So I was reading this BlogHer article today about this big blog movement that’s got a bunch of bloggers’ panties all twisted in knots and stirred up some big debate about product reviews and press releases and giveaways and PR people and blog integrity and all kinds of other shit that doesn’t affect me at all because
- I think it’s pretty clear that I’m a little confused when it comes to integrity, and
- I’ve never actually DONE a product review, NOR received a pitch from a PR person, possibly because of all my F-bombs have scared them away but probably because none of them read or give a shit about my blog, and
- The only two giveaways I’ve ever done went to the people who helped me solve the mysteries of (a) where I left my goddamned keys and (b) the gross, booger-like substance on my desk. I think it’s safe to say I’m not exactly what you’d call a “pro.”
Anyway, I read that article and the big debate in the comments section and I left some comment about Hugh Jackman (which really had nothing to do with anything) and clicked away, but ever since then I’ve been thinking about product reviews and you know what? They sound like fun and a good way to get free shit. I don’t know why I’ve never dipped my toe into that pool. I mean, it’s not like I NEED some PR person to start the ball rolling – I can write my OWN reviews, about things I like, and they’ll be so kick-ass that word will immediately get out and the PR people (who sound very mysterious and enchanting to me) will all come running from the woodwork and BEG me to let them send me free shit to review and promote to my MASSIVE audience, which I’ll happily accept and write glowing reviews because again — Integrity? Huh? Wha?
So below is The Bean’s first-ever Blog Product Review entry. I have chosen seven items that I feel very strongly about to review, for this special first edition. I hope you enjoy them.
Given the debate currently swirling around the Blogosphere about all of this, I think it’s important to note here that NO ONE HAS PAID ME to review these items, nor have any of them been provided to me by anyone in exchange for a positive review. At least, not yet.
Bejewell’s Product Reviews
I’m a big fan of naps.
Puddles are fun to splash in.
I don’t like it.
Without them, we would all be squinty.
Fat, lazy ones are the best.
I’m really glad I have them, especially when my head is sweaty.
I like money. It’s a good thing to have. I wish I had more of it.
I think that about sums it up. If any of you PR people out there like what you’ve read here, (1) Hi! and (2) Feel free to send me some free shit and I’ll be happy to write another kick-ass review. I’m not boycotting you or anyone else next month.