Of Pitches, Dogs, and Beard Competitions

Every day, I get emails from people who want me to:

  • Review, write about or otherwise feature their incredible amazing awesome pet product
  • Offer them free space on my blog for their incredible amazing awesome content
  • Link to them so my blog can reap the benefits of their incredible amazing awesome website

Most often, these folks have not read my blog, or they would know what Life with Dogs and Cats is actually about, and what my readers actually like.

Once (just once) I received a pitch that really impressed me. Like the one from ScarAway.

And then there’s the one that I received recently from Beardoholic.com, pictured below.

Email from Zach at Beardaholic.com

Zack really wanted to get my attention; he emailed me three times.

Note that Zack sent me three emails. Just to make sure I didn’t miss this incredible amazing awesome opportunity.

“Love your work,” he says in the subject line. “Would like to add value.”

In his email, he suggests I provide a link on my blog to his article about beard competitions, something he’s apparently “very passionate about.” It includes “a list of beard competitions that every bearded man can enter and participate thus making it a useful resource and not a promotion.” His post would be a great addition to my page, he says, “as it’s very comprehensive, greatly researched and the most in-depth article about beard competitions.”

How in the world have I lived this long and not known there were beard competitions?

Zack was very specific about which page on my blog should include his link, and he kindly included the URL: “While browsing your site, I noticed you linked to a similar piece on the same topic.”

Not exactly true. Though the word “beard” was in the headline. Kind of.

If I would add his link to my page, he tells me, he would be  happy to share it with his huge following, which would help me “gain some visibility in exchange.”

Which post is my new friend Zack talking about?

This one, from February 2014:

Text from Dog: Beardcicles on Life with Dogs and Cats

“Beardcicles!” I suppose if you Google “beard” this post would eventually show up.

I’m not sure, but I don’t think Tucker is eligible to enter beard competitions, though his beard is adorable.

Except when it’s full of shmutz, but that’s another story.

You can’t help but smile when you see that scruffy face with it’s terrier beard: Am I right? Maybe he has a chance…

Or not. Zack did specifically mention “bearded man,” and Tucker is — most definitely — a dog.

Tucker the dog shows off his beardcicles last winter.

Tucker and his beardcicles in a photo from last winter.

Still, since I linked to Zack’s article in this post, I expect he’ll follow through on his bargain and share it with his hundreds of thousands of followers.

Any bloggers out there have a great (or awful) pitch story?



5 Comments on "Of Pitches, Dogs, and Beard Competitions"

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  1. Daisy says:

    HAHAHA!!! That’s too funny! He claims to be familiar with your blog and yet knows nothing about it. We have a similar thing happen literally every day, except ours comes from a flat-out scammer. My daughter owns an editing/proofreading company, and every day we get emails offering office cleaning services (her business is home-based), investors wanting to dump mega-bucks of funds into her company (ummm…it’s an editing company, no investment needed and certainly not mega-bucks), and partnership proposals (!!!!). It’s ridiculous, but what makes them really funny is that they’re always “personalized” with uncommon names: Dear Bernice; Dear Thea. Don’t you think by now scammers who take the trouble to give themselves very all-American names would use more common names for their recipients, hoping to hit it right? LOL Just put all that effort into a legit business, for gosh sakes! 🙂

  2. hahaha….though we think Tucker’s beard is outstanding!

  3. ROFL ! That’s too funny ! Purrs

  4. Jan says:

    I constantly get those too. I love when they tell me how great the blog is when they obviously have read only one post.

  5. Lee and Phod says:

    I have gotten some strange ones. I immediately write back not interested and they don’t bug me.
    I would love for you to write back – the beard in question is on a dog, is that ok? Would love his reaction to that!

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