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Quit You Whiners…

I’m tired of all the bloggers whineing about being pitched by PR people. Get the heck over it.

The irony here is that the less the bloggers want to be like traditional media, the more they sound like them – complaining endlessly about PR people; screaming self importance from every rooftop; trying to figure out how to manage a profession that can’t even police itself…

So, big tip – do what Dan Gillmor did years ago and let the PR people know what works in terms of pitching you, and what doesn’t. They’ll listen. Well, at least the smart ones will. As for the rest, stupid is as stupid does. You get to punish them in your own special way.

Some asked for feedback on what to do, so here is some. I have zero interest in navel gazing at conferences or group policy development… or another stupid manifesto that the A list salivate over while the real world struggles to even remotely grasp tagging… zero. Instead, I suggest we go with the flow and let people participate. That we encourage participation. That is what all this is about. PARTICIPATION!

You wanted it. You got it.

Russ’ idea of pretty little boxes telling PR people might work for the A-List – and hey, it involves colored boxes which most of us can deal with (red = bad). What it ignores though is that the vast majority of these pitches are the worst kind – they are just PR spam. And just like email spam doesn’t come from legitimate marketers, PR spam doesn’t come from legitimate PR pros. And spammers don’t care about pretty little boxes. Your email has probably made it onto a list and is being used by people who have never visited your blog. My recommendation – reflected in my policy – is that if someone is harassing you and they aren’t listening – drop their client’s CEO an email. PR people tend to react to that pretty quickly. I do like Russ’ other guidelines and thoughts though.

We need to let folks know what works for us as individuals. As far as I am concerned, shoot me news, ideas, pitches. I’m listening. There is a 90% probability I won’t write about anything you send me. If I feel you are wasting my time I’ll let you know – and if you don’t respect my request I’ll let the CEO of your client know. I’m not so important. I’m very proud to be not A list. I just like hanging out here and think its cool you might want to share something with me.

And, if you work for Apple, Audi, Porsche or Canali I definitely would like a pitch that involves me getting a freebie…  (sorry, couldn’t resist that…)

5 Responses

  1. By Debra Owen on July 26th, 2005 at 1:56 pm

    Amen, Andy.

  2. By Jeremy Pepper on July 26th, 2005 at 11:05 pm

    You’re taking the different tact than what I want to write – and likely will write.

    Something along the lines of: would you respect me if I started telling you how to be an engineer?

  3. By Shawn Lea on July 27th, 2005 at 7:40 am

    Amen, Brother Lark. Thanks for taking the time to write what I’ve been thinking for a while.

  4. By David Rossiter on July 27th, 2005 at 8:44 am

    And another Amen. Andy, thanks for saying what I’ve been thinking.

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