2. Self-righteous tweeters.
3. Opinionated know-alls.
4. "Perfect" parents.
5. Companies that email me 3 times in one week with exactly the same email regarding them writing a fabulous guest post for my "site" in order to boost my ratings and improve my content (cheeky bastards) - after I've already replied to them twice saying I don't accept guest posts, sponsored posts, items to review or promotional material on my blog.
I find it completely unprofessional to be contacted by a company who hasn't bothered to research me as a blogger, addresses their email with "Hey Crystal", "Hey Blogger" or "Dear Crystal Jigsaw" before they tell me how much I will benefit from using their links, publishing their material and advertising their totally irrelevant product. Some tell me they can write substantial material for my blog that my readers will find interesting; some tell me they can help me think of ideas for great content; some ask for my rates while some reckon a partnership between CJ and themselves would benefit me immensely by driving an inordinate amount of traffic to my site.
As a matter of interest, do these people not assume I'm capable of writing a decent blog post? Do they think I need their guest posts in order to fill in on the days I have blogger's block? Do they think I'm going to jump at the chance of a partnership with someone I don't know just so they can advertise their company on MY blog? Do they think I was born yesterday?
If you don't want me to tell you again then look away now - I've been blogging more than five years and would class myself as a prolific blogger; I have always managed to write my own material; if I write a blog post that has been inspired in any way by a friend/blogger/online associate, then I will link to that person out of courtesy. Etiquette and manners go a long way in the blogging community, as does professionalism when making a request. I'm very flattered that you landed on my blog but why would you assume I'd want to write about sports shoes made abroad, or amazing events being held hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles away? I'm not sure why companies find it difficult to do a little research before contacting a blogger, but it's manners. Get some.