Thursday, January 19, 2012

Confessions of a Truth Teller

In case you haven't noticed I've been MIA this week due to this thing we here at the Bird call - 'A helluva lot of work because love don't pay the bills.'  During this time I received emails from a few entities (much like I'm sure you received) asking me to share their information on my blog.  I declined and one, in particular, really did not like it--despite my repeated attempts to explain that the content did not match my blog and would, therefore, not make sense here.  

Let's take a moment and examine some of the things I usually talk about:  my cats, cookies, gluten-free experiments, the chef, hippies, my spirited neighbors, that time I saw the Mary Kay pink Cadillac, the occasional pair of shoes, summer breezes, fringe and a good pair of jeans.  

Oh, and margaritas and how it would be nice if I could get a maid once a month.  (That last part has been on my mind a lot this week).  

I've employed the blanket effect above, but you get where I'm coming from.  In that spirit I have opted to stick to content that the 5 or 10 of you who are left have come to expect and anticipate.  Interesting, edge of your seat type content.  The stuff that, say, a three car garage waiting to be filled is made of.  Case in point: 

All of it, except the man, should be strewn across my living room right now.
Teepee lover in the house. White cowboy boot fanatic on the rise.
Cat-tastic.
Blanket's cousins.
More of Blanket's relatives. 
These croc bar stools I contemplated purchasing before the Chef
shook me out of 'the flea market fuzz' clouding my judgment.

I am not for sale but, moreover, my blog is not a place where I just slap up any old thing because someone would like me to or thinks it would be good content.  That's my call and it's not being rude, it is being honest.  Now if a turquoise dealer wanted to send me some items THAT would make sense because I wear turquoise.  And if a gluten-free company wanted me to sample their flour mix THAT would make sense because I cook and bake gluten-free.  Or if someone wanted me to share info on how to integrate feral cats into their home THAT would make sense because I have done it.  

And that's all I have to say about that.  

34 comments:

Katie said...

Truth. I dont know why it's hard for some people to figure out.

Please get the nap (and shoes) and text or email me said story. In for a long weekend over here.

annelise said...

Honestly, I don't know what the Chef was thinking when he but the kibosh on the bar stools.

this free bird said...

Honestly Annelise, I don't know why I listened to him.

Closet Fashionista said...

Yep I totally get what you mean, I get some weird requests and I'm like "no..." and they say "we'll pay you this much and I say "no...I don't care about the money, I care that it relates to my blog"
And oh my...those croc stools are a bit scar...haha, but I love the tee pee and stool in the first shot

http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

17 Perth said...

Wow. Those bar stools are amazing. Can't you see yourself with a good margarita on one of those? ;) I don't know why I find it shocking that someone can't understand why you may have said no....I guess some people just don't get it. Anyways--good for you. And here is hoping that you get a pile of turquoise and a pile of gluten free ingredients to test. :)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

#truth

And thank god for chef!!!!!! Those stool are a no go!

Johanna said...

Ay yi yi...can relate. But I love seeing your flea market finds on a different note. Is it weird that I kinda like those stools? Have a good weekend!

Courtney Erin said...

I've been getting odd requests to showcase products lately too and they are so far outside my realm of content that it's weird. Whateves I guess. Also, I want those croc bar stools, more than I think I've ever wanted anything in my life.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Ms. Givens said...

I hear ya. Stick to who you are cause we like it.
I plan to tag you on my blog today. ;)

Nav said...

awe that sucks! I am glad you are willing to stand up for yourself though!

xo Nav
http://navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

Dancing Branflake said...

I'm really not sure why you don't want the man in your house. I think he'd go great with the blanket.

(Snarky, I know. But it's a snarky morning for me. hugs!)

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I do get quite alot of product requests and so forth for my blog.
Can be annoying since I don't do adverts for myblog. I appreciate how authentic you are. Do stay that way;-)

Bonnie said...

