Monday, May 21, 2012

@MaisonValentino #BlogHer12


There was a growing frenzy online, this past week, about the imminence of #BlogHer12. And an even more harried scramble to get sponsors for it. You see, blogging is not the most rewarding enterprise, financially speaking. Often, it's a hobby, with its author (usually a creative, prolific, but unknown writer), trudging along, day after day, post after post, waiting to be discovered and whisked off to the next Oprah (does she still do shows nowadays?) or Good Morning America show. At best, it's still not the most lucrative career, certainly not enough to warrant shelling out, from one's own pocket, for the costs of a conference, hotel, plane or train tickets, clothing, food, and other incidentals.

The way it works, for you my one lone non-blogging reader (hi, nice to meet you), is that companies are now turning more and more to bloggers for their PR endeavors. They give us (and I'm using the pronoun us loosely of course) some manna from heaven called "swag" which we then "review" with the understanding that our readers will be so enthralled with our endorsement that they will go out and buy it, thereby fulfilling the advertising aim.

It often works. Just ask The Bloggess and Perez Hilton. (They are the big-league where blogging is concerned).

But, for the rest of the non-celebrity and non-celebrated authors, it does, sometimes, pay a few bills: some sell the swag, some turn the relationship into an advertising opportunity, while others fully appreciate the use of the nice freebie. Swag seems to be the "it" thing. For seasoned bloggers. Of which I am not yet one.

Who doesn't like free stuff?

Especially good, free stuff?

Which made me ponder about whom I would welcome as a sponsor, should they fall off a horse and incur a serious brain injury, then flip open their laptop which magically would be cued to this here blog, and they'd have no choice but to be wowed by my charm and wit. Can you blame them? I'm adorable! (I AM too)

Hey, it could happen!

So who? Who? Who would be worthy of my reviewing my butt off for their ware?

Why, Valentino Garavani of course. Silly you, don't you know about my purse fetish and my solemn worship of the god of all that is holy in purseland?

And, it COULD too happen!

Hear me out: So he gets around, now that he's retired, right? Which means that he occasionally does visit friends of his on their lovely estates. Those estates sometimes have lovely horses, well groomed and with impeccable pedigrees. He does get asked to ride them, and since he's a polite man and guest, he acquiesces. Ergo, the scenario could (theoretically) unfold as foreseen by me... unfortunately for him, but very fortuitously for me, of course.

So, in the event that this particular incident should happen any time before Blogher 2012, this is the speech that I've been practicing all morning, in front of my mirror:
"Why, Mr Valentino, are you sure? Me? Little ol' me? You want me to your ambassador at #BlogHer12? Why, I'd be honored of course! Excellent choice, by the way, you have good instincts, which, incidentally, I am glad were not too terribly damaged in that horrendous fall. But of course I have been a loyal client of yours, at least on the three distinct occasions when I 1) Won a buttload tidy sum at the Blackjack table in Vegas, 2) Scored a nifty deal on eBay, and 3) Combined my wifely present-credit for Xmas, wedding anniversary, Easter, Mother's Day, and birthday and "surprised" Norman (the old poop) with the gift I bought myself in his name. What? You want to give me a second bag for my purse-buddy Karen? I'm sure she will be delighted!"
It never hurts to be prepared. 

You must be thinking that my mind has taken a bizarre trip to some parallel universe where wishes, when verbalized and put out there, do come true. I don't blame you, it indeed appears than I've gotten completely slightly delusional about this. But, just in case that parallel universe decides to diverge from its trajectory and collide with the one I inhabit, I have a few choices lined up. Of course, any and all "swag" would be great, you won't get any complaints from me, no sirry, none, WHATSOEVER...


In no particular order, befitting my conference-going arm, any one of these will do nicely:



 


    






Whaddaya think? Fat chance or holy shit?




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32 Comments:

At 5/21/12, 6:14 AM , Blogger Elaine Griffin Designs said...

HOLY SHIT! You'll make it girl. I KNOW you will!

 
At 5/21/12, 7:18 AM , OpenID seebyzoe.com said...

I just got my first request for a review and its for... Food! After that detox I'm happy to review any food at all ;) I say Holy Shit!

 
At 5/21/12, 8:49 AM , Blogger Victorias_View said...

Go for it! Woot! Woot!

 
At 5/21/12, 9:13 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Weeeee! He will be totally impressed when he sees the final banner and all...
Lainey,You are AWESOME!

 
At 5/21/12, 9:18 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Zoelee, I'm really impressed by your sticking to the detox, especially working nights... and working, period. If I did one, I'd be lying in bed for three days straight, fanning m'self and complaining the whole time.

I can't wait to read that review. Nobody asks me about food, perhaps because they know that I wouldn't much good at reviewing it (how many times can you use the word "bouquet" without sounding like a florist?)

