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Thanks for weighing in!
Above all else, I think it's great that there are so many choices.
Same as if you blogged about something you'd received in a pitch...and did not receive compensation for.
The idea, as Dawn mentions above, is that it would only be tweeted about if you personally found it interesting or exciting.
And Jill, my office has loved working with you on the McCormick & Schmicks campaigns. Hopefully we'll have more opportunities for FH to work with you in the future. Your new blog look is fabulous!
I'd definitely say being present and supporting the community is putting it lightly. There was no shortage of brand representation...in fact, I worry that some brands might have gotten lost in the shuffle because of it.
People that work at PR agencies are human, at least the ones I've met. This is where relationships and communication are key.
Doing it the week of PRBO was kind of the point. I think blogger burnout is a bad thing and thought what better way to take some of the pressure off than by encouraging the PR pros to diversify their "portfolios" of go-to bloggers. So if you want us to reach out on the 9th does that mean you're not quite burned out yet?
I would love to see other bloggers engaged in addition to the ones we see a lot...hopefully this week will help contribute to that idea.
In fact, the women who are part of the community that is participating in the Blackout that were at an event I worked at recently were nothing but professional, enthusiastic, and engaged. I look forward to working with them in the future.
@kimberly I am right there with you re: recommending a blogger that might be a better fit...that is such a good idea on so many levels.
@mommyniri I agree with you that there is some negativity on the interwebs that we could all do without. However, I think that if we choose to respond with positive feedback and with positive actions, we'll get further. It's something I try to do but it's a challenge sometimes, and we're all human.
@Donna agreed...even beyond bloggers. could you imagine if the pediatricians in our children's emergency rooms decided they were feeling burned out and decided to all take a vacation the same week? At the same time, everyone has a choice. Our actions result in consequences and we must live with them. I choose to not criticize any group for collectively taking a week off at the same time...that doesn't mean it won't be "filed away" for future reference.
I think the key point to remember is that for the most part, PR wants the bloggers they work with to be happy (at least I know I do) and bloggers want the PR people they work with to be happy.
Thanks for the great discussion and lets keep it going!