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WeblogsInc Contract for Bloggers. If you have ever been curious what the writers for Weblogs Inc are held to, and get paid. I imagine that there are contract tweaks here and there for more in-demand talent, but it breaks down to $500 for 125 posts a month.
posted by jonah (44 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Very interesting. I was curious about their pay scale, considering how often their blogs post help-wanted notices.

Their rate of $4/post is pretty close to the average revenue per post I get from AdSense on the ol' mapping blog, but that's after 2+ years of slogging. And of course I only post about half their goal per month.

The difference between working for The Man and striking off on your own is that with them, you get paid up front and take advantage of their network to get established quickly; on your own, the potential revenue is greater, and it's all yours, but there's no guarantee that after months or years of worrying about building up ad revenues and traffic, you'll ever reach that potential.

I can think of worse ways to earn a little money, but it's only a little money: it's not always easy to come up with five quality posts per work day, and still have enough time for other income-generating activity, like, you know, a day job. You'd be busy.
posted by mcwetboy at 7:36 AM on August 25, 2005


If I had a daughter, I'd whore her out for that kinda coin.

Sadly, I have no daughter, and nobody's yet approached me with an offer of cold hard fucking cash for my Beautiful Words. I like to think it's not because I lack talent, but more because I am so enamoured of the various forms of the word 'fuck'. And that whole presidential porn thing. That didn't synergize the wonderchicken™ brand very well at all.

Which is to circuitously say, fuck Weblogs Inc for doing their part in turning what once felt like a revolution into yet another obvious gimmegimme Nike Revolution whoreathlon.

(I still nostalgically (mostly) love the dong_resin, but, you know, fuck him, too. He'll know that the stiff central digit is erected with love, I hope.)

Money turns everything to shit. Money is the shit that fertilises the worst of the greedy frondy wind-caressed tall poppies and makes them thrust ever-higher towards the cashsun, and makes lame old snarling curmudgeons like me shake impotent fists and long for the 'good old days'.

I'd just like to close this comment by saying 'fuck' again.

Fuck.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:37 AM on August 25, 2005


Eh, it's better than digging ditches for a living.
posted by SweetJesus at 7:41 AM on August 25, 2005


Fuck, wonderchicken. What do you fucking have against money?

Why do you fucking hate America?

Fuckingfuckityfuckfuckfukfckckcffccfkcfkuffffffffffff

EOF
posted by Mikey-San at 7:46 AM on August 25, 2005


If I got paid per post, I would post a lot more shit.
posted by smackfu at 7:50 AM on August 25, 2005


Let's see, instead of writing one full post, in order to meet the 125post/mth target, the blogger's going to split the usual post into 2 to 3 posts.

The result? Yes.It all turns to shit. More and more rubbish posts are churned out, instead of quality posts.

A good metric should not be the number of posts, i suppose a better one would be how many comments/responses it generates.
posted by merv at 7:51 AM on August 25, 2005


A-fucking-men, stavros.
posted by Floach at 8:03 AM on August 25, 2005


It is a difficult proposition, how do you compensate bloggers if not per post? Once you start getting hundreds of bloggers, you can't really grade each post to decide who gets how much pay.

It looks like Weblogs Inc is trending towards Adsense and I'm curious if they are going to start focusing their posts at higher paying AdWords.
posted by jonah at 8:04 AM on August 25, 2005


merv writes "A good metric should not be the number of posts, i suppose a better one would be how many comments/responses it generates."
Then it's only politicsfilter for the blue from now on. And stavros, no jealousy about the $$ at all?
posted by peacay at 8:06 AM on August 25, 2005


And stavros, no jealousy about the $$ at all?

Oh, yeah. Tons of jealousy. I'm jealous as hell of friends of mine who make bucks from words, at the same time as I try my damnedest to encourage and help 'em along.

Would I take the dollars? Fuckin' A, I would. But if there were any kinda limits at all on what I could write, I'd tell 'em to shove it up their adsensy href-holes.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:12 AM on August 25, 2005


I've heard rumors that many of the first wave of weblogs inc bloggers didn't get paid shit after being promised the moon and the stars.
posted by oldsockymcpuppet at 8:15 AM on August 25, 2005


If it wasn't for money—flowing in one direction or another—none of us would be having this conversation.
posted by cenoxo at 8:16 AM on August 25, 2005


shove it up their adsensy href-holes

Stav, I'd pay you $500 for that phrase alone. Right on btw, brotha.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:20 AM on August 25, 2005


If it wasn't for money—flowing in one direction or another—none of us would be having this conversation.

