Friday 5: 5 Ways To Annoy A Blogger!

FRIDAY 5 | | November 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm

dear mommy

Dang, is it Friday already? How did that happen? I feel like I was just late yesterday writing my Friday 5, but here I am again, not really late, but not as early as I promise myself every week. Well today at least I managed to get my counters clean (well I mean clear) so you can see what color the countertops are, and that is not a pretty sight, mind you, so I feel like I am on top of my game. Not that that has anything with my Friday 5 topic today but felt so proud that I felt it was important to share with all my readers. Wow, don’t unsubscribe yet, here’s this weeks edition from the Friday 5 series. In the interest of not annoying a blogger I urge anyone working/pitching/approaching a blogger to NOT:

  • Send me an email addressed Dear Blogger! Seriously if your (paid) time is so precious that you can’t take the courtesy to read the About page, then my (unpaid) time is too precious to even bother to read the rest of your email. Delete!
  • Give me the “Story Idea“. Who is the writer anyway? Do you think my blog is just real estate and you can park your crap there anytime. Don’t “help” me out. If I need it, I sure know where to ask, and I promise to spell your name correctly if I do (hint, hint!)
  • Ask me if I need high resolution images to review your product. Unless you are selling high resolution images to people, don’t expect me to put my name on the line for something I can’t see for myself. It may be surprising to learn that many readers really value our opinion and we value being honest.
  • Beat around the bush. Those long winded emails are frustrating, please just get to the point. As someone who has kids in the background tearing the place apart (and hopefully not each other), every minute longer that I spend trying to find your point makes me less thrilled.
  • Pick my brain. Whether you are old or new acquaintance trying to get find out contacts, strategy is pretty tacky. Firstly strategy is not free, it is knowledge we have obtained through work and it is our commodity. Blatantly asking for contacts puts us on the spot. We don’t send (sell) out our contact’s details and if we make an introduction it automatically says that we are recommending you and puts pressure on the contact to react on it. If we barely know you or can’t totally vouch for you, it really makes it an awkward position for us.
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