Yesterday Trisha wrote a post about the Savvy Blogging Summit put on by some women (not Trisha). There a few things I’m not fond of but am specifically against the fee. The NONREFUNDABLE $5 fee to apply to even be considered to attend the summit. Just to say that again….. You pay $5 to apply. You may or may not be approved. If chosen approved, you pay the $250 summit fee. If you are NOT approved, you get nothing.
There is no other way for me to say it but it’s just plain wrong. To have the denied applicants paying the bill for approved applicants is wrong. The reasoning behind the fee is “the $5 is to make it for people who are really into taking their blogging to the next level etc”. One person said it well (and I won’t mention his name just in case they don’t want to be known), if people are willing to shell out the $250 summit fee and travel expenses, don’t you think they ARE serious??
Just to give you an idea—If 500 apply but only 200 are chosen, that leaves them with pocketing $1500 from those unapproved applicants. EDITED TO ADD: I heard that only 60 are getting chosen…ummm, no comment.
I got TONS of DM’s and emails yesterday from people who don’t want to speak up because they are friends with some of these “savvy bloggers” but I’m speaking up because I DO NOT want any people who follow me to think it’s okay to be charged like that. To pay to apply and if not approved, get nothing. IT’S NOT OKAY! And if other bloggers are worried about stepping on toes, I understand, truly I do but for me, it’s about protecting the new bloggers that will fall prey to it. If you are not approved, you should at the very least get your money back, no ifs ands or buts about it.
What really ticks me off is that when a question/concern is asked, some of the “savvy bloggers” decided to be snarky or call it drama or jealousy but that’s the furthest thing from many of our minds. We simply want answers to our valid questions/concerns.period. We simply are trying to make sure that people aren’t be taken advantage of.
I want to thank Erin for doing her best to answer some of the questions in a professional, respectable manner…too bad some of the others didn’t follow suit.
My suggestion is to completely do away with the fee and preferably the application process(which is a whole ‘nuther story). If you need that $5, add it to the summit fee. There are better ways, this is not one of them.
P.S. It’s not about the money. It’s not about trying to stir up trouble or anything like that. It’s simply saying it’s not okay.
And just another thing to add….most of these are FRUGAL bloggers right?? Well that’s real frugal. #justsayin’