You got that right, especially if Matt wasn't paying me $4 a pop for my smart assed thread derails!
posted by Pollomacho at 8:54 AM on August 25, 2005


Shit. I only get paid two bucks for my smart-assed thread derails.

YA USED ME, HAUGHEY! YA USED ME!
posted by keswick at 8:59 AM on August 25, 2005


Damnit. I only get paid in recumbent bikes. I like recumbent bikes and all, but have you ever tried to buy a loaf of bread with one? They only give you your change in rubber pants.
posted by loquacious at 9:04 AM on August 25, 2005


$500 for 125 posts?! Dude. Write for a weekly rag and you can average $300+ per article.

Where's your blog revolution now? Gut3nb3rg pwn5 j00!
posted by poweredbybeard at 9:10 AM on August 25, 2005


What's teh exchange rate between recumbent bikes and vibrating brooms?
posted by keswick at 9:13 AM on August 25, 2005


I'd gladly pay loquacious Tuesday for a recumbent bike today
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs at 9:17 AM on August 25, 2005


Stavros, you hsould contact them and see if they have any interest in a fuckBlog.
posted by Mick at 9:18 AM on August 25, 2005


So they pay you a figure far below even the shittiest rate for the shittiest freelance journalistic work, and you don't even retain copyright on what you write, and are not allowed to collaborate with other publications. What a fabulous opportunity.

Eh, it's better than digging ditches for a living.

Well, you'd be making more money for a start.
posted by funambulist at 9:30 AM on August 25, 2005


I believe this is the ever-popular 'eFront business model' which has worked out so well in the past ...</sarcasm>
posted by bhance at 9:40 AM on August 25, 2005


Actually, digging ditches is considerably superior to this deal.

And I fucking love me some stavros.
posted by frykitty at 9:46 AM on August 25, 2005


Were you guys suprised to find out that weblogging is a low-value commodity?
posted by angry modem at 10:09 AM on August 25, 2005


Here, ManlyChicken. You owe Matt four big one$.
posted by cenoxo at 10:37 AM on August 25, 2005


Which is to circuitously say, fuck Weblogs Inc for doing their part in turning what once felt like a revolution into yet another obvious gimmegimme Nike Revolution whoreathlon.

The internet was a revolution. Blogging is just posting updates more periodicly. But I'm with you on the fuck part.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:40 AM on August 25, 2005


As someone who has paid bloggers on staff, let me just say that's a pretty fucked up contract and a terrible rate of pay... I don't know who in their right mind would sign something like that (ok, I suppose I do, but it's sad...).
posted by glider at 10:55 AM on August 25, 2005


Beyond stavros' sentiments, it seems that Weblogs, Inc. is in the business of sodomizing their employees -- in which case, double fuck their avarice on a shit-stained sugar cone.
posted by ed at 10:59 AM on August 25, 2005


A friend of mine recently signed a Weblogs, Inc. contract. The non-compete clause was a concern. One saving grace is that it is very limited in scope. It probably wouldn't apply to print or one's personal blog, but it would if you tried to work for a competing venture (*coff* MSN *coff*).

Ultimately, my friend decided it was well worth it in order to get the wide exposure for their writing. There are lots of opportunities to write on the web, but few of them provide compensation, and even fewer have the substantial audience that my friend will now receive.

If you've already got an established name and freelance career, it's obviously a terrible deal. Otherwise, it's actually pretty good. You get to write about stuff you like, you get a large audience, and you get paid.
posted by chipr at 11:35 AM on August 25, 2005


Meanwhile, Weblogs Inc. is raking in $1million/yr from AdSense alone. Clearly there's enough revenue available to pay a fair wage if Jason were willing.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 11:39 AM on August 25, 2005


Oops. Link to the $1million ref.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 11:39 AM on August 25, 2005


You guys aren't getting paid to post here? You must have filled out the wrong form. I'm going to go deposit my earnings from the critical mass thread.
posted by drezdn at 11:45 AM on August 25, 2005


You guys aren't getting paid to post here?