 
At 5/21/12, 9:18 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

It's done, Darcie. Yup, I'm that crazy.
Why am I so happy, as if my writing it actually made it happen? LOL

 
At 5/21/12, 10:34 AM , Blogger Hilary said...

if anyone can do it, you can... woo hoo

 
At 5/21/12, 12:18 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Amen, sister, amen!

 
At 5/21/12, 2:28 PM , Blogger Carole said...

Glad you liked my post on clouds. Thanks for taking time to cimment. Have a great week

 
At 5/21/12, 4:57 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

Good things come to girls who ASK. Can't hurt! Beautiful bags, Valentino! If I saw Megan carrying one of these, I would run out and buy one immediately! Hint, hint.

 
At 5/21/12, 6:01 PM , OpenID shutupandcook said...

Are you coming to the Seattle BlogHer Food Conference? Great blog!

 
At 5/21/12, 7:19 PM , Blogger Susi said...

I say, why not? Good luck on your endeavors. :) Love those bags.

 
At 5/21/12, 9:40 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Thanks for the visit, Carole. Keep the good info coming :)

 
At 5/21/12, 9:43 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Oooo, Mel, that made me think of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njwasr1OOuc: "good things come for those who wait, but not for those who wait too late".

 
At 5/21/12, 9:44 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Passing myself off as a food blogger is a biiiiiiiig stretch. I wish I lived closer so I could go to the party, though. Will have to read your blog about it :)

 
At 5/21/12, 9:45 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

In my wildest dreams, right Susi? I know this though, I have to have a new purse for BlogHer12. Are you going?

 
At 5/21/12, 10:19 PM , Anonymous Pearlsa said...

Holy shit! I love all the bags.

 
At 5/22/12, 5:48 AM , Blogger Karen said...

Oh yes, Megan I am in for the bag sponsorship! Thanks for thinking of me, I would definitely do a good review for a Valentino. or Zappos oh man it would be so awesome if Zappo's sponsored me... and had a Pick Your Swag giveaway!

 
At 5/22/12, 11:18 AM , Anonymous Jessica said...

Brilliant!

 
At 5/22/12, 11:50 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

I know, right? The creme de la creme of purses.

 
At 5/22/12, 11:51 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Oooh oooh, can I get Gilt? They're my Zappos.

 
At 5/22/12, 11:51 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Thanks, Jessica :) Easy to write about something you love.

 
At 5/22/12, 2:20 PM , Anonymous Andra Watkins said...

You should definitely get this reviewing gig, plus all the arm-candy swag you can dangle.

 
At 5/22/12, 8:33 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

I think so too, Andra. If love was the barometer, I'd score pretty high :)

 
At 5/23/12, 2:18 PM , Blogger Nurse Elaine said...

Mr. Valentino: I never thought much about your bags until I saw their beauty via Megan's post. Know that I now am a major fan and will be looking around for the right one for me. So, if I were your paid PR wonk (and I have been a paid PR wonk in the past so I get that), I would immediately offer Megan a BlogHer sponsorship and send a Thank You Megan, for the post and the photos note. Many of us bloggers are handbag kind of women and would appreciate more from Megan about Valentino bags.
Yours truly,
NurseElaine

 
At 5/23/12, 3:44 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Elaine, quite possibly the BEST comment I've ever gotten!!! Too freaking funny. Thanks for the loud laugh :)

 
At 5/23/12, 9:42 PM , Blogger Colleen said...

Megan,
you will get it!
It's coming~ :D
The purses look very elegant, floral and pretty. I'm wondering if one of those can be held for daily uses? :)

 
At 5/23/12, 9:57 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Heheh, Colleen, I'm not holding my breath. And yes, some you can use for daytime.

One of mine (out of the three I own) is just too precious, also happens to be my first Valentino - I save it for really super-special occasions. And one, if you look carefully, you can spot on the blog post about Douglas (It's the white purse on my shoulder in the peeing-like-a-dog photo).

 
At 5/26/12, 5:32 AM , Blogger Nurse Elaine said...

Thank you Megan! We need to send Valentino a link to your post - that OK??

 
At 5/26/12, 11:21 AM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Of course it's okay... why wouldn't it be?

 
At 5/27/12, 10:54 AM , Anonymous Dawn Storey said...

I love this, Megan! As one of my friends says: If you don't ask, they can't say yes!

And you have inspired me for today's blog post. Stay tuned...

 
At 5/27/12, 9:32 PM , Blogger Megan Broutian said...

Hahaha, though I've got to remind you that I called dibs on Valentino (I have witnesses). You can have the rest of the Italian designer couture (except maybe Dolce and Gabana, they do make my favorite sunglasses and therefore should be mine, all mine!)

 

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