Do you know that many of the popular blogs you follow have their content suggested by someone else?
Of course, my blog is as far away from “popular” as you can ever imagine, so that never happens to me. Some of you may know that a few blogs out there are paid to cover content in much the same way as newspapers. How else would they know that a new product is launching, or be able to interview company directors for “gems of wisdom”? Yes, some of these interviews were actually words sent in by the companies themselves. Many times newspapers and blogs are not paid, but they do receive pitches from the Public Relations departments of organisations. Pitches are stories from these organisations that they think are news-worthy, which they package with all the needed content such as background information and quotes from company people, and send them to whoever may be interested to publish them. If newspapers or blogs like it, they may modify the contents and then put them up. Reporters don’t have to leave their seats, and our newspapers are kept packed with info from day to day. Quite a large proportion of news are the result of these pitches, and celebrity blogs receive hundreds or thousands of pitches everyday, from which they select the relevant ones they like best.
It can be hard to send in a pitch that caters to them, though. It’s got to compete with so many other pitches, and reporters do have a short fuse, especially when it’s nearing deadlines. There has been a blog collecting all the complaints from reporters and bloggers of bad pitches, and you can see it in badpitch.blogspot.sg. Here’s an example of a humourous pitch someone received (that wasn’t intended to be).
Subject: Anna Nicole Smith Would Be Six Feet Under If She Used KeepYouSafe.com
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ANNA NICOLE SMITH WOULD BE SIX FEET UNDER IF SHE HAD KEEPYOUSAFE.COM
Online Safe Deposit Boxes Help Families Avoid Ugly Legal Hassles
New York, NY – February 27, 2007
What do former playmate Anna Nicole Smith and Godfather of Soul James Brown have in common? No, Brown didn’t father Smith’s child (at least as far as we know.)
But even if they didn’t get together in life they share the same problem in death — their embalmed bodies are trapped in legal limbos. And both could have been resting in peace by now if they’d had Online Safety Deposit Boxes from KeepYouSafe.com.
Instead of being quietly laid to rest the embalmed bodies of the two deceased celebrities have become the ropes in legal tugs of war over their estates, turning their already festive legacies into increasingly strange sideshow acts. Their truly private business could have been kept out of the public eye if they’d just planned ahead – and then stashed their updated wills somewhere secure and accessible.
KeepYouSafe.Com provides free Online Safe Deposit Boxes and other services to individuals and businesses that wish to securely store important records and other vital information. Owners may grant access to a Box to family members and trusted friends. Information stored in the Box is 100% safe from tampering or any other threats to a document’s legal integrity and can be accessed from anywhere, via the Internet.”
People across the country have been transfixed by the bizarre legal wranglings over the burial plans of Anna Nicole Smith and James Brown, but these two high-profile cases have highlighted an issue that many Americans often avoid thinking about – their burial and internment plans, and the timeliness of their wills,” said Eric Wolbrom, COO and co-founder of KeepYouSafe.
“People absolutely need to take care of the business of their lives now, draft their wills and document their final wishes and place that information somewhere that’s secure but accessible.””Parents especially need to have their affairs in order. It’s unpleasant to think about where you want to be buried and how your estate should be handled, but it’s a necessary chore and something that you do out of love for your family.”
Presumably both Smith and Brown each knew where they wanted to be laid to rest and how they wanted to take care of those who survived them. If they had settled their affairs before they passed away and left clear instructions in a KeepYouSafe.com Online Security Box, their families could now be focused on healing rather than litigation.
And, in Smith’s case, there’s a special bonus: had she told her family where she wanted to be buried we would all have been spared the overwrought theatrics and judicial bawling of the Judge Larry show.
As most of the world knows, Smith died in a Florida hotel on February 8, with legal disputes soon following in Florida, California and the Bahamas over where she should be buried and who should have custody of her infant daughter. At last count, three men claim to be the father of the child.James Brown passed away on December 25, 2006. His body also remains unburied until questions involving his estate, the actual paternity of those claiming to be his children, the legality of his fourth marriage and where he should be laid to rest have been resolved.
Online Safe Deposit Boxes are obviously not going to magically sort out the many complications of lives lived at full throttle. But Brown left a will that had not been updated since his now-contested marriage to his fourth wife and their birth of their child. Smith’s will was drafted prior to the birth of her daughter and the death of her son last September.”
In addition to our Online Safe Deposit boxes we provide information that helps people really think through their planning for the future and for emergencies,” said Wolbrom. “We like to think that if Smith and Brown were clients, they’d have left their families with happy memories and clear guidance regarding their final wishes.”Plus most people would probably agree that they don’t want their last decisions to be made by Judge Larry.About
KeepYouSafe.Com provides Online Safe Deposit Boxes and other services to (LIVE AND DEAD, says us) individuals and businesses who wish to securely store important records and other information and be able to access those stored records from anywhere, at any time, via the Internet. The personal information stored in an Online Safe Deposit Box is available to the box’s owners only, unless individual box owners choose to grant access to family members and trusted friends. Each box’s contents are protected by the same strong encryption and other security technologies used by the U.S. military to secure top-secret data.
Information Survival, LLC, provides the KeepYouSafe Online Safe Deposit Box service.
The service was designed and developed by a team of certified security professionals with decades of deep experience in keeping critical data safe and secure. Information Survival LLC is a privately held security company based in New York.
I mean whut. This was taken from their blog, by the way. What does a poor deceased celebrity have to do with online safe deposit boxes? So when making pitches, remember to keep them short and to-the-point, and relate them to relevant news.