Hmm... $4/post... Matt, you owe me $18,412. And because I'm such a nice guy, I didn't even charge for MeTa posts. :)

Make that $18,416.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:49 AM on August 25, 2005


Hey, the post was removed! Go figure!
posted by Remy at 12:08 PM on August 25, 2005


Hey, she deleted it from the blog. Anyone save a copy?
posted by smackfu at 12:08 PM on August 25, 2005


Some of the more recent Gawker Media contracts require the writers to place a prominent link to the GM site they're authoring on the front page of their personal site/blog.
posted by jkottke at 12:10 PM on August 25, 2005


It's a low-ball contract, but I would guess it's for their entry-level bloggers. The peeps at Engadget are probably gettign waaaay more because that site driving a huge portion of the revenue, or so I would guess. Same goes for the other higher-profile sites in the WeblogsInc network.

As someone else noted, if you're not currently getting paid to write online, it's not a bad deal-- you get exposure and you get experience, and I really doubt most people signing up for this type of contract have offers from CNET or whomever.

As for the $1m per year in AdSense, I don't doubt that WeblogsInc can get there, but you should note that the post states that if you multiply what was their biggest day x 365, you get over $1m. So they're not quite there yet, plus they must have a fairly high overhead given the traffic they do and the amount of writers/programmers they must employ.
posted by cell divide at 12:21 PM on August 25, 2005


I also would assume that it's a low ball contract and as with any contract, if you think you are worth more, I assume that you would try to negotiate higher.

I posted a link to it because I was really curious about how these upstart blog networks are contracting their bloggers, not just Weblogs Inc. Jason Calacanis is pretty forthcoming with overall earnings numbers, at least in regards to Adsense, I haven't seen too much about their other revenue streams.

If you compare the pay rate with writing for a print pub, then it probably is low. Taking someone from their own personal blog, I will wager that even at $4/post those bloggers make more on WIN than on their own Adsensed sites.
posted by jonah at 12:46 PM on August 25, 2005


Also, according to this article WIN is "paying a flat fee for bloggers ranging from $100 to $3,000 per month" as of April of this year.
posted by jonah at 1:03 PM on August 25, 2005


Remy: " Hey, the post was removed! Go figure!"
smackfu: "Hey, she deleted it from the blog. Anyone save a copy?"

It is still there in the Google cache.

At Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:50:40 AM, Kate Hopkins said…



Here's the basic Contract. I had several disagreements with this, and asked them to address my concerns. At that point, the point of contact I was working with suddenly became silent.

You will note that I got the restitution completely wrong. But money wasn't the reason I didn't sign with Weblogs. The issues I had dealt with section 10 (Covenant Not to Compete) combined with section 11 (Acknowledgements). The contract could be easily interpretted that I could not involve myself with any other food and travel publications (not just web sites) until 6 months after we parted company. I felt very nomfortable with that.

Add to that that posts on their sites means less time I can put on my own. I didn't like that idea at all. So I passed on their offer.

NOTE:

I don't believe that I'm breaking any conifidentiality agreement, as I never signed anything, and anyone can obtain this contract by talking with their recruiters. But I give the admins on this site the option to remove this comment if Weblogs Inc gives them any grief.

1. Engagement:

Weblogs, Inc. hereby engages You as a consultant to Weblogs, Inc. and You accept such engagement effective as of the Effective Date set forth above to provide creative services
(the “Services”) with respect to Gadlin.com and our upcoming Food blog.

2. Independent Contractor Status:

You shall be an independent contractor and you acknowledge and confirm Your status as such. Nothing herein shall be deemed or construed to create a joint venture, partnership, agency or employee/employer relationship between the parties for any purpose, including but not limited to taxes or employee benefits.

3. Term and Termination:

This agreement shall remain in effect until terminated. Either party may terminate this
agreement for any reason (except as prohibited by law) by giving written notice to the other of termination. Such termination shall be effective either when delivered personally to the party for whom such notice is intended, or five (5) days following deposit of such notice into the United States mail (first class postage prepaid), addressed to the party at the address set forth on the initial page of this agreement unless such intended party has designated a different address for
notices.

4. Scope and Assurances:

In performing the Services, You shall adhere to all of the policies and procedures of Weblogs, Inc., which have been disclosed to You, and shall otherwise cooperate fully with Weblogs, Inc.’s personnel. You shall not create any obligation or make any representations on
behalf of Weblogs, Inc. and You will not hold Yourself out to the public as having any right or authority to do so.

5. Consulting Fee:

As compensation for Services rendered, Weblogs, Inc. shall pay You $500.00 for 125 monthly blog posts, along with monitoring of comments, responding to readers in comments, and deleting offensive comments. Posts under the goal of 125 will be pro-rated at $4.00 per post. These posts shall be wholly written by You, be in publishable format and meet the editorial
standards of Weblogs, Inc., which have been communicated to you in our Editorial Guidelines.

