is one thing that blog land is a very generous place where we all share the love of craft, tips and tutorials to help and educate each other but when media itself is taking advantage of us bloggers for only their benefit and without respect for our craftsmanship (equals the thought of "ask a blogger to contribute cause they are all amateurs and you don't need to pay them - it is all free and then we don't have to come up with the idea ourselves - ain't that just great?") it is far out wrong. I think it is terrible the crochet magazine hasn't even bothered to send you a copy for your contribution. Shame on them.

Anonymous said...

It depends,not many blogs are of a professional standard but a few are. I certainly think you should get paid if you are in an article in a magazine that you helped fill. There are hundreds of blogs and most I can only tolerate to read occasionally, yet some I am very keen to return to. I also don't like that every thing revolves around money in the end. No one asks a blogger to write, there is plenty of reward for them without money. There are those that stand out though and yes, if money is what is wanted then make that a criteria before accepting work. Many of these magazines are not very interesting themselves and crib off of the Internet all the time. It is up to you though to negotiate your terms and not be flattered to be asked. (Of course they want people if they can fill up space for free).

MeMeRose said...

The reply from Holly on Decor8 (comment no. 98 in reply to your comment no.97) answers all of your concerns Anonymous.

Frances said...

Thank you for providing the link to Holly's very interesting post. I also do hope that the magazine will send you At Least a complimentary copy of the issue containing your article. Really!!!

xo

my little red suitcase said...

yes I think a copy for you at least, and yes that was an interesting post, Heather x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I think you should have had a years free subscription, I'm sure they could have afforded that, for such talent! :)

Pati from London said...

Dear Meme rose, I have been away for Xmas so am now catching up on blogland. I think that the article that Decor8 wrote is very interesting. You should get paid for it, for sure: if it is not with money with whatever else you negotiate: a subscription, exposure, free magazines, tickets and costs covered or whatever but at least something. I think that if all bloggers were to do the same, these companies wouldn't take advantage but it only takes a few people who are willing to work for free for the big companies to take the mickey. This is the same as working for free in museums or companies as work experience. If there are people willing to do it for free, these companies or museums etc don't have to bother with other people? It is abuse in my view....
Hope you've had a lovely xmas and by the way, I love your new 70's sideboard. Pati x