Monday, September 22, 2008

New Thing #255--Are You Interested?

Some of the people on my blog roll receive compensation for their writing, but I think the majority of them, myself included, are just doing it for fun. I get my satisfaction from completing each new activity, and then documenting it each day. (However, I have to admit it increases my satisfaction when I see that someone's read and commented on my posts!)

A while back Gregg at One Dad's Life posted about an email he'd received from a casting producer of a reality TV show, looking to see if he was interested in applying to the show. I figured that if people were soliciting him it meant that Gregg was an "A-List" blogger. If I used the same scale for myself, I'd probably be on the "D-List".

However, I might be moving up in the blogosphere social hierarchy, because today I received an invitation to do a paid review on my blog.

When I logged into my e-mail account this morning this was waiting for me:

I'm the webmaster of [a Website]. I wanted to know if by any chance you would be interested in doing an unbiased review of our site on your blog.

If you agree you can choose between receiving a product sample or receiving a payment. If you choose the product sample instead of the payment the sample is yours to keep and you don’t need to send it back.

Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you.

I didn't know if I should be excited that I might be joining the big leagues, because some system somewhere chose me, or insulted, because I'm pretty sure the e-mail was randomly generated. I'm not sure what keywords they were looking for, but their product had nothing to do with the theme of my blog. Moreover, I wouldn't be interested in using the product in a million years.

In the end I politely declined my invitation, and sent my response on its way. However, I didn't close the door on future review proposals; I subscribed to the company's list. There may be a paid ad in this blog's future.


  1. Have you thought about what you will do with your blog when your year is up? After much consideration, I'm going to unveil mine next week [a month ahead of schedule].

    I've used my blog to get free stuff from a marketing company...but no ads yet. Still loving any/all comments and visitors [I was trying to get one from each state/province], although that wasn't an original goal. I will be sad when the project is over.

  2. I had no idea of what or how the blog idea would take off, but I am enjoying reading others and have others read mine.. it makes the world a smaller and friendlier place.

  3. I once received free tickets to a show at the Fox from a marketing company that asked me to blog about the show before and after seeing it. I thought that was pretty cool. Also, I met fellow blogger Jyoseph at that Fox show and we've kept up a good online friendship since then. That was the best part of it all.