Stories From The Blogopshere
~the personal stories of how blogs have touched peoples' lives~ .......................................................................Relax..take a story-break and read a Blogger Story!
I started this blog for two main reasons - to share my knowledge, insight,
and experience in the marketing world with others, and to, in return, learn from
them. I can honestly say I have learned far more from readers than they've
probably learned from me.
The most surprising thing about this whole blog venture has been the
passionate response I've gotten - both positve and negative. Who knew a little
blog about marketing could stir up such emotion! It has provided amazing
insight for me into just how strongly people feel about certain issues and
I have to laugh sometimes because I have heard from readers who
complain that I am not sensitive enough to women's issues.... that "as a woman
you should know better" than to use examples of "degrading" ads from Victoria
Secret - and references to a woman's skirt when discussing copy length is
unforgiveable. (for the record - we say that copy is like woman's skirt - it
must be long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to keep it
I have other readers who send me vitriolic hate messages claiming I am the
dumbest woman in the world, a "radical feminist" and many many other names not
fit for print. it is "because of people like you" that the world is in its sad
and sorry state. These readers feel people like me "whine too much" and are so
overly sensitive we have lost all sense of reality and objectivity.
But there is a third group of readers who have said "thank you - I've long
held the same beliefs, but hearing from you gives me validation." Others
have shared with me how my blog has shed insight and helped them improve not
only their business, but their personal understanding of women.
So - Overall, it has been incredibly rewarding. I have met many people
from all over the world I would otherwise never have heard from. But I think
the best thing about this blog has been what I've learned about myself. I've
learned that if you are going to be passionate about what you do and speak up
with conviction - get ready - because there's always someone out there ready to
challenge you or attack those beliefs. But listen to their side. (I don't
delete comments - no matter how nasty - unless they use foul language. If
you don't believe me, check out some of the comments on my Doge Gay Bashing?
post) it's always an eye-opening experience.
When it comes to marketing to women - people have some very strong, deeply
held beliefs. If we're going to improve marketing to women, it's important to
know what we're up against. The bad news is - there's still one heck of a
battle to be fought. The good news is - there are a surprising large number of
the ranks ready for and actively promoting greater insight and understanding.
I'm fortunate and proud to know them.