Having worked from home over the past four years for a variety of companies, clients and individuals, I feel very strongly about work-at-home mothers and bloggers in general getting fairly compensated for their work. So when I hear about a blogger not being paid for their work, I will give advice whenever possible, and in the case of Nichole, who has apparently been screwed over by Amanda (blogs: Eat, Love, Shop, Review Central and This, That, and Myself) to the tune of $100.00, offer my blog as a platform for ranting and raising public awareness about the issue.
The condensed version: Amanda contacted Nichole a few months ago and offered her a one month position. Nichole completed the work, expected payment in the amount of $100.00 on the 1st of November, but to date, despite several emails and excuses from Amanda, has not yet been paid. However, Amanda continues to be active online. More outrageously, she contacted Nichole tonight and threatened to sue her for slander. Amanda dear, the term you’re looking for is libel, and because Nichole is stating the facts only, she is nowhere near libelous. The fact of the matter is, she completed the work you expected her to, you agreed to pay her $100.00 on November 1st, 2010, and as of today that payment has still not been made. Facts are facts, and Nichole going public with them, and sharing screenshots of your emails and your public, online contact info (email address, website URLs, Twitter accounts), is not only not anything close to libel, but is also not illegal, as you tried to claim in your email to her.
The long version (written by Nichole herself):
I have recently fallen victim to a little bit of internet drama recently, not something I was interested in. As a former real life drama queen, I try to steer away and stay reformed lol.
A few months back I started posting some reviews at a site called review central. I thought it was an awesome idea/concept and would help me out with my site stats/etc.
I started out as a basic author, and then around the first of november they were looking for someone to take over the site for the month of november. I was interested, sounded like it was for me so I inquired about it. I was told that I would recieve 100 bucks in my paypal on Nov 1. Sounded like a deal to me!
I went to various sites and got a few new authors for the site. I also tweeted the bejeezus about the site. I posted 2 reviews every day (or every other day) as they were submitted/or they were written by me. I was moving at the time, but lo, and behold i’d sit down and be sure I kept up with the reviews.
Towards the end of the month things dwindled down quite a bit..which she understood/was fine with.
Nov 1 came and went with no money. I chalked it up to getting busy/etc and let it ride for a few days. I didn’t want to be confrontational (still don’t) so I just hinted about the money. I was told that she’d be in touch with payment soon. 2 weeks passed. I didn’t hear a word from her or recive payment. I sent multiple emails that were never answered.
Then I checked out her blog..there were updates. I checked out eden fantasys and saw videos posted by her. I emailed Monday (13th) and nothing. I sent out a paypal invoice. nothing. I also sent out another email and two more paypal invoices. nothing.
She had also made a new site/twitter account that I found which was being VERY frequently updated…and here she was still not answering me?
I made a post on my site about the situation, and sent her another email stating that the post would go live on my site with screencaps of emails/site in 1hr. I didn’t hear from her and the post went public. I never said and still haven’t said anything about this sittuation that is not a direct fact. A few hours after the post went public I was contacted saying that it wasn’t her intention to not pay,etc and that she was having paypal problems. She would send me a money order! Sounded fine and dandy to me, so I took the post down. This was on the 18th of November (the thursday before thanksgiving)
I figured i’d recive this money order fairly quickly. By Monday/Tuesday of last week I was getting the idea that I wasn’t going to get it before thanksgiving. I was going to use this money for holiday travel/black friday purposes. I tried to contact her via twitter but no luck.
By Friday of last week I was starting to be very suspicious of the whole sittuation again.
I reposted my previous post on my blog on saturday. I asked people to read it, tweet /facebook about it if they felt the need. I just honestly want the word out there. I have tweeted the link several times since then.. got a few comments and lots of hits.
Today I got an email that shocked me to my very core. This is the direct quote of the email
“I have read your blog post and noticed that you do have my First and Last name visible as well as my email address which are all confidential information. I understand that you may be upset due to the circumstances. These technical issues are never predicted. Regardless, It is illegal for you to post confidential information about me according to the United Nations Declaration’s Article 12. I am requesting that you remove my personal and confidential information from your blog immediately. Also, it is slander to involve other communities such as other contributors of Eden Fantasys by using your blog and twitter. You cannot and should not involve outside sources. I understand that you may be upset and would like to spread the word, however, you cannot include my name and other websites of mine, my personal twitter account, and my other blogs that are not even related to Review Central. You can blog about me and the circumstances of Review Central, but all other sources must and should be removed from your post. I will continue to keep track of these accounts and blogs and will expect all of my personal information to be removed or I will be forced to take legal action. Thank you so much for you time.”
The girl is threatening to SUE me for SLANDER! I am likeo.k. whoa whoa whoa back up the truck here…Slander is when you talk crap about someone. Not when you just state the facts! She says I violated her protection rights under some law because I posted her last name/email address! That isn’t necessairly true either, because that is public domain information!
I feel that I am being BULLIED into taking down this post. I have taken it down for right now to appease her and take out her name and email address off of the screencaps.
I don’t feel that me making a simple FACTUAL post on my own blog..tweeting a link to it and asking people to form their own opinion was anything wrong on my behalf.
I was also told that I am not ALLOWED to have other people get involved(tweeting blogging facebooking ) This is America. It is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH. If people want to help me spread the word, there are no laws against that!
I am pretty sure I will never see this money. At this point, I just want the word out there so that other people know about this sittuation. Maybe I can save someone else from going through this same thing!
Interestingly, Amanda herself commented on a few blog entries of mine, presumably after she read one of the comments I left on Nichole’s original blog entry about the situation. She then went on to contact me privately and ask me to complete an interview for a blog of hers. I declined, citing her screwing Nichole — someone I consider to be an online friend — over.
Has anyone else had any unfortunate experiences with this woman?