Some Behind-the-Scenes Stuff:
In the opening of this episode, I discuss the somewhat sticky issue of getting products for free. There are 3 ways I obtain products for review:
1- I buy them.
2- I email a company, and they send it to me.
3- Someone reaches out to me and asks for my address to send me something.
I always disclose when I’ve received something for free, but over time option #2 has no longer sat as well with me. Because how can I be objective if I’m asking a company for something and then they grant it?
My plan on BLP is never to slam a small company’s product. But with options #1 or #3 I feel like I can just . . . not cover something if I don’t have at least some nice things to say. With option #2, I feel obligated.
So, I’m done with option #2. For the most part, I will plan on buying my own products to review for BLP, though I will not reject a company (or a listener — some lovely people have sent me their extras that they are not using!) if they want to send me something to check out.
Layered Living Planner
So here we go — a product review! And yes, I purchased this one for myself (option #1 above) because I was intrigued and wanted to check it out.
Here are a few shots, but if you are interested in this unique goal-setting planner I recommend listening to the episode for full details!
The Layered Living Planner is a planner/goal-setting manual targeted to women. It’s also from a Black women-owned company called Herspaceco and many of their users (based on insta) seem to fit this demographic, but it does not at all feel exclusionary to anyone else.
In case you can’t tell — I really love this product and the concept behind it!
Layered Living retails for $55, which seems like the right price point for what you get. The paper is lovely — bright white with a nice tooth. NO smudging in sight and no bleedthrough even with a brush pen! I preferred my Pentel Gel Clean 0.4 on this paper, but really anything would work.
In this episode, I also reminded listeners that BLP ad space is open and for sale! My goal is to attempt to at least neutralize production costs (which are admittedly slightly higher if I buy most of my review items).
If interested, you can email me and I will send rates. Currently, episodes are receiving about 3K-4K downloads/episode, but hopefully can continue on an upward trend. (BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T WANT TO LISTEN TO A PLANNING PODCAST!? JK. I know not everyone. That’s okay. But it’s been fun to make it and I’m glad some are enjoying!)