I'm mindful of how lucky I've been to have avoided receiving much in the way of negative email in the 3+ years I've been blogging. And truly, what I'm about to share with you isn't MEAN, so much as it is...hilarious? Tragic? You be the judge.
A few weeks ago, I received a PR email addressed to "Metalina," and telling -- not asking -- me to post some pictures from some fashion show. I promptly ignored it due to...well, basically every single word in the previous sentence. I then received a follow-up email a few days later, telling me they'd "really appreciate a response on this! Are you able to post?!"
So, I replied. I opened my email by addressing their request, pointing out that my name is not Metalina, and saying that I thought it was a bit ballsy to send those emails, but I then TRIED TO BE KIND OF HELPFUL, and give some guidance on the sender's tone/approach with pitch emails in the future:
For future reference -- and truly, I'm not saying this to be mean, I'm saying this so you can do your job better when you reach out to bloggers -- I'm going to give you some advice. Get the person's name right. Do your research, and only approach people whose blogs actually comport with what you're looking for (and that is, in this case, free advertising). Realize that you're asking them for something, and as such, at least avoid sending follow-up emails saying that "you'd really appreciate a response." It doesn't come across well.
I then got a response, which, I'm sorry, J and I have been QUOTING TO EACH OTHER, such is its hilarity. Here's an excerpt (and it's still pretty long) (and no, I have literally no idea why she is mentioning my "years of English."):
I have been deciding how to respond to your email below. I received it after doing a shoot with a celebrity...NO WHERE did we state that YOU NEEDED to post, use pictures, advertise...... simply all we were giving you was information, and I can not believe that you have the nerve to use "ballsy" in regards to follow up pitching.... Is that not what publicists do?? Don't they promote, brand, and help make others aware of content?? I mean publicists follow up with phone calls, desk sides, door visits, and you are annoyed that I simply reached out to you twice. Well... you are correct I do have balls, enough balls to take time out of my busy day to write this email to you to simply tell you that... I am one to take constructive criticism, and learn/ grow from experiences. But no way shape or form did I find your words of years of English helpful or even nice. I am sorry that you think that these amazing designer's fashion is not CONTENT in your regard, I am sorry for the typo of your name, and I am sorry that you had to assume that we had never been to your blog, but I am more sorry that I felt that you would have enjoyed the fun fashion that we wanted to provide you and your viewers.
I will remove you from our important blog list for women and editor considerations...your email was OFFENSIVE!!!!
And...SCENE. If you'll excuse me, I must go mourn my removal from the important blog list for women. (OMFG.)
Yvonne is amazing for many, many reasons, but right now, reason #1 is this, which she made for me. The important blog list: let me show you it: