Touchy subject, I know.
But I have some thoughts on the subject, and I know others do too. So this is not a post saying what you should or shouldn't do, rather just my thoughts and trying to figure out what's right for me & this blog.
In case you weren't aware, I am accepting sidebar sponsors now. Haven't really talked about it on here because well, it's not that fun to talk about and I never want to 'push' advertising on you guys. That probably isn't going to change in the future. I might mention it here & there, but if you want any more info, you can check out the Sponsor page up top.
I've also become a Reward Style member. I feel like this is controversial, but maybe it's just me? I've been a member for 2 months-ish, and there's only 5 or 6 posts on here currently with the links. Mostly because I always feel a bit sneaky when I use the links. I feel like 'affiliate links' is quite a dirty term in blogland, but Reward Style links kind of escape being grouped with them? Like, they're an acceptable type of affiliate link? It's odd. Again, maybe it's just me. But yes, I am a member and I have used the links. But I am very conscious of not over-loading posts with affiliate links, so there'll probably only be 1ish a week.
And now onto probably the most touchy topic - sponsored posts. I feel like they used to be really 'taboo' but now, people are more accepting. I think there are some people who do them and keep it really classy (Nicole is one), but I don't think it's something I'm interested in doing. Especially when it's a post sponsored by the company or product being featured - I find that a bit iffy.
The one thing I don't really have an issue with (that I know a lot of people do) is reviews of products sent by the company. Maybe it's because I read beauty blogs and they're always being sent products to review, but it's not something that I find offensive or off-putting. I think there are situations where it could be a bit questionable, but I think especially with beauty or fashion items it's usually fine. Home stuff gets a bit trickier, but it can still be kept classy.
What are your thoughts on everything? Do you accept sidebar sponsors or sponsored posts? Do you use affiliate links? Are you okay with reviews of products sent by the company? Let me know! I know it differs for everyone, and everyones situation is different. How did you decide what was right for you?