I’m not quite sure what inspired this bout of rants from the sofa snark posting perhaps it was the sweet potato pie I had for breakfast along with this brilliantly done piece over at The Bloggess she covered this subject in her usual outrageously funny way (check the link out, you’ll wet your pants laughing) but I need to add my own rants to hers here.
1. If you take the time to sit down and carefully type out the captcha code on my contact form to send me spam, trust me I will take the time to sit down, block your IP address as well as block/ban your ass from any social media site you might be following me on!
2.Don’t email me telling me how carefully you’ve looked over my site or followed my Twitter timeline and then go onto pitch things like ipad apps, baby formula, diaper products etc to me! Lies, indicating you’ve actually read my stuff when you haven’t is the surest way to land your email in my trash folder.
3. If you’re a small,new brand & need a favor simply asking me to consider helping you in exchange for future consideration goes over a lot better than you getting all butt hurt & offended because I refuse to ask my “highly influential blogging friends” to promote your products, all for the chance that MAYBE you’ll feature us on your site if we win your contest.
4. I love to support my readers & twitter followers by retweeting their great content! If you tweet directly at me with a request for a RT please be sure that what you’ve posted is easily retweetable! Do your homework, use link shorteners like tiny url or bit.ly make your tweet a treat for the sofa snark to retweet!
5. Tweets requesting votes for contests on Facebook. I am increasingly uncomfortable with the fact that in order to vote for anyone in a Contest offered on Facebook that I must first “Like” that company & grant them access to my family & friends. Such activity constitutes endorsement & the premise of The Shoppinqueen is to only endorse brands that I really do like, use or that I honestly feel will be of value to my readers.
I am putting together a Facebook page for this site but will not put up (as has been suggested) a page solely for the purpose of helping people to win prizes, sorry but I don’t roll that way. If you tweet a request at me & you’re a follower/subscriber I do promise to look the company over, if the sponsoring company is a good fit for this site, then you’ll get my vote and/or retweet.Doing anything less cheapens this site & actually hurts the company sponsoring the contest as they aren’t amassing consumers who are truly interested in hearing their message.
Ok, Rants from the Sofa snark wouldn’t be complete without this qualifier, I do not consider myself some sort of special snowflake. That people outside of my own home listen to me is still a rather delightfully shocking concept & I’m amazed & grateful when people follow me or when companies approach me wanting me to promote them. The ShoppinQueen loves her friends, is happy to promote your interests & more than happy to consider relationships with new brands, just please make it respectful & easy for me to help you!
Do you have a pet peeve about anything in social media ? Get it off your chest, come, share your rants with the Sofa Shark!
FTC: I was not compensated for these rants by any company or person named within this post