I’ve been writing product reviews on Roni’s Weigh for some time now. At first they started as "Food Finds". I’d simply post about products I found, used and loved. These posts weren’t paid for and the brands behind the products had no idea I was writing them. I was just sharing my thoughts as a consumer.
As the blogging industry matured and my blog became more popular I started receiving products to review. I categorized these posts as "Product Reviews" as I wanted my readers to know the product was something I tried specifically for the purpose of reviewing
One of the major differences between a "find" and a "review" was that finds were always skewed positive. The point of those posts were to share things I liked and found useful. Why would I bother posting about a product I didn’t like? That’s just not my style.
With reviews, however, I find myself in a predicament. If a company sends me a sample of their product and I end up not liking it, well, what do I do? There’s no way I’ll write a positive review for something I don’t like. So that’s off the table but do I bother to write one at all? Do I even want to publicize a product I don’t like?
When a company reaches out I like to let them know that I reserve the right to not post a review at all based on my reaction to the product. I also make it clear that I will only post HONEST reviews and the review I write may in fact be negative if I feel it’s warranted.
I’ve written about product reviews before but I didn’t solicit thoughts on posting negative reviews. I have not been a fan of the last few products I received and I’m wondering if I’m doing my audience a disservice by not warning them. However, as I stated, I don’t like to publicize products I don’t like. I’m also not normally Negative Nilly. It’s just not my brand.
What’s a blogger to do?
Do you post negative reviews on your blog?