Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Open Letter to PR People

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for visiting my Trenches!  As you will see in my header, my blog name is "In the Trenches of Mommyhood".  Also, please note my proper name is Sarah.  With an "h".  Not Sarahviz (despite my blog address), not Trenches, Trenches of Mommyhood, Trenches of Motherhood, Trenches Mom or any variation thereof.

But don't NOT address me in your greeting.  Neglecting to call me by (any sort of ) name just indicates to me that you sent out the same generic e-mail blast to 499 other "mommybloggers." 

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I feel it's important that you know that I am a full-time working mom with 3 boyz ages 8, 5, and 4.  Again, they are boys.  Males.  Testosterone-laden.  Therefore, I am not interested in reviewing products, websites or books geared towards preschool, school-age, pre-teen or teenage girls, thankyouverymuch.

And nor am I interested in discussing my current choice of diapers, formula, infant gear or baby furniture.  Although I refer to him as Baby on this blog (which I admit may be misleading if you only spend 2.6 seconds scanning my posts), my youngest is 4 and those infant and toddler days are thankfully well in the past.

Additionally, I utterly abhor typographical errors and the misuse of punctuation.  Consider it a (totally judgmental) quirk of mine.  So please proofread your e-mail to me before you send it.  Spellcheck is your friend.

Furthermore, please don't think that I am an easy target because I am a mommy Parenting Blogger.  This blog is not a billboard, nor do I want to be considered your conduit for free advertising.

The bottom line is that I am a busy gal trying to juggle family, career and Life.  I blog to keep (what remains of) my sanity, to share my thoughts and feelings, and to connect with other bloggers worldwide.  That is basically what In the Trenches of Mommyhood is about.

So if you have a product, pitch or idea that you think would be, key word here....RELEVANT to the theme of this blog, then pitch away!   

Otherwise?

Please save your, and more importantly, my time and don't bother.

Thank you,
Sarah at In the Trenches of Mommyhood

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Well, readers of mine, what do you think?  What bothers you about PR pitches that clutter up your inbox?  I know I'm definitely missing some more annoyances here, so I want to keep revising this letter (based on your comments) until I'm satisfied and then post it on my sidebar.  So vent away!

15 comments:

bluecottonmemory said...

You tell 'em! I don't get any. I think I got one once and I thought it was spam. Punctuation BUGS me; however, I always leave one in my posts just to keep me humble - LOL (I continually update).

ilovemy5kids said...

Too FUN! I might be using some of those words or ideas anyway for my PR disclosure...

I was just coming over to thank you for making my SIT's Day special!

Blessings to you,

Lana @ www.ilovemy5kids.blogspot.com

workout mommy said...

great letter, I love it!

This summer I got a pitch for condoms! I'm pretty open about the fact that I am pregnant, so I'm pretty sure that condoms can't help me right now! :)

Angry Julie Monday said...

AMEN!!!!!!! Parenting Blogger, hot damn, love that!

Nicole said...

I LOVE this!!! It seriously made me LOL. I get emails all the time from companies wanting me to review the weirdest crap ever. Half the time I have found they have absolutely nothing to do with my blog, babies, being a mom, etc. This letter is awesome.

gaelikaa said...

Well, I've never had a single pitch, not even one, relevant or otherwise. And the google ads make minimal money. Small change. Which I don't know how to claim anyway. Good post, but it's nothing I can relate to, not your fault of course...Sarah!

KK said...

I'm sure that's annoying...not that I've ever gotten an email from anyone like that!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

*applause* One of my friends got an email about reviewing a pregancy belly band thingy. Her kids are teenagers. Offensive!!

Manic Mommy said...

I judge people for poor grammar. Even in emails. And the whole your/you're/there/they're/their? Don't get me started.

Sincerely, Jenni said...

My blog is still small enough that I don't get noticed by the PR firms.

I actually wish I would sometimes, but not if it's this much of a hassle!

lisamm said...

So, in other words, be respectful? Yeah, I learned that from my mommy. :-) Thanks for the post, Sarah. Really funny, and sadly, so true.

HaB said...

I don't have this problem.

And, I know that I am a grammer, spelling, proper use of words nightmare. Always have been. Spell check catches most of it - but not always.

carma said...

Hi Trenches,

I have a pacifier holder that I'm wondering if you are interested in reviewing ;-)

(I kid) Just wanted to say "hi" and tell you I thoroughly enjoyed the Sullivan's Island books!

Vodka Logic said...

I dont get them either but I wouldn't appreciate it if they can't bother to know your content

Deborah said...

I get a lot of people wanting me advertise, but I will take nothing for free, I certainly do not want to feel obligated to anyone. I would post it on your side bar. Otherwise, they will never see it! Have fun!
PS. I hope I have no typo's...HEHE!!

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