I wanted to write a quick post and talk about guest and sponsored posts. Recently, I've been approached and asked if I would have a post here highlighting a product. (The two Paperless Post ones, for example.) Since some sponsors tend to give some form of payment or compensation, I wanted to clarify the reasons I will agree.
I think the post or product is interesting.
I don't like dishonesty, and trying to deceive people makes me feel guilty and like crap. If I decide to highlight something on this blog, it's because I've tried it or I find the information interesting. Being a fake isn't on my bucket list (although, I often feel like a fake calling myself a writer, but what writer doesn't?) I'll always make a point to say if I was approached by someone for a guest post, and I at least spent some time playing around with the product or browsing the site for something I think is interesting to share. The way I figure it is if I'm endorsing it here, then I better mean it.
I have something cool to share with you. The owner of Literary Book Gifts asked me to give a critique of her store and offer a promo code to my readers. That kind of makes this post a two for one...or something. I dunno, my brain is bogged down by stupid fatigue, so I'm not wording well. Anyways, I agreed because as a crafter who sells her stuff, I enjoy supporting other creators.
First off, let me note that Literary Book Gifts has a nice, clean layout. It's not overly cluttered and easy to navigate. The font is black on white background which is something I advocate. I'm always, "YAY! I can read it without pain!"
The overall selection is nice. Not too many, but not too few. I noticed each category has a few options that the others don't. My biggest issue is there needs to be images of people using the products. A favorite site of mine, Think Geek, has action shots where buyers send in photos of them using the item. It gives a personal touch. Melissa doesn't have to do that exactly, but asking friends to do a photo shoot would go a long way in showing how the clothing fits and how many books you can shove into one of the bags.
Let me say here, I was not asked to try the products, but I saw a shirt I wanted. There was money left from my brother's estate, so this is my last Christmas gift from him. (Excuse me while I go cry.)
Plus, I wanted to test out the promo code I was given and make sure it worked.
The site said the shirts can run small, so I got a large. I'm glad I listened because the large fits like a medium on me. It was a little scratchy when I put it on, but that didn't last long. It just needed to be washed. One thing that made me very happy was the fabric is not paper thin. I had a friend give me a cool Subaru shirt and you can see my bra through it! Shipping only took 10 days. Not bad.
Now that I've shown off the site and given my thoughts on it, here's the part where I get to pimp Literary Book Gifts.
If you see something you like use PATRICIALYNNE20 to get 20% off. The code doesn't expire, so use it whenever you want or hand it out to family and friends with a gentle (aka hard) nudge as to what they need to buy you for your birthday. XD
Thanks, Melissa for the awesome shirt and for getting to see my name as a coupon code. (Can I just pause a moment and freak out over having my name in a promo code? That's something I've only seen with Youtubers. I feel like a big shot now. LOL!) I wish the best of luck with your shop.
I hope you enjoy my take on Green Day's song: Wake me when September Ends. ;)
We're in the last month of the year. Normally, I'd be talking about my goals for the month, but this month I'm going to skip it. I've done this before, but this month is different because going to be a hard one for me emotionally. It's the first Christmas since my brother died, and already I can't even. Like the title says, I'd really rather sleep through the entire month.
But I can't. There is family to visit that I haven't seen in a long time and they're looking forward to our visit. Also, curling up and moping all month isn't what my brother would want me to do. He'd sympathize with me not wanting to go be surrounded with people. He was as anti-social, if not more, than I am. But he'd tell me that pouting isn't going to bring him back, so I might as well suck it up and deal with people.
Still, it's going to be an exhausting month, so I'm not going to set goals that I'll be too worn out to try. Maybe I'll have energy to get some writing in, maybe I won't. Given how emotional this month already is, self care is going to be my number one priority.
Here is part two of my Paperless Post review. Last time, I talked about the flyer option and you can read my thoughts about it here.
For the cards, there are plenty of options and you can weed out the ones you pay for if you don't have two coins to pay for a card. Even then, there are about 50-70 free designs available, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that fits your needs. There's also the option to upload your own design. You could totally put your book cover on there! You can also add an additional photo or blank card for no extra coins.
One thing I noticed, though, was that while I could remove the background and card liner as those each cost a coin, if I wanted to use an envelope, that always charged one coin. The only way around that was to delete the envelope.
This is noteworthy because to send the card to someone is one coin per person. Each time you choose something that costs a coin, the price is per person. So if you have a card and use an envelope with a background that's two coins, and if you send that to five people that is ten coins. In short, coins add up pretty quickly if you're not careful. But, you can send a card completely free. It's just if you want to get fancy, you have to use coins.
The price of coins isn't bad, though. Of course, the more you spend, the better the deal. You can earn some coins with a referral link, but I'm too anti-social for that to be of use to me. LOL
Another noteworthy thing is for the text. You only get one text box and the way to move is basically resize it to the area you want. You can't outright delete the text block either, but that isn't too bad because once you delete the text inside it, nothing shows and it doesn't say "Insert text here" as a placeholder.
Would I use it?
Honestly, probably not the cards. If I'm going to send a card, I'll send a real one in snail mail. Usually because I'm adding money for a birthday. If Paperless Post had an option to link to PayPal or something or allow you to attach a gift card somehow that would make it more appealing to me because then I could send birthday cards and a gift.
Over all, I didn't find the site hard to use. In all my messing around, I didn't end up accidentally spending any coins. If I clicked out of the card I was fooling with, it put it in a draft state. It loaded relatively fast and I saw no lag. You can link up various accounts for easy access to emails, and save favorite card designs. Spending money is optional, so if you can be cheap and send a card with no bells or whistles or go all out.
It's a solid site, but I'm not entirely sure this fills a need i have. Either way, good luck to them, and thanks for letting me play around the site and give my opinion.
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