Accepting a complimentary 7-day Caribbean cruise in return for reviewing the on-board wellness program, Gwen Bell has performed double duty blogging about her marine experiences over the past week.
On the third day at sea, she shared 10 examples how you can travel minimally, such as bringing a reusable mug, adhering to your pre-boarding diet, and cutting down on the frequency of uttered complaints. Sound advice.
As I read her blog entries, I am reminded of Chris Guillebeau who writes about his global travels, in his quest to visit every country in the world by April 2013. Noble pursuit, and he’s almost there with 125 visited and 67 to go.
I receive email pitches all the time — but nine times out of ten, they are requests to review a product or to read a press release. Why aren’t I asked to board ships or visit countries in return for training their staffs on social media strategies? When will I be offered a sponsored conversation? I signed up at Social Spark moments ago, so maybe opportunities will come from that. I’ll apparently get paid $5 for mentioning that website in this paragraph.
It’s about the money, yes; but my motivation is for the respect to be offered the money. I know what I am good at doing and I am seeking those opportunities that I don’t know about yet. Networking and outreach is beginning to pay off in some ways; I thank the folks at O’Reilly Media who have sent me complimentary copies of social media books, and I will be reviewing those books on this blog in coming weeks.
It was wonderful when I was asked to participate in an expenses-paid blogger mission to Israel last year, but for reasons I elaborated at the time, I couldn’t go. Maybe other blogger missions to other countries will be scheduled and I’ll be contacted.
Time will tell. Am I asking too much to be loved?