From time to time, I come across posts encouraging bloggers to request “freebies” in return for either reviewing the product/service in question, or providing free publicity for said product and/or service.
A Youtube Vlogger, Elle Darby, approached a Dublin hotel asking for a free stay for her and her partner, over Valentine’s weekend, in return for providing the hotel with free exposure on her Youtube and Instagram. The hotelier, Paul Stenson was not impressed and informed Ms Darby of his displeasure in no uncertain terms. The exchange has now gone viral with a good deal of abuse being heaped on the vlogger’s head.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of Ms Darby’s offer (and Mr Stenson’s response) abuse is wholly unacceptable and it is highly regrettable that Ms Darby has been attacked in such a personal manner by some who have commented on the story.
One of my earliest poems is entitled “Fire and reads thus:
“I have felt the fire’s power;
It kindles brightly and sinks within the hour.
I have watched the embers dying fast;
Looked into the future and gazed into the past.
I have raked the ashes cold, felt the bleakness in my soul”.