I can’t help it. I’m overloaded with a bunch-o-junk in my head. And I can’t concentrate on more than one thing for longer than a minute. None of it is stand alone, blog post worthy. But generally, none of my posts are. I’m so lucky to have friends that come humor me 🙂
So. There is this 11 year old girl that lives with me. Supposedly, I gave birth to her. It’s questionable because this little girl that I remember was so sweet and easy going. The kind of kid that other Mom’s wished for.
The one that is living with me is over-emotional, indecisive and moody. Wait, I did mention that she is 11, right?
Anyways. The last couple of years, she has gone away to sleepover camp. And has LOVED it. Except for the hiking or canoe trip AND bug bites. Other than that, she comes home from camp when the month is over and plans who she is going to bunk with the following year.
This year, however, since this over-emotional, indecisive and moody child has taken the place of my sweet and easy-going child, she decided she didn’t want to go. After I had signed her up and had begun paying for it.
She would have been leaving on Tuesday with her older sister. On the bus.
Their luggage is supposed to be dropped off on Sunday. THIS Sunday.
And my daughter, after weeks of claiming that she was NOT going. After weeks of arguing back and forth with me that she’d rather be bored and whiny.
She announced today that she’s decided that she is going to go to camp after all. And I need to take her shopping to get all the shit that she needs. So that her luggage can be ready to be dropped off on Sunday.
So it appears that my daughters are going to BOTH be going to camp. Tuesday. Before I leave for Blogher!
So there is this PR black-out thingamabob controversy going on.
I don’t do a ton of reviews. Well, hardly any at all.
And I don’t do many giveaways. Because it’s too much work and no one pays. It’s not worth it to me. I have a giveaway going on now but I happen to like this PR company. They are awesome and wonderful to deal with.
There is another PR company that I’ll be wooing soon.
At first I thought the black-out was a genius idea. An allocated amount of time in August for bloggers to just be bloggers. No reviews. No giveaways. No nothing. Just getting back to basics and BLOG.
But then I started thinking about this.
It’s not so genius.
You see. The giveaway and review bloggers have made this choice. They aren’t being forced, with any type of weapon to their head (I’m assuming) to do reviews or giveaways. It’s a decision that has been made, while in a fully conscious state. It’s not like they put up the review or giveaway and had this sudden realization that, “holy shit I’m not getting paid!” *forehead slap*
So this black out. It’s sort of, well, silly. Because if you don’t want to review. And if you don’t want to do giveaways. Then…just don’t do it.
The claim is that it’s nothing against any of the PR companies. But is it? Is there, perhaps, a passive-aggressive statement being made?
I’ve started a review blog, which will be launched when I get back from Blogher. I’m fully aware of the fact that my chances of getting paid to review are low. But I still have made this decision that I’m kind of interested in pursuing this. I think it’s neat to get all this stuff. Try it out. And talk about it. The good, bad and UGLY. Because we ALL KNOW I have a bad habit of speaking my mind.
If I get paid…terrific.
But it’s MY decision as to whether or not I’ll review everything that comes my way.
You see I can type, very easily:
Dear PR Company,
No thank you, I’m not interested at this time. But please keep me in mind for future products.