I don’t know if you read my initial comment on Jaden’s blog (or my blog post later), but the book “Julie & Julia” is very important to me. It inspired me to start cooking new recipes and blogging about them during a very rough time in my life. My blog, which resulted in a job teaching cooking classes and writing for a food magazine in St. Louis, has been my salvation. So, I absolutely think that my reason for wanting to see the movie and meeting the author (which was more important to ME) was a good one. In fact, I believe I was one of only a few people there who had even READ the book!
Also, I DO have a “fun voice” and can take “decent photos” so I meet Jaden’s qualifications. Sure, my blog isn’t the greatest, but I’m still learning! Everyone had to start somewhere, right?
As for being the “correspondent working for free.” I was so thrilled to get this opportunity, that I don’t see it that way at all! I mean, I got a completely FREE trip to LA, got to see this movie which I’d been so excited about seeing, got to meet Julie Powell and some other great food bloggers, and overcame a phobia of mine (flying…alone even!). It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, I don’t mind writing a post about it for Jaden or helping to promote the movie (which I really liked!).
All in all, this trip meant more to me than simply 15-minutes of fame. It was very special to me on such a personal level.
Sounding My Barbaric Gulp!
In Texas we use a metaphor as a place to keep our cows.
And yes, our giveaways are bigger in Texas.]]>
…and the evil plan comes together.
P.S. I’m looking for a correspondent that is looking to get into my pants for free. What number am I thinking of?]]>
It is the PR firm, and not Jaden, who is offering this junket. They will do all the work and pay all the bills. They are doing so to generate buzz about the movie to build ticket sales so they can line their pockets.
And Jaden is doing this to build traffic to her blog to increase advertising revenue which will line her pockets.
This is a business deal, pure and simple, where everyone makes money. Everyone, that is, except the correspondent who is working for free.]]>
I mean, first we were asked for “… 100 words or less, why we should pick YOU!” then a random number was used to select the winner! Then, when people complained, you said you were concerned about “playing favorites” even though this contest was supposed to be based on qualifications (“Iím looking for someone with a fun voice, who can take decent photos … “).
And calling people “sore losers” or telling them to sit in the “pouting corner” (you don’t really talk to your children that way, do you?) can’t have helped.
I asked a friend who does social media about this and he said “Well, she has to sell advertising on her blog, doesn’t she?” And that made it all clearer.
But I don’t think it makes people happier, I’m afraid.]]>