I’m sure many of you bloggers out there might have experience something like this:
You blog about something, be it eatery or bank or anywhere that you visited. Then from time you time, you will get people leave comment on your post as if you own the place.
Ever encounter this?
I encounter it A LOT! With so many blogs summore, it is not something new. It amuses me but sometimes if my mood isn’t good, it annoys the hell out of me.
People can leave comment such as:
“I want to make reservation at your restaurant for 2 people on this day”
If I’m in very good mood, I will take all the trouble to contact the person back as in sending this person a personal e-mail telling him/her that I’m not related to the restaurant/eatery and give them the real contact number of the place. If I’m in very bad mood, I will not bother at all and reply the comment with “I don’t own this place, sorry” *LOL*
“Can your bank approve the loan for me, my income is like this, like this, blah blah… Here’s my phone number 123456 please contact me a.s.a.p”
Usually this kind I will not care, I will just remove the phone number, approve the comment and not responding to it. If I’m in super duper good mood, I will respond in the comment to ask them to contact the nearest branch.
Nowadays it got more and more especially from Sarawakian.net as my phone number is on the blog and there’s banner there too(remove it already ;p), I got many calls! At least one call a week related to some eateries posted in there.
They called to ask about franchising of this and that, call to make reservation(YES! Make reservation with me!! *sweat*), call for sponsorship of food for event and call to ask about “my” eateries.
Goodness gracious -.-” I will usually tell them I’m not related to any eatery, I’m just a blogger blogging about places that I’ve been to. Sometimes I’m kind enough to give them contact details if I have them on hand else I will just tell them if you don’t see any contact details of the place in the post, it means I got no idea how to contact them also, that time I only went, dined, and left without any name card or detail.
There’s one funny one that I want to share with you. One afternoon, someone from a local radio station called me, talking to me about some charity event and so on and lastly ask me whether I can supply chicken rice to them or not! I was so blurred and shocked, I thought they want to invite me to join their charity event as a blogger and I double check with her again on the chicken rice part and asked her where she got my number. She told me her colleague gave it to her, then I told her I don’t sell chicken rice, her colleague might have got my number from sarawakian.net. I’m only blogging about the place. She was shocked. Then asked me whether I know the shop owner or not *LOL* I told her I have no idea at all. Then we had a good laugh over the phone and she said, “how come he gave me a blogger’s number instead of the shop owner’s number?!?!”. It was hillarious!
Can you see how strong the impact of blogging is? Bloggers are giving free publicity to businesses now! Think of it in other way, we should be compensated for the publicity! That’s why some bloggers change their blogging direction to avoid doing publicity for free but people like me, how? These are the things that brings me traffic and popularity.
Ok la… Don’t puke, I may not be that popular but many people know me because of my blogs, so how? I sure cannot compete with Kenny Sia but I do have my fair share of fame, a bit la ;p. Not that I crave for popularity, I don’t think I can handle too much fame.
Want to blog yet don’t want to give free publicity and yet those topics make up the contents of my blogs. There’s always 2 sides of the coin to look at. Such dilemma, how!?!? You say how le?