Repost: I am a Blog Snob

September 8, 2011 by · 10 Comments
Filed under: Coupons 

Don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a little football going on today.  In Green Bay, it’s like a national holiday.  As such, I won’t be on the computer much today, so I refer you to my Favorite Sites and thought I’d repost something that has come up in conversation with friends and fellow bloggers this week.  This  is an article I wrote in April 2011.

I just spent a good 2+ hours reading ALL the blogs I subscribe to with an RSS feed and also checking Facebook.  And I just have to say how utterly frustrated I am.

You see, apparently I’m a Blog Snob.  This goes beyond my distaste for Blog Spam, this has to do with simple constructs of the English language.  Things I have seen today:

  • “Anyways” is not a word
  • “Alright” isn’t, either
  • That being said” is one of the most overused phrases in the world; what’s wrong with using the word “However“?
  • Starting every post with “So, blah de blah de blah” is lazy.  I try to write conversationally, but you’re not actually having a conversation.
  • Speaking of which, not knowing the difference between your and you’re as well as their, they’re and there drives me nuts, too
  • Not EVERY coupon and deal post is *HOT* or in need of multiple exclamation points !!!!  I actually get anxious reading those blogs and websites.  Some put these on every post they write. These are the ones I usually categorize as Blog Spam and I do not read them on a regular basis for this very fact.  Every time I think I’ve weeded these out from my reading list, another makes their way in as I “try it out” for a few weeks to see if there’s anything interesting I could use.
  • I don’t know about you, but I won’t encourage you to “snag” any deal, either.

I realize that not every blogger/writer of the money-saving sites is a professional, but they should have a basic grasp of language and grammar.  The way I see it, if you want people to take you seriously, you better learn to write correctly.   It’s not enough to find the deals, you have to know how to tell people, too.  When I see stuff like the above-mentioned (and believe me, that’s a SMALL list of what I came across today), I am less inclined to take that writer and their deal seriously.

I realize that it might not matter to you, the reader, but it matters to me.  Just like the controversy over decoding UPC codes on TLC’s Extreme Couponing put ALL couponers under the microscope last week, writing poorly is one of the reasons many call us “Mommy Bloggers”, and not in a positive way.

There are plenty of great websites out there that do it right so I don’t mean to paint everyone in a bad light.  But like I said, you read enough of them and the same mistakes keep being made.

Anyway (the correct form of the word)… rant over.  We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Repost – Taking Out the Trash: Reader Input wanted

July 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Coupons, Dining, Grocery, News 

With so many new friends and fans discovering Green Bay Consumer the past six weeks, I thought I’d repost something I wrote in May.  It’s part of my Taking Out the Trash feature where I mention a few things that aren’t necessarily deals or info, but thoughts I have on a variety of consumer and money-related subjects.

Here at Green Bay Consumer, I try to bring you the best deals in the Green Bay area (I try to include Appleton as much as I can), whether it’s grocery sales and coupon match-ups or telling you about free or cheap events, consumer news and a few online deals, too. But I also want to pose the following questions:

  • What are your favorite posts?
  •  Is there anything else you’d like to see on the site?
  • Are there any things you don’t like?  One way to help out is to use that “like” button on a particular post, or you can leave a comment here, on the Green Bay Consumer Facebook page or by using the Contact Me form.
  • Did you find a good deal somewhere?  Feel free to post on the Green Bay Consumer Facebook wall or Contact me.  Sharing the good deals we find is half the fun!

The reason I ask is because sometimes I am surprised at what turns out to be popular post; other times I expect a post to get a lot of visits and will hardly get any traffic at all.  An inocuous little post I wrote quickly one day went viral and was seen by more than 30,000 people so hey, what do I know? :-)

Most days I don’t even get to post everything I’d like, but I also don’t want to do Blog Spam, either.  With summer in  full-swing and a part-time job that has suddenly become full-time,  I know I can’t cover everything I’d like.  So I have to be even more selective of what I post.  But I do want to remain relevant to you, the readers.

  • I want to thank all the fans of The Bargain Sleuth who followed me over to Green Bay Consumer.  You’re a great and loyal bunch and I’m happy to see that we retained most of our fans, either through Facebook, RSS feed or daily email digest.  If you know of someone who hasn’t made the switch, please remind them–no one should miss out on a good deal!
  • Which reminds me, If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to go to the home page of  Green Bay Consumer and sign up for the daily email digest of all my posts.  I do love Facebook but with all it’s quirks and constant changes, I know posts get lost on a person’s news status feed.   You also have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed, too.

No Blog Spam

February 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Coupons 
I have to admit I did not come up with this name, but I absolutely love it!  A fellow money-saving blogger used the term last week and I’ve been wanting to write about it. My personal philosophy for Green Bay Consumer is to try and avoid Blog Spam as much as possible. 

What’s Blog Spam? Some money-saving blogs are online all day every day, and instead of doing one roundup post of certain things like coupons that become available, they literally write a post for every coupon, every sale they see mentioned, every giveaway and every rebate. If you subscribe to their feeds, you are CONSTANTLY getting new posts–it’s just like spam.

I’ve always said that I won’t tell you about every deal I see unless they’re really good deals.  A 20% off one item is not going to draw my attention, a 20% off entire purchase that can be stacked on top of a sale probably will.  The way I see it, I know that most of you follow other blogs that do that sort of posting, so for one, why be repetitive?

I’ve also come to the conclusion that if I did blog like that, I fear that people would start tuning out because I mentioned every little thing whether it was a really good deal or not.  Sort of like the boy who cried wolf.   What’s this?  A 30 cent coupon is now available?  Woo hoo.  And now here’s another post– 55 cents off two widgets coupon.  Oh, here’s another post–10% off your entire purchase. Zzzzzz.  Oh, crud, I completely missed the awesome 40% off deal she posted cuz I stopped paying attention.

I do have a few favorite “spammy” sites I turn to like Printable Coupons and Deals or Free Coupon Alerts which literally send out coupon notices the moment they discover a coupon is new or has reset on a site like Coupons.com.  But the problem arises when dozens of bloggers do the same thing.  The genuine deals can get lost in the shuffle.

There are times when a hot coupon becomes available to print and it will disappear quickly.  I will mention those on rare occasion if there are a lot of prints available. But if you are interested in finding the latest printable coupons, I’ve always suggested using the sources I mentioned above or using some of my favorite sites.  That’s their specialty, not mine.

The past few weeks I have not gotten too excited about many deals and that’s one of the reasons you haven’t seen much from me besides Green Bay Packers merchandise information. As a Green Bay-based blogger, I did what I could to keep you informed of NFC Championship and Super Bowl-related deals that many of us are interested in purchasing.  And despite the fact that I love my daily deal sites, you’ll find I do not mention them unless I actually find it a cool deal, I will not post it just for the sake of posting.

That’s not to say that Blog Spam a bad thing, it’s just not MY thing.

Have a good weekend everyone and enjoy the slightly warmer temps!