I never thought I would be here writing about another blogger and their integrity after dinner, but here I am. I’m talking about you, Love, Geeky Girl. I’m talking about one of my Twitter mutuals, Nerd House. He told me earlier today that you had blocked all of his accounts two weeks after you hired him as an intern and that you never paid him. You’re probably wondering what I have to do with all of this, but the fact is that I shared your link with him after I saw his tweet asking about any vacant social media or remote positions.
And that was back in late October. He later messaged me to tell me he got the job and I congratulated him.
But what I didn’t know was that this was all under a false pretense. Admittedly, I skimmed through your post and didn’t think much about sharing it. The last couple of weeks I saw him do giveaways on Twitter and actively promote your blog. I saw the number of followers double on Twitter due to his promotion. Yet, you decided not to pay him even though you mentioned that this was a PAID position:
So in part, I do feel a little guilty for having passed this onto him and learning the truth today. We were discussing how we should deal with this matter, since he was afraid that someone else would be roped into this scheme again. True enough, we see you post another casting call:
Please stop and be honest with people. Be honest with yourself.
How do you expect to gain trust and build up a strong community of supporters? If follower numbers mattered that much to you, you could always just buy them. Credibility has very little to do with the number of followers or likes you have. We all know that one person with thousands of followers but with very little engagement on their posts.
Now I don’t think that you’re the most evil person in the world and I’m not sending people on a witch-hunt for you or anything like that. All I’m saying is, if you say you’re going to pay someone, you should do it. Hell, I only worked like 2 days at this call centre before quitting and they still offered to pay me.
This is a chance to right your wrongs.
And I sincerely hope you do right your wrongs. Because karma really is one heck of a force – for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.