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In which i receive solicitations

 

Dear ...

I don’t have a very big blog and I certainly don’t have a very large following.  The reasons for this are many and varied but the point is, I do tend to get certain solicitations from other people and it really makes me wonder how closely people are paying attention.

 

For example, a few weeks ago I got a solicitation for a product.  They said that I could use this product and then have a giveaway on my blog.  Now I’m sure that many of you get these all the time but honestly, I rarely get solicitations.

 

Perhaps the name ALL FOOKED UP has something to do with it but still, it’s unusual. Nonetheless this person asked if I host a giveaway.  I had to write her a nice letter back and tell her that first; I’m awful at giving stuff away.  Why I’ve been trying to give my kids away since infancy and I’m still stuck with them and that’s been 22 years.  Second, I simply don’t do stuff like that or reviews or anything on my blog.

 

My blog is for fun.  When it stops being fun I’ll stop blogging.  Simple as that.

 

Today, however, I received TWO letters asking if I would do some link exchanges for guest posts.  I actually do have a guest post EVERY THURSDAY but I’m pretty sure I made it clear that they need to be amusing.

 

And yet, this person asked that I put up a guest post and he even provided me with a sample of his writing.  It was a critique of kids shows.  Yeah, you heard me right. Kids shows.  Shows like:

 

The Backyardigans

Yo Gabba Gabba

The Wonder Pets

Go Diego, Go

Dora The Explorer

Jack’s Big Music Show

Oobi

Ni Hau Kai Lan

 

Now, I’ve heard of some of these shows but seriously? Has this guy even read my blog?  Other than the fact that my kids are 18, 21 and 22 I almost NEVER discuss little kids.  I also state that the post must be amusing so WHY would anyone think that I would want this crap on my blog?

 

Now I’m not The Bloggess or 27bslash6 so I’m not going to ridicule these people either by email or on my blog but seriously people out there, do your fucking homework.

 

Don’t send shit that flat out doesn’t fit the tone of the blog.  Someone once told me that I was doing Go Ahead, Amuse me for selfish reasons and that I used it to get new readers.

 

Honestly?  I mostly feature smaller bloggers and if that was my intention than I’m flat out failing.  It’s true that it did relieve me from writing 5 posts/week and now I only have to write 4 but writing 5 posts is actually quicker than tracking down the posts each week and putting them up.  I did it because I was curious what people thought was “funny” and how in line with them my sense of humor was.

 

The second email I received asked if I had guest posting opportunity’s available.  Why yes, can’t you read? I’ll just tell them they can submit a funny post for Go ahead, amuse me if they’re interested.

 

It astonishes me the things people do for Google rankings.

 

So people out there if you’re reading this?  Please don’t send me crap.  If I wanted crap I could just deal with my paperwork.  People keep sending that shit to me also.

 

I’m just saying …

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26 Comments

  1. Jester Queen
    April 6, 2012

    Oh the selfishness of guest posts. If it nets you new readers, so what? The POINT is that both you AND your guest get traffic from each other. I found you when The Literal Mom guested here. (And seriously, I subscribed that day. You got an F bomb into your title. How could I NOT love your blog!!?!)

    Anyway, you didn’t lose out when your kids grew out of hideous kids shows. {shudder}

    • Lynn
      April 6, 2012

      thanks…i just do it for fun personally. It gives other people a chance and i get a break. win-win

  2. Julie
    April 6, 2012

    I wrote for “Go Ahead Amuse Me” and I don’t have a blog. So there!

    • Lynn
      April 6, 2012

      so there indeed. You can write for any time

  3. Melanie
    April 6, 2012

    How the hell are guest posts selfish? Guest posts introduce your readers to other bloggers and is actually you helping them out. Then when they link to yours you might get a teeny bit of new traffic. You can tell you do it because you think what has been written is amusing.

    People are always going to need something to bitch about I guess. As for the kid show reviews, that’s just amusing in itself. Maybe you should make it a “go ahead amuse me” with a “The fact that this guy thought this made sense, is amusing.” :)

    • Lynn
      April 6, 2012

      i know…some people are so stupid

  4. kathykate
    April 6, 2012

    I dunno how all this guest posting and cross linking brew-ha-ha works, but if I can somehow trade some teenagers out of my house and into yours, or perhaps swap out my 12 year old for your 22 yr old, that’d work for me. Cuz I know it gets worse before it gets better, and w a 12, 15, 17 and 19 yo … i’ve still got a long road ahead of me.

    Still, wouldn’t trade it for the even one Dora show. Not ever. Never go back!

