I’ve come to realize that some people are the success equivalent of ambulance chasers.
I’m not sure why this surprises me, but it sort of took me by surprise all the same. Yes, I have a successful online magazine. Yes, I have a print magazine on the shelves of Barnes & Noble (which you should totally go out and purchase by the way). No, you can’t be put in it because we’re loosely associated on social media. No, I don’t want to review your product, which you wanted to make me pay $80 for and then review for free. (Seriously–what the hell? So you want me to pay for your samples and then review them for free while promoting you? What world do you live in?)
The hands that have stretched out to me have been overwhelming. In fairness they’ve been overwhelming in good and bad. The outpouring of congratulations and genuine joy at my success with The Indie Chicks has been totally heart warming. I smile all day long at the stream of messages, tweets, instagram’d #ICselfies with the magazine, and text praise for what we’re putting out there. I’m so thankful for that.
What’s starting to wear on me is the one line “Congrats on the print magazine. I’d love to write for the next issue. How do I go about doing that?” Well, firstly, thank you. Second, of course you would-any smart person would want the exposure a nationally published magazine would give them. Thirdly, the fact that you are reaching out to me personally prior to going to our website for information on how to submit your site, social media links, and writing samples for consideration, lacks the commitment we’d want from our writers. Always do your research, it matters.
Speaking of knowing how things work…yes I love reviewing products, no I never get paid for them. Yes, I do occasionally get free products to try out and that’s a great perk to blogging. Well, unless it’s this product and this nightmare happens (ouch). So yes, I will gladly try out your stuff, tweet about it, and rave in a post if I love it. No, I won’t pay you to promote you. What backwards world do you live in? Geesh.
Yeah, I know this sounds bitchy.
Sorry, not sorry.
We built our company on being social media accessible. Hell I built this blog and my own branding on being available to everyone. I LOVE talking to you guys. I WANT you to reach out to me; I do. I want you to get in touch with me. I will never be upset about somebody reaching out to ask for advice or help with a blog, with a company, or to pick my brain. I 100% will do that every single time. Why? Because mentoring and helping you get better is important to me. Collaborating and exchanging ideas invigorates me.
So yes, I love you. No I can’t just “put you in the mag”. No, it’s not personal. Yes, I want to help you grow your reach. Join our ICBlogger Facebook group for help. Yes, I’ll happily answer emails asking advice on things.
And for anyone tempted, Fall issue content has already been handed in and is being edited. Feel free to contact us about the Winter issue.