Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

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!


  1. says

    LOL. I love your posts. This made me laugh out loud. My poor little blog gets NO email! I really suck at it! It seriously is taking me over two months to finish this wooden sign I’m working on. I want to say my life is soooo hectic, but I know how hectic your life really is!!! Can I blame it on being older than you? No? Well, them I’m blaming my husband who made me buy a brand new house instead of the 100+ year old Greek Revival that had a million projects and the coolest features. I married him why? LOL. Just kidding. I’m sure he looked at that house was like, “no freaking way!” So, my poor blog might get a post sometime this summer. Keep up the great work. I always look forward to reading your stuff.

    • Sarah says

      Emails trickle in at first. But that is Definitely not the reason I blog (or why anyone else should, for that matter). It’s just a side part of the nature of blogging. The fun stuff is in sharing stories and getting feedback from readers!

  2. says

    I saw that comment the other day…things that make you go Hmmmm, right?

    I rarely get e-mails via my blogs (probably because I’ve never really trolled for followers or tagged my posts to make them more searchable), but I did get one of those lovely robo-mails about how my product is just what those readers who like such products and would very likely use such products would like to read about. Really?

    Peace out Poca!

    • Sarah says

      Haha, I understand. And “Poca” – nice. Ha. I can think of SO MANY things my guy friends are now going to start calling me :/

  3. says

    It would have made my week. I am a new blogger and I have to say that I have a long way to go before I get to your quality of blogging. Thanks for opening my eyes to the funny and personal side of blogging.

  4. says

    Those pictures of you are fantastic! Really great, you are so pretty! Maybe Mr. Butcher Block is the guy for you! You never know!

  5. Sabina says

    try inoreader.com.. Just like GR and they are adding functionality all the time !

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