    • Lynn
      April 6, 2012

      ummm…no thanks

  5. injaynesworld
    April 6, 2012

    I’ve gotten offers to do a couple of book reviews and that was kind of interesting in that I really liked the books a lot, and I’m a ho for free stuff. But solicitations for guest posting? It’s tempting sometimes when I can’t think of a thing to write about, but I’d rather pull something out of my own ass than someone else’s. Once I gave away a $25 Amazon gift card because it was my one-year blogoversary though. I don’t get many solicitations anymore and that’s fine with me. I agree with you completely. Read the damn blog before sending requests. Alas, they walk among us… and they vote. ;)

    • Lynn
      April 6, 2012

      Hahaha…and they vote! So funny

  6. Jody Brettkelly
    April 7, 2012

    I can only think of those kids shows – and believe me at one stage of my life I knew all the words to The Wiggles – after a bottle of wine when the glow of the grapes can take the pain away…(BTW, I was totally chuffed to be on your blog, think its really generous of you)

  7. The Mommy Psychologist
    April 8, 2012

    I like to read your posts because you almost always say fuck. I don’t get to use that word nearly as much as I once did. If I saw a review for Yo Gabba Gabba on your page, I might just say fuck it and never come back. And hey- if you ever need a guest poster…well…pick me :)

    • Lynn
      April 8, 2012

      you know i have a guest poster EVERY SINGLE THURSDAY right??? I didn’t say fuck when the kids were young but they’re all pretty old now. I have a filthy mouth. Do you wanna guest post? I have 6/15 available

      • The Mommy Psychologist
        April 8, 2012

        I say fuck even when my son is young. I just do it when I have put myself on time out in my room:) Would love to guest post 6/15. Email me any details. I promise no Yo Gabba Gabba.

  8. Alexarie
    April 8, 2012

    Hi Lynn…Guests posts requests are really very in demand today and this is because they can help them generate traffic and increase google rankings…Some of them are spammy as well..
    Alexarie recently posted..How To Cure A Panic AttackMy Profile

    • Lynn
      April 8, 2012

      Well, I usually don’t do guest posts, only accept funny ones here, and don’t do sponsored links or promotions so … I don’t need them

  9. Liz
    April 8, 2012

    Hey Lynn, as a blogger I read a lot of guest post. And others do a space for the guest post. Through this it can help you increases your blog readers or traffic in your site. Double purpose for double benefits. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
    Liz recently posted..Hcg diet reviewsMy Profile

  10. Shanel
    April 9, 2012

    Hi Lynn, I think I am going to agree with you. I accept knowledgeable and entertaining guest post.But a promotions, I don’t think so.
    Shanel recently posted..Low Carb Diets That WorkMy Profile

  11. Charlenevans
    April 9, 2012

    Hi Lynn,
    Chill! Don’t let those unwanted solicitors ruined your day.. You are here to have fun and let every reader make happy. It’s obviously that they don’t read your blog, they should know that you are blogging only for fun.
    Charlenevans recently posted..glovesMy Profile

  12. Jennifer Worrell
    April 9, 2012

    I found you through thegirlfriendmom who guests posts on your site, and I am all signed up. The Backyardigans is currently blaring while I write this comment. This show does not need reviewing, it just needs to keep my kids quiet so I can find blogs with variations of “fuck” in the title. It’s nice as all hell to meet you…

  13. Heidi19
    April 10, 2012

    Just keep on posting funny and interesting blog.. Don’t mind those crappy solicitors. All we need is fun!
    Heidi19 recently posted..Different Stages Of Arowana Fry Still Attached To the Egg Yolk For Your Viewing Pleasure…My Profile

    • Lynn
      April 10, 2012

      not to worry…I’m not quitting anytime soon. I just think it’s funny when they obviously don’t know the person they’re writing to

  14. Myrna
    April 11, 2012

    Hi Lyn,
    Expect the unexpected things in this world, yes!yes!yes that quitting is not the solution in any condition in which we can encounter for the rest of our life…
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  15. Linda
    April 14, 2012

    Hello Lyn, reading your post is really interesting. You are right, just accept guest post that can amuse you, sure enough your followers will get amused as well.
    Linda recently posted..Alcohol CourseMy Profile

  16. Jessi @ Quirky Cookery
    April 15, 2012

    It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

    Unfortunately, as you get bigger, it’s only going to get worse. Hopefully you don’t waste too much time because of it, but it’s kind of hard to avoid when most people simply -don’t- read requirements.

    It’s amazing how many times I would tell potential guest bloggers that my site was strictly PG or PG-13, kid-friendly, etc….and they’d turn right around and pitch alcohol posts or send me articles that had s*xual references in it. I mean, really?? Just no… :S

    • Lynn
      April 15, 2012

      yeah, it’s crazy. I really don’t get that many pitches but I’d be fine with none

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