6. Expenses:.

Weblogs, Inc. will reimburse You for expenses that have been pre-approved in writing only. Expenses that are approved will be reimbursed only with a receipt of expense.

7. Confidential Information:

Weblogs, Inc. has advised you that, as a condition of Weblogs, Inc.’s use of Your services, Weblogs, Inc. requires that You sign and deliver to it a confidentiality, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreement in the form of this letter. In order to induce Weblogs, Inc. to use Your services, You are herewith executing and delivering to Weblogs, Inc. this letter intending that Weblogs, Inc. rely on it.

You acknowledge that at this time, Weblogs, Inc.’s business consists of creating, marketing, and distributing websites (aka weblogs and blogs) of a consumer and trade nature, as well as providing software solutions for web publishing.

You also acknowledge that, in connection with Your provision of Services relating to the
Business of Weblogs, Inc., you have been or will be exposed to Weblogs, Inc.’s confidential
information. For purposes hereof, “Confidential Information” means all information provided by
Weblogs, Inc. to you, including but not limited to:
(a) any patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property right;
(b) trade secrets;
(c) proprietary information, including without limitation, designs, ideas, data, reports,
research, technology, techniques, analyses, notes, interpretations, sketches, drawings,
works of authorship, samples, models, inventions, know-how, processes, apparatuses,
equipment, algorithms, software programs, software source documents, and formulae relating to research, experimental work, development, design details and specifications,
technical and engineering information, procurement requirements, purchasing,
manufacturing and customer lists, investors, employees, business and contractual relationships, business methods, business concepts, business forecasts, sales and merchandising, marketing plans, financial information; and

(d) any other information that Weblogs, Inc. provides regarding itself or third parties.

Confidential Information shall not be deemed to include:

(e) information which you can demonstrate by written records was previously known to
you;
(f) information which is now, or becomes in the future, public knowledge other than through your acts or omissions; and
(g) information which is lawfully obtained by you from sources independent of Weblogs,
Inc. or its agents provided that such sources did not obtain such information through the
breach of a confidentiality obligation to Weblogs, Inc.

8. Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information:

In consideration of Your retention by Weblogs, Inc., You agree as follows:
(a) You shall not use the Confidential Information except for performing services for
which You have been specifically engaged by Weblogs, Inc. to provide to Weblogs, Inc.;
(b) You shall not disclose the Confidential Information to other third parties, without the
express written permission of Weblogs, Inc.

9. Ownership of Work:

You acknowledge and agree that all work performed, and all ideas, concepts, materials, products, software, documentation, designs, notes, methods, processes, inventions, trade secrets, Confidential Information (as defined above), or other subject matter related to the Business (the “Work”) conceived, developed or prepared by You, alone or with others, in
connection with Your engagement hereunder or otherwise in the course of rendering the Services
are the property of Weblogs, Inc. and such Work shall be deemed works made for hire for Weblogs, Inc. To the extent any Work may not be considered works made for hire for Weblogs, Inc. or title to any Work has not or may not by operation of law vest in Weblogs, Inc., then You
hereby irrevocably assign, convey and transfer to Weblogs, Inc. all of Your right, title and interest
in and to such Work and all intellectual property rights thereto free from any restrictions and
limitations. You shall provide Weblogs, Inc., at Weblogs, Inc.’s expense, any reasonable
assistance required to perfect or enforce the rights granted to Weblogs, Inc.

10. Covenant Not to Compete:

You shall not directly or indirectly acquire any interest in, or publish, design, create, manufacture, write, invest in or otherwise deal with any publication, blog or news source
containing, based upon, or derived from the Confidential Information, except as may be expressly
agreed to in writing by Weblogs, Inc., during the term of this agreement and for a period of six
months following the termination of this agreement;

You shall not own, operate, manage or be employed or engaged in any work that is in direct competition with the Services you provide to Weblogs, Inc., blogging Gadlin.com and our upcoming Food blog, during the term of this agreement and for a period of six months following
the termination of this agreement;
You shall not attempt in any manner to solicit from any customer or supplier of Weblogs, Inc. business of the type performed for or by Weblogs, Inc., during the term of this agreement and for a period of six months following the termination of this agreement; and You shall not employ as an employee or retain as a consultant, or persuade or attempt to persuade any person who is or was, an employee, agent of or consultant to Weblogs, Inc. to
leave Weblogs, Inc. or become employed as an employee or retained as a consultant by anyone
other than Weblogs, Inc., during the term of this agreement and for a period of six months
following the termination of this agreement.

