Last summer I attended Blogher for the first time and it was a confusing, but eye-opening experience. There was so much more to the blogging community than I had realized, and it would take me some time and effort to tap it.
So I started sorting through the various bloggers communities I joined Mom Spark, which was about parenting and blogging and seemed to be a friendly group. I enjoy the posts, and the content, and do not resent the precious moments of my day it takes to keep up.
On the other hand, I also "applied" for Clever Girls Collective. I'm clever, the content seemed interesting. The application requirement was a little weird, but perhaps they wanted to some info to tailor their content to my interests. At the end of the application I received a stiffly worded email that my application would be evaluated for its merit. Yikes! Apparently I had applied for the membership in the bloggers mean girls club. Sure enough, several days later my official rejection arrived. I was unworthy of the collective.
Then, I started getting spam from the Clever Girls Collective. Apparently, though my membership was rejected, they felt free use my email address to hawk their sponsors.
Are they kidding? Why would I support an organization that feels I am not worthy of membership? Apparently clever isn't the same thing as smart.