This morning I checked my email, as I do every morning (as one does) and there was a message forwarded from my website contact page. I assumed it would be an inquiry for a job as it usually is.
However… no, it started off:
I was browsing the web and found your lovely blog.
Oh, how nice someone is complimenting me. I do get message like this on occasion… but then it continued
I am a face painter in the UK, I am currently building my online profile and was hoping you might be intersted in writing about me with a link to my site on your interesting blog! Here is a little onformation for you:
Um… er, what? She goes on about herself and her upcoming tutorials and closed with
Thank you hope that’s OK and I’ll get in touch when I have started my tutorials.
Ah… right. I don’t know who you are, I’ve never heard of you, never seen anything posted by you on Facebook anywhere that I know of, and yet you want ME to write about YOU and promote your currently non-existent tutorials to the world?
Did I miss something?
I checked her Facebook page – she only created it on September 14th of this year. She has 16 likes. Website is nicely done but pretty newish, Work is mid-level – competent but nothing amazing or original.
What made her think I use my blog to promote random unknown painters and their search for fame and fortune? This is my blog and, yes, it is about ME!
You would think that if she had looked at my “interesting blog” she might have noticed the type of content I post…
I share stuff, sure. I do occasionally review new books, etc. but it isn’t done on someone’s request. I chat about what I’ve been doing, show how I do it, post photos to share face and body painting work, theatre design and productions, bore you with my everyday life and challenges, etc.
I have never used my blog to promote any products except those I actually use and like in context of really using them – like certain colours or brands of make-up, sponges, etc.
I drafted an email .. then deleted it. I am not going to acknowledge her presumptuous request with a response. If she happens to read my “lovely blog” again I think she’ll get the message.
I’m also curious if she’s been blasting this all over the place to other bloggers/face painters? Is it a new approach to using social media that I’m missing?
I am still shaking my head over this one…
Here’s a picture so you have something nice to look at after reading my tirade – It’s time to get ready for Halloween!