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It is something I intend to be doing by years end. I shall not present a perfect bubble image of my life. I am a long way off right now. Like, a really long way off.

My problem is I have spent nearly my whole life until not knowing I was good at much. Then last year I realized I was not just good at a few things, but bloody awesome at a lot of things. It’s one of them things, we often look at ourselves and think we are hopeless, then look at other peoples talent and question ‘how do you not know you are good at that?’

Well last year I realized I was a good leader. I start movements and people just follow. I am good at running social media. Some people struggle to get comments or build followings. I do not. See my prior post on how I got 1000 wordpress subscribers in a month with very little effort and find the last post I made that did not get any comments. I am a good writer. I write the stupidest stories on the Internet, yet people still read and respond to them. I doodle on things. Like constantly. Usually badly with Tipp-Ex and posca paint pens. Other people seem to enjoy it more than anyone should. I am guessing that means I am good at erm… Art? Would you call it art? My 8 year old blog guides on Linux still get linked to today. I have always been told I would make a good teacher.

So I am now realize I am good at a lot of things, and I can apply these talents in a lot of ways.

I am for hire. I can manage social media and websites for brands, I can do digital and real world marketing. I can teach on Skillshare and YouTube. I can write a book or sell stories and scripts to publishers and magazines. I can write articles for other peoples blogs or magazines, print or digital. I can monetize the blog. It seems to be popular. I can sell art on Ebay, Etsy or Folksy. Alternatively I can sell textures on Creative Market or Design Cuts. Or take my little stick figure monsters to Red Bubble, Cafe Press or Society6. I can sell my photos on stock photography websites.

Theres just one problem with all that. When you are good at so many things, and can make a living so many ways, how do you figure out which way to run?

Do you make money online, work from home or do any of the above? How did you decide which way to go first?

7 Things I look for in Bloggers wanting products for review


Gonna say it. I feel proper dirty for using a title like that, but its the best description of this post.

As many of you know I do the PR for 3 beauty & style brands. Hair and Beauty posts do not really have a place on this blog (yet), but my experience in PR and social media does. I often see bloggers asking or trying to get brands attention so they can get products for reviews and such. From my perspective, there are a number of things I would suggest on the subject.

What I look for in a blogger asking for products review are :

– A prior review of our products. Do one off your own back as an ice breaker and I am much more likely to send you products later for review.

– A responsive following. The amount of followers varies, but if I see a blog with no comments or interaction, why would a brand send you a free product? What is in it for the brand?

– Regular postings. I ignore requests for free product if the last blog post was 2 years ago.

– Links to sites & social medias. I do not have the time to look for bloggers off an email address. If you contact a brand, include a link to your blog, and your social medias if they are relevant.

– Manners. I never expect anyone to kiss my bum, but if someone is rude online to me, or to others, I do not want a brands PR associated with them.

– Reliability. Life happens. But if I send someone a product, never see a review or hear from them again, I will never deal with them again. If there is a problem, let me know.

– Honesty. This is brand and blogger dependent. A lot of brands want advertorials. I personally despise advertorials. If a products crap, its crap. Give a good polite explanation why, and I can use that as constructive feedback.

I know that dealing with PR people is hard. They are often unresponsive and difficult. But when I get into work on a Monday morning and see 100+ emails asking for free stuff from bloggers, I am going to ignore the majority of them and bookmark the best.