So there I was at the grocery store check out, the cashier gave me my total, and while it was a little bit higher than usual, I knew I had it covered. I carefully pulled out my glossy high resolution images of some cash I was lucky to have last month. ‘No’ the lady politely said ‘we don’t take paper’. hmmm…technology is really taking over the world, I thought. But no worries, I always carry a back up memory stick in purse.
What??? high res images won’t buy my groceries????
As a blogger every day my inbox is infiltrated with mass amounts of ‘great opportunities’ for me to post about companies, products, services and events with the promise of high res images in return.
Wow, um, thank you???
So let’s get this straight. Companies pay pr firms cash to create crafty pitches which get sent to bloggers in the hopes that we promote them for…..free? What’s in it for me?
Contrary to popular belief by some, bloggers are not desperate for topics to write about, our calendars can be filled months in advance. We work, live, and play in social media, and I get it, you want a piece of that pie. But it doesn’t come for free.
Because my hydro, internet, domain name, hosting fees, web design, and apparently milk doesn’t come for free either. Not to mention my time. I actually love my family more than I love your product.
Bloggers want to work with brands, as much or more, than the brands who want to slip into our social media space. But not at the cost of selling ourselves short. Asking anyone to work for free is ridiculous and pretending that sending high resolution images and written text on your clients product is a great opportunity is down right insulting. There is room for us all to the play in the same sandbox together, but play fair, and don’t throw sand.