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.