I have been signing up like crazy for various blogger events and I'm beginning to think this was a bad idea. After having an extremely strange experience with T. H. I realize I made a huge mistake. At least without being familiar with this particular blogger.
I have participated in one event in the past and I was pleased, but things were done differently. I received a confirmation email along with future instructions.
I recently signed up for several events, one that is starting in one day. Since I haven't received any confirmation I sent the host a email stating my concerns..here it is:
Coachlicious Campaign Message
Hello, my name is Lisa from Featured Product Reviews. I believe you put together the Coachlicious Campaign. I signed up for this on 7/23 and I haven't received any correspondence and I can't help but wonder if this is legit. It would be really helpful If you could provide an update and assure me that I'm included in this campaign. Thank you.
I was hoping to have my fears allayed. She emailed me requesting that I join the Facebook group noting that's where I will find all the information. Next thing I know there's this big write up about how she is being accused of being a scam and underneath she posted:
"Lisa Smith here is the post for your question concerning this giveaway being fraud!"
I copied and pasted my email, which only mentions my fear of the event being legit. Apparently she didn't like that I left evidence that her accusations were unwarranted and this apparently riled her up even more. Here's the correspondence:
Name withheld: "Lisa Smith here is the post for your question concerning this giveaway being fraud!"
Me: Excuse me I never said it was a fraud, I was worried that this may be a scam. Big difference. Please don't put words in my mouth. This is only my second event and it's done a little different, the last event In which I received confirmation letting me know that I was included in the event along with additional instructions. Calling me out and then putting words in my mouth is really not cool.
Name withheld: "exact words "question concerning this giveaway being fraud!" I was not the first person you asked and I am happy to confirm that it is on hand. You said via email you could not find it - the tag allows you to find. Seriously?!?!?"
I sent this email originally to the blogger I thought was in charge, here are my exact words:
I signed up for the Coachlicious Campaign and haven't received any correspondence which different from what I'm accustomed to with these campaigns. So now I'm a little worried that this may be a scam.Can you please update me?
No one should think that this email expressing my concern is out of line, since there have been reported scams in the past where bloggers have put down money for a bogus campaigns. This is in no way accusatory but rather expresses concern. I'm also confused as to why I didn't receive a response to this email that appears to have been forwarded.
If she had the time to dedicate an entire thread to this subject why not simply respond to the forwarded email? Communication is so important. If one prefers to avoid direct communication then perhaps provide newbies a modus operandi so that we know what to expect.
As I mentioned there are scams out there, and everyone participating in these events should be aware and concerned, if the blogger running the event takes umbrage to this fact, then that's tough.
The response I received was not only unprofessional, but really infantile.
It's really perplexing to me that she had the time to post an entire thread on the subject of my misquoted email, but chose not to respond to me personally.
Name withheld: "Note scam and fraud are the same"
Me: Here's is the exact email: Coachlicious Campaign Message Hello, my name is Lisa from Featured Product Reviews. I believe you put together the Coachlicious Campaign. I signed up for this on 7/23 and I haven't received any correspondence and I can't help but wonder if this is legit. It would be really helpful If you could provide an update and assure me that I'm included in this campaign. Thank you.
Perceiving this to be an accusation concerning the campaign being a fraud demonstrates a clear reading comprehension problem on the part of the reader.
Name withheld: "Lisa Smith then you were referred to the group where you said you couldn't find anything! So I said I would tag so you could. Which I did."
The tags were attached to personal attacks. Wouldn't it stand to reason to tag the actual information in regard to the campaign. What exactly was the point of posting an unwarrented thread basically attacking me, after all I simply requested info regarding the campaign. Would that of been too difficult?
I honestly felt like I was back in grade school. I can't comprehend a mentality that would respond in this manner. I had a simple question that was posed appropriately, why not just answer it instead of creating a thread for the sake of belittling a perfectly legitimate question.
What can I say, I'm not clairvoyant. Wanting to know if a particular event is on the up and up is a legitimate concern and if a blogger running the event has a problem with that then something is amiss. Remember these events require posting the event, advertising and or a fee. You as a blogger have every right to be concerned that it's being followed through.
For a blogger hosting these events, this type of reaction is really disturbing and cause for pause.
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