Blogging With Integrity

Happy National Bloggers Day, Indonesia
Selamat Hari Blogger National, Indonesia!

I didn’t even realized such day existed since 2012 until Mbak Yo mentioned me on Twitter this morning thus, inspiring this post. Bedank, Mbak Yo!
Ternyata hari Blog ini sudah dicanangkan sejak tahun 2012 dan saya baru ngeh loh. Haduh, langsung mingkem malu. Baru sadar saat di tweet oleh Mbak Yo tadi pagi. Makasih ya Mbak!

How does it feels to be a blogger in Indonesia?
Bagaimana Rasanya Menjadi Blogger di Indonesia?

I’ve been blogging for um…*cough* eleven *cough* years and counting. Quite a long time. Back then the word blogger didn’t even exist I think or maybe it did. Anyway, that’s not the point.
Saya sudah ngeblog selama…sebelas tahun (kaget sendiri pas ngitung!). Rasanya saat saya mulai dulu istilah blogger itu belum ada deh atau mungkin sudah ada cuman saya aja nggak mudeng yah.

Looking back, blogging has opened doors for me that leads to many exciting experiences and not so exciting ones.
Blogging sudah banyak banget membuka pintu-pintu peluang untuk saya selama ini. Pengalaman-pengalaman itu ada yang seru dan yang kurang seru juga pastinya.

What does blogging means to me?
Makna Blogging buat saya?

I did not set out to conquer the world and become a blogging queen – although that would be pretty awesome. It all started from the love of words, the love of writing, the love of stringing words together that express my thoughts and feelings.
Waktu mulai nulis dulu saya nggak pernah berniat untuk jadi ratu blogging atau menaklukkan dunia dengan tulisan saya – eh, tapi kalo bisa seru juga kali ya? Semuanya berawal dari kecintaan saya dengan menulis, kecintaan merangkai kata-kata yang bisa mengekspresikan perasaan dan pikiran saya.

I just love writing.
Saya cinta menulis.

I remember when I was still in Junior High and I entered countless of writing contests in school and proudly announced to my family that one day I will become a writer.
Saya masih ingat saat saya di SMP dan sering banget ikutan lomba nulis di sekolah dan saya mengumumkan kepada keluarga kalo saya mau jadi penulis saja nanti.

The essence of it all is my passion for writings.
Dasarnya ya karena kecintaan saya dalam menulis.

My blog became a home to display my writings. It connects me to people from near and far. From South Africa down to New Zealand. From Jakarta to America. Blogging helps me heals. Blogging connects me to single moms in Indonesia resulting in the existence of Single Moms Indonesia.
Blog saya jadi tempat untuk berbagi tulisan. Blog saya menghubungkan saya dengan orang-orang dari berbagai penjuru dunia. Dari Afrika Selatan sampai ke New Zealand. Dari Jakarta sampai Amerika. Blogging juga membantu proses healing saya. Blogging mempertemukan saya dengan single moms yang berujung dengan terlahirnya support group kami Single Moms Indonesia.

Blogging makes the world smaller. It fits into our palms literally through our smart phones/gadgets.
Blogging membuat dunia jadi semakin kecil yah. Muat di tangan kita via smart phones/gadgets.

As an Indonesian blogger, I am in awe at how fast the growth of blogging has been going here. More and more companies are realizing how valuable blogger can be for their brands. Seeing bloggers being acknowledge is pretty awesome and made me proud to be a blogger!
Sebagai blogger Indonesia saya cukup kagum loh dengan perkembangan dunia blogging yang pesat di sini. Semakin banyak perusahaan yang menyadari betapa pentingnya peran blogger untuk membantu brands mereka. Menyaksikan bagaimana bloggers semakin diakui bikin saya bangga loh jadi blogger.

Blogging then becomes quite a competitive grounds. Everyone wants to make money from blogging. Who doesn’t? And I do understand the needs to make extra income, especially at these times.
Tapi lantas dunia blogging ini juga jadi kompetitif ya. Semua orang pengen nyari uang tambahan dari blogging. Siapa sih yang nggak mau? Saya juga ngerti kok betapa pentingnya kalau bisa mempunyai penghasilan tambahan apalagi di jaman sekarang ini.

The first time I monetized my blog I felt a bit awkward. I felt like I was selling myself short. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot. I now follow my instincts when it comes to deciding who to collaborate/work with. I’ve been blessed to be able to work with some amazing brands, but I also learned to say no.
Saya ngerasa aneh banget loh waktu pertama kali me-monetized blog. Rasanya seperti ngejual diri banget. Lama-lama saya jadi makin banyak belajar dan sekarang saya lebih bergantung pada insting saat memutuskan untuk bekerjasama dengan brands/products. Selama ini saya bersyukur sudah diberikan kesempatan dan kepercayaan untuk bekerjasama dengan brands yang amazing, tapi saya juga belajar untuk menolak secara halus tentunya.

