Friday, October 28, 2011

a public relations announcment

I haven't written too much lately because I've been drowning in school work. Remind me to never take three classes at once again - all of which have major final projects. But I need to take a break from writing a human resources evaluation of a library (fun!) to bitch for a moment.

It is an incredible honor to win a big blog award. As a result, I've met some great women, and I've had a chance to be a part of some truly meaningful initiatives. The downside to this is emails. I'm getting more emails about promoting people's events, services, and products than ever before.

Let me just say it: the answer is no.

Unless it's for RESOLVE or I am personally involved in the event/product/service, such as the event I posted about last week, no. I will not promote whatever it is you want me to promote on my site.

As the owner and writer of this shit show, I don't exactly feel like I need to explain why I refuse to post someone else's stuff here. But I will anyway - just for kicks:

Reason #1: I don't know you from Joe Schmoe. So how do I know that whatever it is you're trying to get me to post about is legit? I don't, and that is a pretty scary thought. The thing is, when I promote it, I am putting my name on it. I don't want to put my name on or near something that I know nothing about.

Reason #2: This is my personal space, and I write about very personal things here. It's one thing for me to post about a conference I organized or am speaking at. Because those are personal to me. They are a part of my life. Think of it this way: I wouldn't write about things that didn't concern me in my personal journal. Why would I write them here?

Reason #3... perhaps the biggest: I refuse to whore out my blog, or myself, based on this disease. I'm only going to participate in things if I feel as though they are going to benefit the infertility community and getting our concerns. That means you're never going to see me get paid to review a cookbook on this website. If that disappoints you, read another blog.

There you have it. I hope that was clear enough. If it's not, please sit back and read your email to me one more time. Then ask yourself, Does it have something to do with adoption or infertility advocacy? If not, trash it and save yourself the energy of clicking "send." That way, it saves me the energy of having to click "delete."


Marla said...

Agreed! Some bloggers will whore themselves out for a free bottle of vitamins, but I am picky too. I'm tired of reading reviews that have nothing to do with the blogger's brand. I've turned down quite a few offers myself - besides, I'm pretty sure my readers don't want to see me wearing a form-fitting bustier... well, maybe some do, but they're just creepy. ;p

aliciamarie911 said...

I had adsense on my blog for a while, but I deleted it because I didn't like that the adds that were popping up had nothing to do with the content in my blog. I don't blame you a bit for refusing to post adds for others, especially if you know nothing about them!

Rebecca said...

I don't know if you read the Bloggess or not, but, she has a great response to people who completely randomly send PR things like that to her:

It's most appropriate for when they have done no research whatsoever and say things like "Hey, do you want to post a picture of the Kardashians wearing pantyhose?" (That actually happened.)

foxy said...

Booo to all of the lame-o's who are bothering you with their nonsense.

Cheers to Katie for putting the kibosh on that crap!