Why do we do it.. Well today I had a little chuckle to myself over an incident. Some people seem to have this thought process that all bloggers just get loads of free stuff and win all the competitions just so the whisky company’s can get some free and positive publicity. Now I am not saying this is not true but I can only give my side of the story, I am quite new to the blogging side of things, my site is totally independent of sponsors, I blog alone and all content written by me is down to my own thought process. I know some of the bigger blogs that have been going for some time do recieve lots of samples in order to review, most of these are reviewed with total honesty, some may have a slight influence and yes I am sure some will be written in Order to carry on receiving more samples, ( or sponsorship for the site they run) this though will be quite rare. Yes I do receive some samples and I have been very grateful, but it has not influenced my thoughts, why should it ! Most of us bloggers do it because we love to tell others about what we have tried, we love to drink whisky ( and whatever else we can try) this is not a crime and this does not mean we are for sale, some people think if given a sample for review this means you have to give a positive review, only those that are weak minded or unscrupulous would go down that route.. Most whisky is good, plenty is great but there really is not too much out there that is bad, this is why you don’t get many bad comments ! So when you next read one of the reviews from a blogger just remember it is our opinion, it is not gospel, it does not mean rush out there and buy it nor does it mean its crap if we don’t like it.. It is just an opinion, also if a blogger happens to win a competition it is not fixed, everyone has the right to enter and everyone has the same chance of winning.. Most bloggers put a tremendous amount of time into their blogs, most people do not realise just what it takes to run a successful blog, my little corner takes a good few hours a week so when you look at the bigger blogs this is almost a life choice. These guys and girls( yes there are some fantastic blogs out there run by women ) live, breath and dream whisky so next time they review or win something don’t give them a hard time.. They deserve it as much as anyone else..