11. Acknowledgments:
Weblogs, Inc. acknowledges that You are being engaged on a non-exclusive basis and that You may engage in 'other business' activities during the term of this agreement except as
provided in Your Covenant Not to Compete as set forth above. 'Other business' activities
includes, without limitation, writing for print publications and for personal web sites, and recording for distribution online, by podcast, CD/DVD, and other recording media. Weblogs, Inc.

12. Miscellaneous:
This letter agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws principles; that any legal action or proceeding relating to this letter
agreement shall be instituted only in an appropriate Federal or State court with jurisdiction over
New York County, State of New York; that the parties hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction
of such courts over themselves and the subject matter of actions or proceedings; and that the
parties waive any defense of inconvenient forum or venue or lack of personal or subject matter
jurisdiction. If any provision of this letter agreement is held to be unenforceable, such provision shall
be interpreted in a way that is enforceable or deemed amended to remove the unenforceable
portion, and the other provisions of this letter agreement shall continue in effect. You agree that the failure of Weblogs, Inc. at any time to require performance of any of
the provisions herein shall not operate as a waiver of its right to require strict performance of the
same or like provisions, or any other provisions hereof, at a later time.

This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and supersedes all prior oral and/or written understandings and/or agreements between the parties hereto relating to the subject matter hereof. This agreement may not be amended except by mutual agreement of the parties in writing.

If the above accurately sets forth our understanding, please sign in the space indicated below and return a copy of this letter agreement to Weblogs, Inc.
Sincerely,
WEBLOGS, INC., Inc


posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 1:05 PM on August 25, 2005 [1 favorite]


Too bad I don't get paid per post. I post almost 30 times a day. I do get a salary with benefits and sick days and all that. That ain't so bad.
posted by brittney at 1:16 PM on August 25, 2005


Since this whole episode is my own doing, I'd figured I'd post the full store (as best as my memory serves). This is a long comment, and if you're not that interested in this story, move along. But since several people have commented, I figured I'd at least fill in some of the blanks of the backstory.

This post is also on my website, which I will not link to. There's a link to my site in the comments already, or you can find it on my member profile.

It seems as if some of my activities have lent themselves to a bit of a controversy. This has led to some people being very, very upset with me (Hi Judith! Hi Jason!).

So in the issue of transparency, in the issue of covering my own tuckus, and to set my side of the record as best as possible, I think I should clarify what I believe to be true. I'll do this via a timeline.

Late May/Early Jun 2005: I read somewhere that WebLogs Inc is hiring food blog writers. Being a food blog writer, I think this could possibly lead to some good exposure. I send the requisite e-mail to ask for information.

Mid June 2005: I get an e-mail back from an Weblogs Inc representative who asks me to call or e-mail back so we can discuss.

June 20th, 2005: We hold said phone conversation. We talk about what I'm currently doing, my current plans and what I hope to get out of writing for WebLogs Inc. I say, exposure, because blogging for money is unlikely. I let her know that I plan on writing for other food sites, and that my own site (Accidental Hedonist) is always a priority over anyone else's. I mention that I write for Seattlest, but agree that I can make them my third priority, below WebLogs Inc.

I also mention my future plans to expand into travel blogs if and when the money is right, even mentioning that I may start my own travel blog. (for the record, AH was intended on being both a food AND travel blog, but I don't have the money to travel all the time).

She neither agrees nor disagrees to these statements I make, and never says that I could or could not do them once I sign the contract with them.

We agree that I will take the lowest consulting available, making me only responsible for 1-2 posts a day, and she promises to send me the contract soon. I promise to send her a bio as soon as possible.

June 21: I send said bio

June 22: (8:15 am) I find out that Time Magazine calls this site a cool web blog, giving it an honorable mention in the food blog category. They say I write with flair, whatever that is. (This isn't just me tooting my horn, although I am proud of this honor. It partially plays into my state of mind which allow me to dismiss Weblogs Inc).


(9:29 am)Representative sends contract. It has several clauses that were not touched upon in our phone conversation. Part of the contract has a stipulation that states I cannot own or engage in other work that competes with WebLogs Inc's food blog or travel blog. No mention of my own site, nor the other sites that I mentioned over the phone.

(10:56 am)I e-mail the rep and tell her of the oversight of the exclusion of Accidental Hedonist.

