There is a health alert with this post… Stand well back as I’m on a rant!
When I was young I imagined grown ups were intelligent and wise. Then I grew up and saw that some were and unfortunately others weren’t. Yesterday I received an email from someone who definitely falls into the latter category and I didn’t take it very well.
I do not do reviews on my blog as it’s not something that I wish to do, nor is it something I’m interested in, so from time to time when I get requests I turn them down. Usually they are very polite, and on occasions are even for somewhat interesting products. Sometimes they address me by name, other times it’s just a ‘Hi’. Neither bother me too much.
What does annoy me is the many times I get an email which is clearly not written by anyone who has ever read my blog, even for research purposes. Of course I do not expect every PR company to study each blog they tout, but why bother pretending? Why must they all say, ‘I’ve been reading your blog and think it will be a great fit for our product.’ Why not just ask would we like to review their product? Why must they all act as if they are doing us a massive favour?
So what happened yesterday?
I received an email from a company with the usual line…” I came across your site and thought it would be a great fit for a project that we’re working on for the Holidays!” The email went on “Let me know if you’re interested and I can send more info, including some unique suggestions.”
Look forward to hearing from you!
I’ll make no comment on their offer of ‘unique suggestions’ or their rather informal ‘best’ as a sign off, as neither were the reason I was irritated. No the reason I was never, ever going to entertain this request for me to write a post for them on my blog, was because they began the email “Hey Daniel”.
So this person was telling me they read my blog yet they could not figure out that the owner and writer of this blog is the person who replies in the contents and is called ‘Tric’ and not the person in many posts named Daniel, who at the age of 13 passed away from leukemia three years ago.
Really? Is that the very best you could do?
PR companies please get your act together. Respect those you are emailing and understand that it is bloggers who are doing you the favour not vice versa.
So if Ms XYZ you are indeed reading my blog, this post is especially for you.