It’s a good thing I spoke with my friend this morning. I was all prepared to pick my daughters up from camp on Friday. I was looking forward to it. I had planned on doing what it is we do every year when we pick them up from the bus stop. We pile them and their filthy luggage, jam packed with their clothes mixed with some of their cabin-mates clothes swished around with buckets of sand mixed with funky looking bugs, into the car. We drop all the grossness off at the pay per pound laundromat. Because I learned after the first year and I will NEVER do their laundry from camp again. EVER. Traumatized by the bugs *shudder*. I decided it’s much nicer to let someone else have to play with that sand and stuff. This way, I can spend more time with my daughters, directly. Yeah, that’s my story. The one I’m sticking with.
Anyway…like I was saying. It’s a good thing my friend called me. You see, turns out I’m supposed to pick them up on Thursday. Yeah. Thursday. Poor girls would have been standing there, knee deep in luggage and slime, waiting for that airhead they call Mommy to come and get them.
So I guess, my plans have moved up a day. Which means the mani/pedi I was going to take them to get on Saturday, has been moved up to Friday. Not a bad deal. And besides, I miss them. A day earlier than I thought…yay!
I may be a blogger. But…I’m also a consumer.
I spend money.
Maybe not a ton, all the time. But I do.
Just like a have a bunch of Twitter friends. Not a ton, but I do. Good friends.
I have received follow requests on Twitter from some of the companies and stores where I shop.
So…they…are following ME first. Right?
Until I return their follow. Then, we are following each other. Sounds fun, eh? Get to know each other. Know more about their product. They get to learn more about us as bloggers and shoppers. It’s a win-win of sorts.
I love learning about new and improved STUFF. New brands.
I’m the consummate consumer.
But here’s the thing.
If I’m tweeting to them. To ask a question. To engage. Knowing they are following me. And they are ignoring me completely. Yet, I see them only speaking…chasing after, the “big” or “influential” bloggers. Not only do I not want to follow them anymore.
You aren’t the only ones offering the product I’m looking for. You’re all interchangeable. I can buy bras elsewhere. I can buy shoes elsewhere. Facial creams.
Six and one half dozen, if you catch my drift.
I just think it’s rude. You can’t just look to the “big” bloggers. There are more of us littler guys than them. If you keep ignoring us, we’ll start walking right by your displays in the stores and head right towards your competitors section. You are representing your product or your company.
Just like we are representing our blog.
We are expected to blog with integrity and to act with some sort of decorum.
So are you.
Just like my @RockDrool persona represents my blog…
You, the @ on Twitter have become, whether you like it or not, the product you represent.
You need to prove to me why I should be spending my families hard earned money on your product, as opposed to your competitions.
Keep that in mind.
Because I do.
Tara R. says
Excellent point on the company follows. if they come to you first, they need to continue to ‘court’ you and not ignore you for a potentially bigger ‘catch.’ 10 little bloggers will represent more consumer dollars that one major blogger.
LOL That totally sounds like me not knowing when to pick my children up! Have a great day with them!
Whew! Good thing you made that phone call!
And I agree with you on the tweets thing. We are the consumers. Treat us with respect.
Looking forward to Monday! ((Hugs))
I’m kind of a hypocrite. I want to blog for ME and not for free loot but at the same time I wish companies were sending me stuff we need to review. We can’t afford to buy Peanut a new carseat and I’d love to review one so we don’t have to buy it but I don’t think I have enough readers…. I don’t follow companies on Twitter. They can follow me but I don’t reciprocate.
I think you would have received a cell phone call before too long if the kids were left standing next to their bags of laundry…
Interesting point about corporate Twitter exchanges. As with any relationships in life, a little reciprocity goes a long way.