Thank you for the stuff you sent me. I'm sorry I haven't written about it even though it's been a year. It's not personal. It's just that I usually write up the reviews about the stuff I either really love or really hate. It just makes for a much more "Mommy Lite-ish" story.
Your stuff is good. Don't get me wrong. I like it. Not all of it. Some of it.
However, last night a blogger (let's call her Blogger chick) set me straight for getting a free dishrack and not writing about it. She yelled across the table at me "You took free stuff and you didn't write about it??!!! Did you tell them you weren't going to write about the stuff?!
I tried to casually explain that I liked the stuff they sent. That I e-mailed them to say I had planned to talk about it, but that I wanted to wait for the right story to work it into. I tried to explain that Mommy Lite is a humor site - not a review site - and I try to have a consistent thread throughout my content. I tried to explain that I'll do a review if I love or hate the stuff and I can work it into a story that's funny, or weird, or disconcerting so that it's consistent with my site content.
And while I was casually explaining my position to this woman I hardly knew she delivered a line that turned this review into a story. "CAN YOU JUST FOCUS ON WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU!!!!! CAN YOU FOCUS???!!!! ARE YOU FOCUSING??!!! DID YOU TELL THEM OR NOT!?"
I was beside myself. And a little afraid. "Er...no." I don't think I actually did anything wrong. After all, Mommy Lite is my site. I am in charge of my content and have a right to say what works and what doesn't. I also don't think mediocre reviews of anything do anyone any good. But, I said "no" to end the conversation. Fast.
"WELL THAT'S JUST WRONG!" She shouted across the table and group of people who all looked like they had just stumbled across a naked married couple fighting. Awkward...
Honestly, I'm not greedy, and I was so grateful to be invited to the event. Again...I like your stuff. I just had no idea that a follow-up review (whether or not the blogger liked it) was such a touchpoint.
So anyway, SimpleHuman, I've posted a review of the fabulous stuff (and the not-so-fabulous stuff thanks to this blogger chick) under my REVIEW section.
Yo, self-righteous Blogger Chick, focused enough for ya?