Our main stream media did not help much too. "We" are known for more negative than postive to many. "We" will do anything and everything to get viewerships. From online blog wars, leaking of naked photos, getting a sponsored boob job or to getting a sponsorship of $40,000 for your birthday party.
There are also many articles online about how bloggers can be a diva. Articles teaching PR professional on how to handle bloggers or even sending them a "proper" email. We have also seen a lot of tweets from bloggers that complains about "bad PR practices" which I am also guilty of. We get offended by a lot of things, by the fact that you call us by the wrong name, you mass send an email to hundreds or bloggers without using BCC etc.
So are bloggers really hard to handle and a pain in the ass? And what's our deal?
Bloggers are only human. We are not celebrity, we are not role model, we are not professionally trained to be a blogger and neither are we your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. As much as we wish to be helpful to every brand and PR company, we ain't there to be a victim of bad PR practices. We have a full time job and blogging is just a hobby. Sorry that we don't have all the time to do everything you want or reply all your emails. Why you gonna be so rude? Don't you know I'm human too?
Why This Blogpost
Why this blog post? I do not want to be naming and shaming but I just wish to take this opportunity to share a little with anyone who is approaching bloggers. I understand that not every company or project has the capability and budget to get a proper PR company to get in touch with bloggers and thus many has decided to do it themselves.
Here's the recent incident that inspired this article. If you are lazy to read the screen shot, just jump to my conclusion after this.
Correct me if I am wrong. Correct me if I am being too much of an ass here which obviously I don't think I am.
Things that I am kinda uncomfortable here
1. Yo BRO. I do not even know you. BRO?
2. My Email can be found almost everywhere online with a simple search. I think it is pretty cool to know me on instagram but messaging me on this platform for a discussion ain't exactly something I feel good with.
3. I think it's really cool and flattering to get a request to be part of something but I guess to not waste anybody's time, a brief overview of the program will make more sense to me. Not just for my convenience of interest but also if I have the capability to fulfil any request. A good sales pitch is always important but I think before the sales pitch goes, you need something to attract another party to attend.
4. If you think your idea is very cool and do not wish to share much, you should really not be finding anyone to do collaboration. I might be jumping into conclusion about him not wanting to share but it is how it seems i guess.
Did I do anything wrong?
So what do you guys think? Did I do anything wrong? Should I have just met him? Should I have talk to him nicer?
I guess, end of the day people are casting too much expectation onto us bloggers. The truth is we are only human, not superhero and will never be, because saving the world ain't our duty.