Going Old School Tech

I was reminded yesterday of just how old I am. Yes, I was in college when the internet became a reality. It was Prodigy Dial Up (BEFORE AOL). You could download your mail while you made dinner. Here are some other things to date me:

Here was the remote control I remember growing up. You had to PUSH the buttons down until it clicked and they stayed down. Ours was a RCA one but you get the point. From: www.univ-shop.com

I was soooo jealous when my brother got a cell phone! From: www.seefirstblog.com

We had this exact same yellow phone on the wall in our kitchen. We had a super long curly cord from the handset to the base so you could talk in privacy in the nearest bedroom. From www.oldphoneworks.com

I was the first kid on the block to have a computer (big surprise) and the Commodore 64 was rocking! DOS and GOTO anyone? From: www.larwe.com

All the cool kids played Pong on this! From: news.cnet.com

See anything familiar?

TV Shows I Want to See Return

I was just told by Laura that I am old. :P

SO, in honor of my 38th birthday coming next week, we are going to go Old School on the blog until then starting with some of my favorite TV shows growing up. Except I left off old re-runs of I Love Lucy. Cause I do. Love Lucy, that is.

PR Mondays: Good Advice Part 1

I reached out to some amazing bloggers that I am happy to have as friends on your behalf. I asked them, “What is the one thing you wish someone had told you when you started working with PR?” and boy did they deliver! From post worthy comments to some of the best one lines of advice, here is what those who have “made it” have to tell you as you start this journey:

Brands need you!… you don’t need brands!

Don’t be afraid to ask for a giveaway when you are doing a review. Keep it simple “My policy is only to do a review if I do an associated giveaway. Would you be able to provide one for a giveaway?”

Remember-your time is worthwhile-you should only do things that give value to you and your blog.

Its ok to not like a product- brands that do social media right, appreciate your honesty and try to use your feedback on improving their product… and if they don’t have that outlook with their reviewers, eh- Who needs them?

Your readers come back to your site because of the content you write about, if its not relative- its ok to say no. There will be plenty, and I mean PLENTY of relative pitches coming your way. Don’t get side tracked

Do not agree to review a product and then drop the ball. When you do, it not only makes you look bad- it makes the entire blogging community look like sample-whores.. which we are not.

More advice coming next week. What do you think? Agree with the above? Have some advice of your own? Speak out in the comments!