I have to get this off my chest. Because, well, I’m exceptionally annoyed.
You see, I get pitched…all the time…by PR companies. They “enjoy my blog” and think that my “readers will benefit” from whatever product they are wanting to promote. Or, I get asked to advertise events, via my blog and other social media outlets that I use. They let me know that I should feel free to contact the chairperson for said event or publisher or whomever is higher than the PR person, should I want an interview.
This is great. I would love to promote, advertise, interview…WHATEVER.
But, you see, those PR people are getting paid to contact us to do that heavy lifting for them, because that’s exactly what it ends up being with all the work we do writing, tweeting, facebooking and etc. And, with all their contacts, they probably get a bunch of us bloggers doing all that work. Which reaches gazillions of people. Quite possibly far more than those couple of PR people who are reaching out to us little bloggers could touch.
Yet…they aren’t offering any compensation. Of any kind.
Here’s my say…
I’ve been blogging for four years and active in social media for three. I’ve learned as much about all this wonderful internet stuff as any college graduate minus the fancy degrees and loans to pay back. All I have is a LLC after my name, a page rank of 3, a reach of 54,000 and a Klout of 65. It’s not amazing but it’s mine.
I’ve worked really freaking hard to build and nurture my community. Close friendships have been made and more are growing all the time. My garden is blooming and bursting. And those flowers are freaking fabulous.
You want me to reach out to my friends, my readers? You want me to spend time writing posts, writing tweets, updating my facebook, figuring out Quora so that I can help promote your event, your product, your ebook?
You like me? You like my blog? You’d like me to do something for you?
You’d never go to a store and expect to not pay for the product you are purchasing. Would you?
You can’t expect to take my words and my time and not give anything in return.
I don’t think that you would EVER promote my blog on your website, your twitter, your facebook for free, now would you?
P.S. I have a lot of PR friends in the area. I love them dearly. This isn’t personal. This is business and yes, blogging is a business.
UPDATE: I COMPLETELY forgot to mention this, and I haven’t been home all day because I was in the hospital with my mother. But…
What I wanted to add to this is, when I say something for nothing, I mean absolutely nothing. I’m not talking about the times I’ve received tickets to events as incentive because I don’t consider that to be nothing. I’ve been able to take my whole family to the circus and Disney on Ice due to some wonderful relationships with PR friends. And to Tweet/Whrrl/Facebook to be able to take my family out for the evening? It’s my pleasure. And THAT I completely appreciate!