I'm joining the Un Mom for Random Tuesday Thoughts for the first time since mine are all over the place lately. Looks like fun, huh?
I wasn't going to post this, but I've been rolling my eyes and biting my tongue for so long now that I just had to. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Let me start out by saying I love social networking, I love blogging, I love tweeting, etc...
Is anyone else noticing the rash of mama-drama, twitter wars, hate-filled blog posts and more?
Seriously, what's up with that. Some is jealousy, but it goes way beyond that.
I'm not singling anyone out and this isn't directed at any person or blog specifically, but sheesh grow up already!
Some of it, I am sure is to get hits to their sites- he said, she said, we did, they did, blah blah blah!
Who the heck cares? Sure, you are going to get comments because like a train-wreck a large number of people can't seem to look away. And the more popular you are the more people will side with you- not because you are "right" or somebody done you wrong, but because they haven't reached the maturity level to get over their need to fit in with the cool kids.
Why, oh why do you feel the need to air your dirty laundry? It makes everyone involved look like sophomoric middle schoolers.
In case you are unfamiliar with the term:
soph·o·mor·ic (s f -môr k, -m r -). adj. 1. Of or characteristic of a sophomore. 2. Exhibiting great immaturity and lack of judgment: sophomoric behavior.
People, life is hard. Why the heck are we treating each other like crap when there is enough to worry about with just doing the best we can for our families?
Whining because blogger a makes enough to support their family and you don't- uh, hello, some is luck, but most is hard work and time.
If you want to present yourself as an authority or expect us to value what you say, grow up already.
Review bloggers- sorry, but when the majority of your post is cut and pasted from the site you might get me to enter if it is something I want to win, but when I am purchasing something, yours is the last opinion I will trust or value.
Do you hear that, sponsors? I would much rather you had your product on a smaller blog with someone who isn't just posting to get you hits to your site and them hits to their site and a free product to sample.
I don't know if it is because they are overwhelmed or they don't care but I am seriously sick and tired of reading the same thing on 20 different blogs. Sure, it might get your site hits, but I am betting it doesn't make those of us who enter think very highly of your company or product.
This one is for both bloggers and sponsors. Sure, I'd like someone to give me appliances and furniture, trips for my family, cash and gc's to shop with and heck, while we're at it a convertible or jeep, but I won't review things that don't suit my family or blog audience like I have seen many, many bloggers do. Oh I don't have anyone this suits, but I have a neighbor of a friend of a friend. Hello, there are a gazillion other bloggers who would be delighted to give a firsthand account from their own experience not just a secondhand review of a quickie test. Sorry, something might look like a blast for an hour or so but fall apart in a week- give us the REAL scoop if you want our loyalty.
Does a higher page rank or more hits really mean more to you than satisfied consumers or your integrity? If someone only has infants or toddlers, they are not the bloggers you should be seeking out to test something for tweens or teens.
Sour grapes? Not at all. I work with a few sponsors and pick and choose those products I genuinely think we and our readers will enjoy. That is not always the case as not everything lives up to the hype (surprise, surprise). Just this morning I passed on 5 opportunities and accepted one. Why? Because I don't think the others are anything I would want or use.
I do not get the bloggers who claim they won't post negative reviews. Why the heck should I trust you when you hide the fact that if I bought x, y, or z I will be disappointed? I would rather you told me up front hey this looked wicked good, but we were bored in 20 minutes or whatever. Then, I would believe when you said something was excellent that it was worth me doing a little checking of my own to see if it was right for the people in my life.
While I am on the subject- it kind of annoys me when some sponsors give the review bloggers the cream of the crop to review- a recent example is a deluxe bedding set- and only a pillow to give away. Hello, that kind of sucks. It makes more sense to do it the other way around unless you are trying to "buy" a good review. Yeah, I am going to be super popular among sponsors, but heck I have an opinion and I know how to use it.
And I will know the sponsors who choose to work with me truly believe in their products. Which makes me want to give them a chance.