(Closed) Rejected after Applying to be a Bee?

posted 8 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Hi! I haven’t applied to be a bee but I know a LOT of bees applied multiple times (like 3) before they got accepted. I think that what is most important is to have a really clear blogging voice, lots of pictures, and also to have an interesting/different story to tell. Most of the bees that got rejected a few times first say that what changed for them was that they refined their blogging style. The good news is that you have lots of time! Good luck!

Post # 4
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259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got the same kind of feedback. I hadn’t realized, you’re right, they don’t really give specific reasons, but it probably just means that your style/voice isn’t developed enough yet, and all that CorgiTales says above. Good luck when you reapply! Apparently it’s pretty much the norm, so try not to feel too discouraged πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

I think that’s the pretty typical rejection letter–I know that’s the one I got when I was rejected the first time! There’s no way Penguin could personally write feedback to each applicant (they seriously get hundreds, I believe) so unfortunately they have to use a form letter.

I got rejected the first time I applied for Weddingbee, and I think it was because I just didn’t have enough really done or planned yet. I applied at 8.5 months from my wedding, and looking back, my plans just weren’t solid enough to be a blogger. Then I applied at 6.5 months away, and was accepted! I’d say keep blogging, give yourself some more time to solidify your plans, and try again in another month or two!

Post # 6
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575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I applied 4 times, and got rejected the first 3. It’s tough. I got that same letter and was super frustrated when I got rejected. After the third rejection I contacted a couple bees that I’d met at an Austin get-together to see if they could help. They both looked over my blog and gave me suggestions for how to improve. I also did email Pengy after the third time to see if she could give me a reason. She didn’t give me specific to my blog reasons but she told me what she personally looks for in a blog. All of that seemed to do that trick because a month later I finally got accepted.

I would just keep plugging away, really try to find your voice (and have fun writing), include lots of pictures (with sources) and have fun! And if you want to look at your blog I can always do that too. Good luck!

Post # 8
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

@ohheavenlyday: I just remembered a good tip that maybe Bee or Penguin said at one point–basically a good rule of thumb is that if you’re still at a point where the only pictures you have to post are inspiration boards/pictures of other people’s weddings that you like, you’re probably not far enough yet. When you’ve reached the point where you have pictures of your own stuff to post (save-the-dates, etc) then you probably have enough planning solidified to be a good blogging candidate.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Good luck with applying again! 

Post # 10
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I”m so new to this site (and my wedding is in 3 months!) that I didn’t know you could apply to be a bee!!! (haha, funny sentence) lol  Also, what would be the perks?  And blogging?  Wow … I’m definitely out of the loop.

Suppose I’ll stick to the boards, I absolutely love em!!  But, good luck trying again … afraid I don’t have too much insight about the background of it, but I’m sure, (based on the posts) that if you keep reapplying and putting things together, you’ll get accepted. 

Persistance kills resistance!!!!  Laughing good luck!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I was just wondering how long it took them to respond? I applied about 4 weeks ago but haven’t heard back πŸ™ Just wondering if that means anything!?!? Tongue out

Post # 12
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119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Rancho San Carlos

For what it’s worth, I applied June 2, and didn’t hear back until July 14.  I don’t think the amount of time passed necessarily has anything to do with whether or not you’re accepted – it probably depends on how many applications are currently under review, how many openings they have, Pengy’s schedule, etc.  I would say to stay optimistic!  πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee

Where do you all blog? Here on the WB? Or somewhere else?

Post # 14
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1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

Pereserverance is a must!! I myself applied 3 times and the third time was a charm!  I also had long waits after applying and don’t think that necessarily means anything.  When I first applied I didn’t have much of my own stuff posted and hadn’t really found a voice yet.  With time and patience and some revamping I was able to find my voice and gather the courage to apply yet again.  It can be frustrating to open that rejection letter, but what I found got me through it was simply putting more focus on my blog and gathering a readership.  I also paid a lot more attention to the clarity in my writing and did my best to write in a manner that was clear and consistent.  I don’t have the best grammer and made a point to use blogging as a way to improve my weaknesses.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Belle2Be: I have a personal blog that I started earlier this year. I was originally a private blog for my mom and BMs but now i really enjoy it and have a lot of great blogosphere BTB friends πŸ˜€

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