This is a long running debate ever since blogs started gaining popularity as a point of reference; and it is one we will not see the end of for a long long time 🙂 But what do you think?
Do you think bloggers or blogs are credible?
Let’s not limit this to beauty blogging, but expand it to blogs in general. If you read my blog, you’re likely to read blogs in general so you are a prime candidate for this! 😀 Do you think blogs any more credible than say, newspapers or magazines? Do you think blogs are less credible?
Personally, I actually don’t read many blogs. But when I do, I attribute credibility depending on the blog content, the blogger, and the topic at hand. Oh and I don’t read many personal blogs either unless they belong to friends so I guess the topic at hand relates mostly to niche blogs 🙂 In general, I find more credible, blogs that speak from experience, that give proper attribution and credit through links to sources (surprisingly few you might be interested to know), that are honest and true to themselves, that use proper language and
grammer grammar (pet peeve), and bloggers who blog with consistency and passion.
For example, I take anything published in news and political critique blogs with a very large pinch of salt. There is no middle ground in that genre and this is reflected in the blog posts that swing wildly depending on which side of the fence the blogger sits. A blogger who advances insightful arguments for or against a point of view is likely to be given more credit in my book, than a blogger who just rants and raves irrationally like a maniac 😛 The former in this genre are however as easy to find as a needle in a haystack. So in this genre I don’t think bloggers any more credible than print media.
For food review blogs, which I use as a jump point for research for new places to eat, I give more credit to blog posts that aren’t based on an invited review. From experience, food at an invited review are usually better (portion wise or taste wise) than food you pay for. I had a tummy upset after visiting a restaurant I’d visited before for a food review that I liked, so that was not pleasant. But I do value the information I get from reading food blogs, sponsored meal or not, because it could be a new place I’d never tried or that I’ve wanted to try. Also, I give an allowance for individual tastes, because not everyone loves the same food. But if its a recipe blog, then I give the bloggers and the blog full credibility because some of these bloggers are crazy talented cooks! In the food blogging genre, I attribute more credibility to bloggers than print media for whom most “restaurant reviews” are complimentary anyway.
Ditto with beauty blogs. I give some beauty blogs the due respect and credit because I identify with the blogger, or I enjoy reading their posts or because there is so much useful information in there. Others, I give less credit to because there isn’t enough information, or its just like reading classifieds (ads after ads after promos after press releases). But I do allow an element of individualism because we all have different ways of expressing ourselves and what I like may not be what you like. Everyone contributes in their way. When it comes to product review, I just believe some bloggers and blogs more than others and I lend credence accordingly. Sometimes, its just that gut feel y’know? 🙂 Compared to print media (which I don’t read much of) I think some bloggers more credible in terms of reviews – ever really come across a print mag that has negative reviews? Thought not. They’d lose their ad revenue 😛 But print media have more funds at their disposal in terms of creating content so they can come up with more interesting reads sometimes.
For travel, I definitely give blogs more credibility because they usually have more information on how to get to a location, and places they stay at and restaurants they frequent will be viewed more critically. But for hotels, my to-go resource is tripadvisor.com which is where everyone should check out before you travel or book a hotel! 🙂
From a blogger’s standpoint, I must confess to being a little harder on a product if its been sent to me for consideration. If its something I’ve purchased, I’m usually a little more effusive and more forgiving but if its a service, I’m also less tolerant of shoddy service. Perhaps its just my way of balancing things out, and I realize that like myself, readers may not find anything I say on my blog credible either 😀 But there you go! Win some, lose some 😀
So really, I believe that good bloggers are just as credible as the next journalist who’s paid to do their job, and the two mediums can co-exist. The biggest thing going for bloggers is that most bloggers do it out of passion and interest, not because its just another job; and that, I think makes the world of a difference 🙂
Your Say: Do you think bloggers or blogs are credible? Or what makes you think a blog or blogger more credible? Lets not name names. We aren’t here to bash or put anyone on a pedestal 🙂