On Fridays, I typically try to share with you something that happened during the week that made me laugh. This week, it’s brought to you by the letter P.
Not really. But I’ll get there. You see, for those who aren’t familiar with the daily grind of having a blog, I get a lot of emails. A freaking LOT of emails. A majority of them are offers from freelance writers, marketing folks, and PR “gurus” who claim they have “really great content” that my readers “would really find valuable.” In other words, they are asking me to post pre-written articles with advertising links in them – for free, and disguised as a guest post (which usually violates certain standards we have to adhere to from the FTC). One even asked (with an intro to “Dear,” – yep, they left the name blank), “Did you know that readers frequent the same sites repeatedly because they like the topics featured?”
Nope. I pretty much figured you guys read this blog because of all the free pie.
This is simply the nature of having a blog, no matter the size. Media companies and writers have a job to do, and we just get used to saying “No, thank you.” Because that’s not what I want my blog to be about, either (I read a ton of other blogs, so seeing these things as a reader annoys me too). But sometimes, you come across a gem that just makes you laugh.
A little less than a year ago, I went to my friend Lindsey’s house (a real-life friend turned blogger friend when she started her own) for a fun little photo shoot (click here for that post). I needed a new head shot, and after just having returned from a blogger conference, I wanted something on par with what I saw other bloggers doing… with a twist. There were a few things I learned during the shoot (and since):
- I am really awkward. I will never be cool. This is my lot in life, and it’s better that I embrace it. Funny shit happens when you just let go.
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) is the absolute perfect paint to put in your hair. Part of its appeal is that it can be mixed with water for a washing technique. Which became my bonus benefit that it washes right out.
- If you put paint on your face for your blog’s head shot, people will be unable to recognize you in certain circles, even if they read your blog. And if they are looking for you in a crowd, they will (for some reason) imagine that you will be wearing face paint in everyday life.
So what do these two stories have to do with each other? This week, I received an email from Mark, a rep from Butcher Block Co. He didn’t try to sell me on the idea, but simply inquired whether or not I accept guest posts. (For the record: I pretty much only accept before & after projects from readers or other bloggers showing their actual homes). And then, he said this:
Love the picture on your home page, by the way. You’re like the Pocahontas of home repair!
Dude. So awesome. I want a T-shirt with this on it (and another that says, “What the frass?!?“). And just like that, his website wound up in a blog post after all. Looks like they have some pretty decent products, too. And in full disclosure, none of this was paid for by those guys. I just like a good chuckle every now and then.
Have a GREAT weekend, everyone!