I hate those stupid crap emails asking you to put stupid crap stuff on your awesome site. GO AWAY.
I am not one to promote things that a) I don't use; b) I am not familiar with; or c) have nothing to do with the content of my blog.
Good for you for sticking to your balls.

http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

one of my besties has to eat gluten free - i'll ask her for some of her fave recipies for ya! -- and i have a hook up for native american ANYTHING -- so if u want blankets/teepee's (which i'm DYING over) let me know!

Alexa said...

Haha. Well put my friend! Happy Friday!

The Suburb Experiment said...

I'm with the chef on those stools. One of the alligators is even all, "Oh honey no." The sassy one with his hand on his hip.

Yeah, some of those promoters are oddly aggressive. I'll do product reviews as long as it fits in with who I already am or what I already do. I just don't have time for anything else!

Jenn
The Suburb Experiment

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Please tell me that teepee vignette was totally un-staged.

Also, please tell me how they decide that WE'RE the blog for their product. HOW. And why don't we (or is it just me) ever get the offers for the good stuff?

Tracy D said...

I have no idea what I'm doing right or wrong, but I never get those requests. The Croc stools...no bueno.

Claire Kiefer said...

I JUST read a post about this very thing on another favorite blog of mine. So interesting. I'm totally with you on sticking to giveaways/promotions/etc. that you believe in, use, and are relevant to your blog.

My goodness, I love all of Blanket's relatives. The turquoise, the Navajo prints . . . swooning.

Lori said...

You are true to yourself and that's what I love about ya! Love your captions on "blanket's cousins" ~ you make me smile. Have a fabulous week-end.

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Agree - when a product fits blog it. I have to say that I love some of the products I have been sent and who doesn't like a package address to them that cost them -oh a big zero? I love me some freebies.

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Oh one more thing...

The stools = no bueno!

Allison said...

Yeah, I'm not into paid blogging just because I want to read about real people...not paid writers.
Someone emailed me about doing a giveaway, and I'll probably just go ahead and do it eventhough I don't have many readers.

Ashleigh said...

Bein' true to you is what it's all about...

So happy to see some of Blanket's family out & about. I think it's time for a gathering!

Kristen Lam said...

Navajo navajo navajo print!

www.kristenglam.blogspot.com

ChrisRobinson said...

double werd! I seriously cannot believe my silly stool has a twin in CA, and also makes me question how much I overpaid for it.

Can I come see you and we go to this flea market? I might go broke but it'd be worth it. Ritas first, too.

tell those effers to bite it! [more in parallel lives; we were both getting lulled by indian themed things in the last couple of days? cray.]

this free bird said...

ChrisRobinson-I am seriously intoxicated by the Native American man who sells me stuff. He and his wife are only around once in a blue moon, but when they are they are so out of Dances With Wolves I can't stop staring at and talking to them. For real ChrisRobinson. It's like a dream.

And yes-get over here and we will scour this market after ritas. Or maybe ritas afterward, but whatevs. It is sometimes quite a fascinating exploration.

Meagan :: Mo Pie, Please said...

I'm proud of you. I have succumbed a few times but I've learned my lesson with that. It doesn't make my readers happy and leaves me feel shamed.

Have a good weekend!

Josie said...

I'm totally with you, Carrie. Why would I rep something that I don't or wouldn't use?
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Polly said...

Those bar stools, Oh my lord thank goodness for the Chef.
I don't get it either. I seem to be forever getting requests to talk about apps. I have about 5 on my phone and I talk about my kids?

LyddieGal said...

Hahah, usually when I get those emails I just ignore them, or I get them and think, "well I'll reply when i can think of polite way to say no..." but then just forget later.

And I'm glad you left the bar stools, but i think blankets cousins were hoping for a reunion...

Chic on the Cheap

jen said...

You're a good egg! First I find out you are an original 90210 lover and now I read this post...I appreciate your sincerity, don't change.

Ana said...

love your blog!!!!

Jessica said...

High five, sista! I recently had a men's underwear company reach out to see if I wanted to do a post on it. Uhhh...

And I think those stools are kind of fantastic. And creepy. Basically, the perfect conversation piece.

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