A Note to Bloggers: Beware of Scammers

For me, blogging is just a hobby. I don’t get paid to do it. I do it on my own time, whenever I want. But for most of the people that I have come across, blogging is a job. It’s a full-time commitment that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Blogging can easily become a job through product review, advertising, and endorsements. This week, a “company” wanted to collaborate with me on I Sort of Beauty, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was a fake solicitor.

I’m naming the company because I would hope that this does not happen to anyone else. Two weeks ago, Tops Wedding reached out to me on email to ask me to collaborate with them. Here’s how it went:

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About My Blog & Other Sweet Nothings

The Liebster Award is an opportunity to get to know other blogs and bloggers.  I was nominated by Chelsea Go Brightly  and now it is my turn to answer some of her questions, and nominate 10 other bloggers to join me as well!

 How did you get started in blogging?

It was pretty random. I can’t say that the idea was even mine to begin with. A friend recommended that I start blogging about my experiences since I don’t really wear makeup or have a beauty routine. I took the idea and ran with it.

If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing?

I’d still be trying new makeup and skincare products! I have a full time job working in the news industry, so my blog is just something I do for fun and as a hobby. After I graduated from college this past May, I was getting bored of having the same routine and becoming predictable. I love that blogging has occupied my free time.

What goal do you have for your blog?

I don’t have one. I like that it’s a hobby right now and not a chore or another job that I need to tend to. I love meeting like-minded bloggers and working with brands. Some people have mentioned that I should start doing videos. I don’t think I’m ready for that yet, but who knows…

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

 I’ve always wanted to be a police officer or an undercover cop. I still do, sometimes. Some people laugh because of what I do for work now, my parents especially. They think it’s absolutely absurd. I don’t really tell anyone anymore, but I secretly think about it from time to time.

What is your favorite beauty/makeup brand?

Laura Geller!

What is your ideal vacation spot?

My boyfriend and I visited Jamaica twice already. I can never get tired of being there. I think we may plan another trip next summer.

What was your favorite blog post you’ve written?

It’s so strange because I have a couple of posts that my boyfriend is featured on and that’s usually when I get the most hits on my site. My favorite one so far is from Thanksgiving. He dared me to go makeup-free for a whole month. People have been following along to see how the challenge has been going for me. Shameless plug: I’m posting an update this week. I’m almost at the halfway mark of this challenge.

What other beauty bloggers do you like to follow?

I follow all sorts of beauty bloggers, people who have been doing it for years and people who are just starting out. I’m still very new to all of this so I like to have a well-rounded network of connections.

How did you decide on your blog name?

I’m a complete newb if you couldn’t tell by now. The name “I Sort of Beauty” is very fitting. I guess I could have went with “A Blog About a Girl Who Knows Nothing About Beauty” would have worked nicely as well. 🙂

What would be one thing you would do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?

That’s a tough one because I dive head first into things even when I know that there’s a chance I’ll fail at it.