Blogging With Integrity
Blogging Dengan Integritas

Blogging with Integrity

Monetizing my blog does not constitute me wanting to blast every inch of my blog with ads. It doesn’t mean I will take any review post/sponsored posts blindly. Why not you ask? It’s just my principles, my values that I will only do a review post of items/products/services that I had personally used/experienced from. I refused to put press releases because it does not fit my blog and my niche.
Me-monetized blog saya bukan lantas berarti setiap sudut blog saya ini bisa disewain untuk iklan. Itu juga bukan berarti saya akan menerima semua tawaran review post yang saya dapat. Kenapa nggak? Mungkin ada yang nanya. Ya, karena saya berprinsip kalau saya hanya akan nulis review untuk product/barang/servis yang memang sudah saya pake sendiri. Saya menolak memuat press release karena memang tidak sesuai dengan niche blog saya.

I truly believe in blogging with integrity. What is that even mean? It means if it is a sponsored post, there will be a clear and obvious statement that the post is a sponsored one. It means that I am not going to write a post boastfully praising product X while in reality they suck. No, first of all, I choose to only work with brands that are align with my brand, with what I believe. Nothing wrong with being selective. Also, I feel like I owe my readers to write honestly no matter what my opinion is about.
Menurut saya blogging yang berintegritas itu penting. Apaan juga sih maksudnya? Gampangnya ya kalo kita emang dibayar untuk nulis sesuatu yah mbok ada statementnya kalau tulisan sponsor. Itu artinya saya nggak akan nulis yang berbunga-bunga untuk suatu produk walaupun produk itu sebenernya nggak ok. Yang pasti saya akan pilih-pilih apa produk itu sesusai dengan brand saya dan dengan apa yang saya yakini atau nggak. Lebih selektif itu nggak salah kok. Saya juga ngerasa apapun pendapat yang saya tulis di blog itu semuanya harus jujur alias nggak bohongin pembaca yang udah bela-belain mampir.

“But if you get paid, why not just write?” You may ask.
“Tapi kalo dibayar kenapa nggak nulis aja sih?” Mungkin pertanyaannya itu.

Yes, but it will not sit right with my soul. I tried that before in my early years of blogging. A rookie mistake that left me feeling like I sold my soul for some money. It’s a different story when you work with brands that have the same beliefs as you or in a cause that you support. In the blogosphere, it’s not just about the money, my dear.
Bisa aja sih tapi kok ya nggak sreg di hati gitu. Dulu saya pernah kayak gini kok. Kesalahan blogger pemula yang bikin perasaan saya nggak tenang merasa menjual diri demi sedikit uang. Lain cerita kalau kamu kerjasama dengan brands yang kamu percaya atau untuk tujuan yang kamu dukung. Buat saya dunia perbloggingan ini tidak selamanya semua diukur dengan uang.

I created a Disclosure Policy also PR Page and put it on here to show that I believe in blogging with integrity. My PR Page explains the kinds of brands I wish to collaborate with. I even took the pledge here.
Itulah sebabnya saya bikin Disclosure Policy dan PR Page ya semacam pernyataan resmi yang saya pasang di blog untuk nunjukin bahwa saya ngeblog dengan integritas. Laman PR saya ngejelasin jenis produk apa yang saya bersedia untuk kerjasama. Ada janjinya juga loh. Coba aja check websitenya.

How do you feel about a national blogger day? What do you think about blogging with integrity?
Gimana pendapat kamu soal hari blogger? Menurut kamu ngeblog berintegritas itu gimana?



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10 Comments on Blogging With Integrity

  1. Tamara
    October 29, 2015 at 7:56 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been blogging for five years now and I’m finding my way on the monetization front. I don’t really do ads unless it’s BlogHer and that’s been a long relationship. And I’m learning to not say yes to every sponsored post! Sheesh, it took me awhile.
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  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    October 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I started my blog for the same reasons. Then it just seemed to take on a life of its own 🙂

  3. Ourfamilyworld
    October 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, eleven years is a long time. Blogging with integrity is very important. Your readers will keep on coming back to read your blog if they know that you are passionate with what you do and your articles are worth reading.
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  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    October 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post. Of course, we want to make money with our blogs, but we have to be true to ourselves in the process. We have to be true to our readers, as well!
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  5. Febbie Jalan2Liburan
    October 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm (2 years ago)

    dan pada akhirnya yang bertahan memang blogger yang berintergritas, yg ikut2an dan murahan akan terhempas dgn sendirinya 🙂
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  6. Mrs Tubbs
    November 9, 2015 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post. Integrity in everything you do is so important. As you rightly say, some things are more precious than money

  7. riawani elyta
    December 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow….11 years konsisten itu bener2 nunjukin integritas mbak 😀 salut 😀


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