Today’s content is a bit deep, deep in dog doo doo I should say. If you’re a fellow blogger I’m sure you will resonate with a lot of today’s content. Call it what you want, but it’s stuff like this that makes me boil over and I find myself needing to take a moment to sketch a witty and creative response as a way to say are you kidding me? But since I am a nice person, a God fearing person, one who usually doesn’t respond if I have nothing nice to say, I’m going to shed some light on the situation before I send an email sharing my thoughts on the matter. Because this brand request is just too good to ignore.
Recently I received an email from a company, who shall remain nameless for the sake of this post, one because it might be completely rude to call them out and two (and most importantly) I don’t want to give their company any extra page views by telling you their names and having you click over to their site. I’m just that kind of a person. You’re welcome. I just have to share this email with you because, well, you’ll see….
My name is [Insert persons name here] and I’m the Community Coordinator for [Company Name]. I came across your site searching for bloggers who have a great presence in their community, as well as fun and engaging content! In honor of Doppelganger Week, which took place last week (February 2nd-8th), I thought you would like to be included in our own #DoppelgangerDog campaign!
Instead of posting a picture of a celebrity you resemble, we thought we’d put a fun spin on things by asking the blogosphere to post a picture/description of a dog who shares similar personality traits to your own. For example, if you’re easy-going and active, you might match yourself with a Golden Retriever.
If you are interested in participating in our campaign, please let me know so we can provide you with more information. We’ll be sharing some of our favorites via social media!
Ok, where do I begin?! There are so many words!!
ONE – if you truly have poked around my blog and noticed that I have a great presence within the blogging community, you might have also noticed that on NONE of my social media platforms, or my blog for that matter do I ever speak about a dog. Or any pet for that matter. Why you ask? Because I don’t own one!!
TWO – if you noticed I don’t have a dog, then why are you asking me to pick one that might compliment my personality. How the heck would I know which one compliments me, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a poodle and schitzu on a good day.
THREE – who in their right mind thinks that just like it’s fun to find our celebrity look alike that it would also be fun to find our dog look alike?! Um, say what?! I’m pretty sure that if I could even find a celebrity I looked similar too, I’d be posting that ish all day long, but I have to say I draw the line at trying to figure out what K-9 I might share a personality with.
I don’t know about you, but in my hay days, back in high school, being referred to as a b*tch was much like being referred to as a female dog. Are you tracking with me? And now I have this company who is asking me to pick a bitch I’m most like and post a picture of myself along side it. I’m. Just. Dumbfounded.
There were so many responses going through my head, but before I share my official response with you, I’d like to share a few tips for those of you who are reading this blog, who are representing a brand and thinking that I might be a great person to work with because of my community engagement and great content.
First – really read through the bloggers blog to determine if their regular content really would align with your company. Don’t pitch a blogger and ask them to talk about something they know nothing about or that their readership might not be interested in.
Second – Don’t ask people to pick a dog they most resemble and post a picture of themselves side by side with that dog. It’s not the same as a celebrity and no it’s not even funny.
Third – If you’re going to ask a blogger to partner with you, tell them what you will compensate them, especially if you’re going to ask them to do some doggy comparisons. Bloggers don’t work for free, and if you’re a blogger reading this and you do work for free, shame on you!
With all that said, I’m going to end the shenanigans by sharing my response to this company.
[Person’s Name],Thank you for your kind words about my blog and the community I’ve built. As you might have noticed I don’t own a dog and so I think that talking about a dog or more specifically what dog I feel I’m a match to wouldn’t be the best fit as I’m not familiar enough with dogs to even be able to speak to what their personalities are or which one I would most be like.To be honest I feel that it’s derogatory to compare women to dogs and since I don’t liken myself to one, I’m going to have to pass on this opportunity.
Thanks, Alissa Circle
See I told you I could be nice. There were many, many more words I wanted to add, but I feel like sometimes less is more and in this case ending with Woof, Alissa, might have caused more drama that needed.
And just for ish and giggles, here’s me and my celebrity lookalike, or who people tell me they think I look like, because, that is more fun that my dog lookalike.
Smooches loves, Alissa