Normally, my “Why I’m Mad” videos feature me ranting about something that bugs me about technology, but after seeing this, I just had to share it with my fellow bloggers and writers who are trying to make it in this new media game.
Today, some of my fellow bloggers were having a conversation about schemes to get influential bloggers to contribute to a social network in the hopes to get picked to be included on a “panel discussion about the direction of social influence and how it fits within our professional world”. This was right around the time I was reading the article: Don’t Ask Writers to Work for Free Unless You Want an Eloquent ‘Fuck Off’.
That’s when my homegirl Afrobella entered the conversation and dropped what we call a “dime” that I just HAD to share with all of you…
“Tell ‘Em Why You Mad, Son!”
The message should speak for itself, but just in case, you may not be a seasoned, influential blogger or writer that has brands and other new media properties tripping all over themselves to work with you, but that doesn’t mean you should let them walk over you either. You may be new in the game and think that your inbox full of requests to “blog for influence” is par for the course until you get your name out there. Believe me, there are influential bloggers and writers out there with inboxes full of “blog for influence” emails too.
And TRUST AND BELIEVE that these companies and agencies are getting paid, whether you agree to sign on or not, so as the late Biggie Smalls ever-so-eloquently said
In the end, brands won’t get it until we ALL know our value, and demand that we get it. Your value may not be the same as others, but that doesn’t mean you’re at their mercy either.
Just food for thought.
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