As blogging has become more mainstream, many brands are looking to partner with bloggers as a way to promote their products and services.
You can read more about this in my disclosure policy here, but I accept only a small amount of the pitches I receive to review products on the blog, due to either reasons of timing, content planning or appropriateness.
Late last year I went back to some of the companies who had contacted me earlier in the year. They were companies that had products I deemed a good fit for the blog, but that I had declined to review due to timing and content planning reasons.
I sent them a proposal asking if they would be prepared to donate to the Christmas Drive that Apples and Jam was running. I asked if they could donate 300 of the same item to go into packs for children, who would otherwise receive little else for Christmas. Apples and Jam wanted to make 300 hampers and I wanted to help them make them as great as possible for the kids. In return I would review a product of their choice to those companies who donated. (The photo above is of 2011’s packing session, unfortunately I could not make it to the 2012 one.)
I approached many brands and for a variety of reasons, I received a number of rejections. Papermate, however were very happy to support this cause and come on board, for which I am and many, many children are also grateful.
I am hoping that I can do more to leverage the blog to assist not for profits and those in need this year and am working on one at the moment, that I am pretty confident will go ahead.
I would love it if you would support these brands who work with me to help others in the community, who are in need, by checking out their products, facebook pages etc, so it will encourage more brands to help out as well.
PaperMate InkJoy Pens
I love a pen that glides as you write and this is what you get from PaperMate’s InkJoy pens. They come in an extensive range of colours, handy if you like to colour code your to do list 🙂 .
The design makes these pense more comfortable to hold, so it will also make it easier to keep filling in all those school forms you have to deal with this time of the year!
The PaperMate InkJoy Pens are available from all leading stationery suppliers.
Are you a colour pen writer or do you prefer traditional blue and black?