Typically, I never go on about the same rant for days on end. Well, in real life I may, but not here on my blog.
But grrrr, there are some comments in my post here that gave me cold pricklies because I think that the point was completely missed. And, seeing as it’s my blog and I’m allowed to have the last word…
This conversation is continued.
I value my relationships, both with my blog friends and my PR friends. Yes, I have accepted tickets to events, which I’ve taken my family to. In return, I’ve tweeted and whrrled and all the social media stuff that was expected. I have five kids and would never have been able to take all of them to the circus or to Disney on Ice. BUT…that is a form of payment, compensation, whatever you want to call it. Those are the PR firms that I will work with. Because it shows that they value us, our opinions and our work. And I have built friendships with those wonderful people.
When a PR company asks me to promote an event that sounds SUPER fantabulous, and it’s in MY city…shouldn’t there be a ticket to that event for my use? So that I can give my posts and tweets some authenticity? Transparency? Whatever. It’s THOSE that I’m having a hard time with. The generic email with my name or blog name typed in, in different font, asking me to promote, promote, promote and giving nothing back. To me? THAT is unethical.
Yes, the bottom line is, there needs to be some sort of incentive or reason that we are going to spend quality time working on something for someone else. It’s human nature. Journalists and PR aren’t giving away something for nothing, right?
And Declan, in response to your little snipe about my wanting my cake? Yes, of course. Doesn’t everybody? You want to be able to go to work, do your job and get appreciated with some sort of payment too. Or, you just go to work for the hell of it? I’m not complaining about blogging. I love it and if you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’d know that accusation is unfounded and ridiculous.
The sponsored ads on my blog? Are the same thing, presumably, as ads in a newspaper. This blogger has five kids to help support. A few hundred dollars here or there helps. So heck yeah, someone wants to advertise on Rock and Drool or You Won’t Go Blind and it’s non-offensive in nature, then for sure I’m accepting of it.
As for journalists getting compensated? I have a bunch of journalist friends. They do get compensated because it’s part of their paycheck. Read some of the educated comments on the previous post.
My friends that read my blog know, without a doubt, that they will get a completely honest take out of me, no matter what was involved. My opinions are NEVER swayed. If I don’t like something, I don’t care if you gave me a huge check, I’m going to tell the world that your product sucks. And you know what? I’ve had companies come back to me for reviews because they admire my honesty.
But, I don’t do reviews too often. So, that’s neither here nor there.
It is annoying that, once again, the point is being missed by some. We bloggers aren’t necessarily asking for money or product. We are asking that we stopped being stepped on and taken advantage of. Blogging is the new form of journalism and we bloggers need to be equally treated, acknowledged and respected.