An Affordable Wardrobe goes in on Style Seek. For the record I like Style Seek a lot, just I also love a good, valid argument.
I am the owner and sole author of An Affordable Wardrobe (http://www.anaffordablewardrobe.com/) a menswear blog dealing with tips and advice for men of lesser means with a sense of style to find ways of living well on a tight budget. As my masthead states, penury is not an excuse.
It has recently been brought to my attention by a handful of my readers that a number of my articles, photos and titles included, have been included wholesale on your new site StyleSeeker. While I suppose I should feel flattered or something that you and other big shot New York bloggers have deemed me fit to include, it escapes me how none of you will put a link to my blog in your blogroll, but have no problem using my content to help your affiliates sell their goods. The fact that I was never contacted prior to use and had to find out “through the grapevine” as it were I find more than a little irksome. The fact that you are using my content, pulled from a blog that deals specifically with thrift shopping and bargain hunting, to help sell expensive luxury goods flies in the face of my work. The fact that someone else is profiting by all this….well, lets just say that as a working Dad with a night job and a home business who does his best to do right by his kids, I am feeling somewhat violated. If my content is going to be used to sell things, I should be getting paid. My boss pays me to help him sell things, and I see little difference here.
For your information, I frequently turn down requests for ad space for products or companies that I don’t wish to support.In the old days, we called that integrity. I do run ads on my site, ocassionally, but I am very choosy about what gets through. It’s nice to get paid by the internet, but it’s nicer to be able to sleep at night. How do you know I care to support the companies and products linked out at the end of the articles you’ve chosen to take from me? If Sid Mashburn wants me to write copy for his bow ties, he can pay me. If Barney’s needs help selling seersucker, I’m open to a conversation. I’m sorry, but the pictures I took of myself, in my own clothes, are not “freebies” for you or them to use to sell things. If you had asked first, or given me any say at all in the matter of how my own work was to be used, I’d be open to discussion. This, however, is a huge turn-off. An Affordable Wardrobe, as I think you know, is all about how to successfully avoid this kind of thing and still come out on top, and you seem to have subverted my writing something fierce.
Or, maybe I’m just not getting this, being a 35+ year old provincial from Boston, and I need a young, hip, New York big shot to explain this to me. If I’m wrong, I’m glad to hear it as long as you can explain this to me. For now, I’m pretty angry.
I will certainly publish Mr. Plett’s response, and I look forward with great relish to it. True, money and recognition are nice, but they are far from the goal:
Please, don’t f*ck with me p*nk, New Yorkies.