Can I ask your honest opinion on something?
I get approached by companies all the time who want to send me stuff to review or to give away. I usually turn them down for one or several reasons like a) They won't do international shipping of give-aways b) The product's not something I'm interested in c) It's a lot of work on my part to be honest.
So far I've turned down lamps, home office accessories, sunbeds (would have loved to give those away but they couldn't ship them outside of Sweden), paint ( would have loved to do that give away too but paint doesn't travel well overseas…) etc etc.
I'm aware that hosting give-aways can get you more readers but I'm fine with the one's I have (that's you :). Hosting give-aways can also provide you with blog content but I have plenty of that, not stumped for ideas yet.
It has gotten to the point where I'm thinking "What's in it for me? When I get these e-mails where Company X want to send me say a paintbrush, write x amount on the benefits of said brush AND administer a give away of three of the presumably Super brushes and I'm like "you want me to do all that and I get a by then used brush in return"?!
To the point finally. Lately I've been getting some pretty nice offers of give-ways by companies who WILL ship prizes abroad (to the moon, if necessary as one said) and there's a little freebie in there for me too.
I'm on one side thinking "Now we're talking!" and at the same time don't want to labeled as "bought". How do you guys feel about this? Would you mind if I occassionaly accepted free stuff and if I like it blog about it or host occasional give-aways? I have to say I'm not someone who get showered with free stuff all the time and I have to admit I like the idea of the occasional goodie being dropped of in my mail box…
Be honest, I can take it! I'll obviously still make up my own mind about it in the end but I do value your view on this and you can decide whether you still like me after.