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    Guide to Tea Blogging: Ethics, Reviews, and Sampling

    I kicked off a series called Guide to Tea Blogging back in December but haven’t had a chance to revisit it. New bloggers often reach out to me asking for advice so it will helpful to have blog posts on different topics to direct them to. The ethics of sampling come up pretty often so it seemed like a logical next installment.  Ethics and Sampling  One of the obvious perks of writing a tea blog is indeed receiving free samples. However, getting free samples should not be the reason that your blog exists. The same rule applies for press passes to World Tea Expo and other events. Unscrupulously greedy bloggers give the good ones a bad…


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    My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

    This past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I got engaged and spoke at World Tea Expo. The direction of the blog also changed a bit. I find myself doing fewer tea reviews and putting more effort into writing informative posts instead. A big part of that is because of my own changing tastes and preferences. According to my Google Analytics, these are the ten most popular posts in 2016: 5 Buzz Words Tea Companies Should Stop Using Why Microwaving Tea is a Bad Idea 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Drinking Tea Chinese vs Japanese Green Teas What Makes Tea Bitter 7 Clues You Have a Tea…

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    Guide to Tea Blogging: The Importance of Accurate Analytics

    I get a lot of questions about the ins and outs of tea blogging, especially from those who are very new to this crazy thing we do. This post is the first of what will likely be a bit of a new mini-series. I thought I would start with the issue of analytics because it can be one of the most complicated aspects of tea blogging. Those of you who are retailers might also benefit from this kind of information. Regardless of the platform that you use to blog, it’s important to know that the native analytics are unlikely to be accurate. I use Blogger and it took me a while to figure out…

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    5 Things to Do When Contacting a Tea Blogger

    Last week I wrote a post called 5 Things to Avoid Doing When Contacting a Tea Blogger. The response was surprisingly awesome (big thank you to everyone who shared it on social media!). It was only fair that I put a positive spin on it now. It can be hard to know what proper etiquette is, especially if you’re new to the industry. The steps below should set anyone off on the right foot. Do Your Research It’s really important to do your homework before hitting send on that email, tweet or Instagram message. Reading through several weeks of posts will give you a good picture of what that blogger specializes in. What are…

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    5 Things to Avoid When Contacting a Tea Blogger

    +Tea for Me Please turned the ripe old age of 8 this year. As far as tea blogs go, you could say that I’ve been around the block a time or two. In that time I’ve experienced the best (and the worst) of tea company PR. A good portion of the faux pas have been committed by marketing firms but occasionally it was industry folks who should know better. This is a topic that has come up at every Tea Bloggers Round Table that I’ve been a part of so I thought it was about time that I talk about it here on the blog. Here are some things to avoid when contacting a tea…

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    The Hazards of Tea Blogging

    The other day I stumbled upon a VERY old article about the hazards of blogging. They recommended staying anonymous, avoiding making public profiles and advised bloggers to never, ever use their pictures online. My how things have changed! Most of the tidbits they offered were the opposite of the way things are done now but it got me thinking, what are the hazards of tea blogging? This is all meant to be a bit tongue in cheek of course! Carpal Tunnel Hours spent in front of the computer writing blog posts can definitely take a toll on the body. I’ve only noticed this cropping up recently but I’ve definitely got some carpal tunnel…