(11:30 am)I note that the rep had set the consulting rate, making me responsible for 4 posts a day.

(11:38) I e-mail the rep the consulting rate oversight.

(1:11pm) Rep sends updated contract back. I set aside to review later.

Rest of day, I bask in the glow of the Time article. I also enjoy my traffic increase.

June 23: (9:30 am) I review updated contract. Still no mention of Seattlest nor other travel blogs, but in their defense, I didn't mention it in the previous day's e-mail. Do I be a prima donna and ask about it? Or do I let it slide?

(10:12 am) I become a prima donna and ask about it. I ask if these sites were non-negotiable.

Rest of the week: I don't give Weblogs Inc that much thought. I'm waiting for their response before committing any more energy to it. Meanwhile? I enjoy the positive attention the blog is getting.

June 29th: Rep sends me an e-mail saying they've amended the contract to my specs. But no contract is attached to the e-mail. "How rude" I think. I place them on my internal "low priority" list. I do not respond to this e-mail


July 2nd: Rep sends another e-mail asking where my signed and faxed contract is. I tell them I'm really not interested, especially since the positive attention brought forth by the Time article. I don't mention how they never addressed all of my issues, nor do I mention other aspects of the contract that I find odd. I don't need them, and they can easily find someone else.


July 27: Sam, of food blog scool posts an e-mail she's received from someone looking for food blog writers for Weblogs Inc. Being that my experience with them was slightly less than optimal, I decide to leave a comment.

July 28: (5:56 am)I post said comment, but base it off of nothing but my collective memory. There are some factual errors in my comment. I decide to re-review the contract.

(7:50 am) I think to myself, instead of going off of my memory, how about just posting the whole darn thing? I open the contract in Adobe, and no where in the contract does it read "Don't post as a comment on other people's site" or even a "Confidential - do not share". So I share it for the world to see. I do give Sam (who runs Food Blog Scool) the right to remove the comment if she gets in trouble for it.

The rest of the day: People note how crappy of a contract it is.

August 4: The initial sender of the e-mail to Sam that Sam posts about on July 27, complains to Sam. Sam sends me an e-mail stating that the author has asked her to pull the post. Sam asks said author to contact me to talk about the disagreement. Said author never contacts me.

August 25:(10:00 am) I notice I'm getting referral traffic from Blogebrity, specifically from this post. In that post, I'm alerted to the Metafilter post. I leave a comment, giving an abridged version of the escapade.

(10:08 am) Weblogs Inc rep sends e-mail stating that the story in the food blog scool comment is different from the one I gave to her in the e-mail. The rep also mentions that what part of "personal and confidential" did I not understand?

I have no idea what the rep means by "personal and confidential" - no where on the contract is it mentioned. I review their e-mail to me.

Sure enough, in the sig line below the reps name, title, company name, office phone number, fax phone number, IM address contact info, Skype number, i-name web address, Weblogs Inc's web address, and social software's web address, is a line that essentially states that what the rep sent me was confidential. Previously, I had tuned out to their sig line after I got to their skype number, never to return to it again.

Dammit!

(10:33) I send an e-mail back to rep, stating "I'm sorry, I never noticed the 'personal and confidential' bit before, oh and by the way, how come you never responded to my e-mail?

(10:35) I e-mail Sam and ask her to remove said comment, copying the Weblogs Inc rep on the missive.

(10:40) I read the metafilter entry. Everyone notes how crappy the contract is.

(10:45) Rep sends an e-mail saying "What e-mail?" The rep then apologizes for not receiving e-mail.

(11:07) Sam e-mails me back to say comment has been removed. I do save the comment prior to it's removal.

(11:25) I forward the e-mail the rep never got from me.

(11:26) I send an e-mail accepting the reps apology and I apologize for not following up and giving them the proper respect.

Hopefully this will be the end of all of this hub-bub. I made a mistake and hopefully have corrected it. But, as the cliche goes, too little too late.

I wonder if I'll hear from lawyers. If so, anyone got any advice?
posted by AccidentalHedonist at 2:19 PM on August 25, 2005


If I had ever made $500/month blogging there would be more posts on my blog instead of the current one post about why there aren't many current posts at the moment...
posted by clevershark at 6:01 PM on August 25, 2005


You know, pay-per-post helps explain why TVSquad has those pointless, humorless Daily Show recaps every day.
posted by smackfu at 8:43 AM on August 26, 2005


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