PR Mondays: Good Advice Part 2

Following on from last weeks great advice from mom bloggers who successfully work with PR, let’s get to it:

Don’t sell yourself, or your audience short.  Only give your honest opinion. If you lie, your audience will eventually figure it out (after all EVERYTHING can’t be the most fabulous thing ever) and they will leave.  If you have no audience the companies won’t be interested in you any more. . . everyone loses.

Not every blogger is born to morph into a review blogging-butterfly….if reviews aren’t your thing- be honest- there other ways to work with a brand

Make the company ship the prizes. “It’s my policy to have the company do order fulfillment-I will provide you with the name of the winner when the giveaway is complete.”

Saying yes to every pitch is not the road to “big time blogger” status… its road to sleepless nights of writing about toothpaste and posts that readers are probably skipping over

Important Reminder: I, also, wanted to let you know that I was asked by a good friend who is a PR rep in the mom blogging world to do a monthly twitter chat. The Blog Frog will be there participating as well.  More info to follow but save April 5th at 9 pm EST for our first #prmonday chat. This is NOT a prize twitter party. It is a conversation about PR that you can openly ask your questions and get some advice.

What other advice do you have?

Dead Rabbit Sundaes

This is another wonderful guest post from my friend Maryann. She told me this story one Saturday and I asked her to please write it down for all of you since I loved it so much! It is the perfect post to participate in the Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop which is a wonderful program where bloggers can help raise $5,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. Children’s Miracle Network has helped to make so many of Carters surgeries and hospital stays so much better and easier for him. I am happy to be helping with this important campaign.

Maryann lives in Littleton, CO with her wonderful husband, their two fabulous (most of the time) teenagers and a large assortment of lovable pets. She is currently interviewing artists for her upcoming book.  Her blog is www.artists.50interviews.com

When my little sister and brother and I were young children, my single mother struggled to make ends meet and we didn’t have a lot of extra money for luxuries like sweets.  Her idea of a great dessert was a bowl of instant white rice with maple syrup poured over the top.  Or sometimes, Mom would mix powdered sugar with milk and a drop of red food coloring and spread it onto graham crackers.  But each spring, we looked forward to a very special sugary treat.

Our neighbor a few doors up the block was a traveling candy salesman.  Each year after the Easter holiday was over, he would present my mother with a big bag of leftover foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies.  Oh what joy!  We knew it was time again for “DEAD RABBIT SUNDAES!”

My sister, brother and I would sit at the kitchen table with a pile of chocolate bunnies in front of us and we’d begin carefully peeling away the foil wrappers.  The naked chocolate rabbits would be piled up into a large metal bowl.      Mom prepared a make-shift double boiler of the metal mixing bowl propped over a saucepan of boiling water.  She gently placed our painstakingly peeled rabbits into the bowl and we all stood watching wide-eyed as the rabbits slowly melted and grotesquely distorted.  “They are dying!” my little sister would scream.  Of course it wasn’t all bad because we knew what was to come!   Mom used the spatula to swirl around the melted chocolate rabbit mixture until it was smooth and creamy.  When it was melted to perfection we’d dish up our bowls of vanilla ice milk (the cheap ice cream-like product they sold back then) and Mom would pour on the warm, aromatic chocolate.  Then it was time to dig in!

Almost forty years later, my siblings and I still fondly reminisce with Mom about our “Dead Rabbit Sundaes”.   I don’t know if any other dessert could every measure up to that memory.

Other ways to reach Maryann

WEBSITE: www.CreativeMarketingCafe.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/maryannswartz
LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryannswartz

As part of the Blog Hop I am passing the basket onto the following bloggers and asking them to please help as well.

Hersheys Better Basket Blog Hop

HERSHEY’S BETTER BASKET BLOG HOP RULES

  • Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
  • Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
  • Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
  • Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
  • Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
  • Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

Flashback 80′s Radio

As part of my continued homage to the olden days of my youth, I bring you music from back in the day…

My first concert ever. U2 at Sun Devil Stadium baby!

I remember the neighbors coming over to watch this on MTV the night it debuted in 1984. I was in 7th grade. Yup, we had cable. According to wikipedia MTV used to go blank between videos so the staff could change the VHS tapes, LOL

I had this on Vinyl and played it non stop in my room. I am sure "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" drove my parents insane.

I had this on Vinyl and played it non stop in my room. I am sure "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" drove my parents insane.

Prelude to "EMO", LOL

 

Eddie---nuff said

The only thing my then boyfriend, now husband could play on his guitar. He used to play it over the phone to me. Thankfully he now can play a lot more songs.

My parents thought she was just so risque. Oh, to have mild Madonna lyrics back. Can you believe she is 51 NOW!?!

80's baby rap compared to the rap crap those crazy kids listen to now

Inspiration was our wedding song. Collective "ahhhhhh" can begin now.


Did you miss my Old School TV post?


What was your favorite music growing up?