I have a preference to state, and I would like to emphasize this a little more before I actually state it: that it is a preference. A preference I hope others will share. Not "Other ways are stupid! Everyone should do it the way I think is right!" I have plenty of opinions that fall along those lines, too. But in this case, I realize that what I'm basically doing is hoping/requesting that people change the way they're doing something, in favor of the way I prefer it to be---but fully acknowledging that they needn't, and/or that they might prefer it otherwise, and that it is a big deal to change something for someone else just as some sort of concession to that person's preferences, so it's not something I'm expecting. I won't be all, "WHAT?? This again?? But I SAID I didn't LIKE it!!" There are many people who express preferences in regards to what I write on this blog, and I decline to meet those preferences, so I am familiar with that process.
Nevertheless, here is the preference: I would prefer if a sponsored post said so at the very top of the post, or within the first few sentences.
Here is how it feels to me, when I read a sponsored post without realizing it's sponsored until a little note at the very end: it's like being invited over to someone's house for a fun evening, and then realizing when you get there that it's a "party" selling make-up, or kitchen tools, or candles. Crap, I got suckered. And I feel foolish for not realizing it sooner. And my relationship with the person who tricked me has taken a hit.
I have several local acquaintances who do sales parties, and they would argue with this. I know, because they have argued it within my earshot: "It's not like a SALES thing!" they say. "It's just a fun evening! Friends getting together! No pressure! It's not like you have to BUY anything, it's just for learning about cool new things! And it's been so long since I've seen you guys! It's a GIRLS' NIGHT OUT!" I understand that they might really feel this way about it, but I continue to NOT feel this way about it. And with sponsored posts, I understand that a blogger might say that it's their own content, that they weren't in any way pressured or instructed what to write, so it's the same as a regular post. I understand how they can see it this way, but it's still not the way I see it. My preference is still to know from the start what I'm getting into, rather than getting tricked into it and feeling manipulated and suckered at the end.
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