You would not believe some of the emails that I receive in my inbox. People ask me to promote all sorts of things, from chemical fertilizers to free trips to car shows in Sydney, to eco television sets, all with the offer of a free sample or perks.
To put your mind at ease, I have never been tempted to take up any of these offers, because I hold true to my values, and besides, I would be a total hypocrite if I did.
Most recently, I received this offer, which will make you either cringe or chuckle.
Thanks for taking some time to read this email. I am Antonio, the leader of xxxxx blog team and I am looking for partnership among bloggers. I found that your blog was really active, popular and contended, so here I wonder if there’s any possibility that you cooperate with us.
Here’s the general plan of the cooperation:
First, xxxxxx will send you a FREE pair of high quality and fashionable glasses or sunglasses (you don’t need to pay any fee). After getting the eyewear, you just need to write an objective and real review for it and post the review to your blog. Plus, xxxxxx launched a program offering free eyewear for first-time buyers. Therefore, you can also invite your readers to try our products for free. They just need to pay the shipping. Perhaps your lovely readers will love this program, especially for those who need eyewear.
xxxxxxx is the world’s most popular online eyeglasses store. We have always been committed ourselves to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices. For this reason, we have gained a solid reputation and trust from almost 500,000 fans on facebook.
Please reply to xxxxxxxxxx if you are interested in the cooperation. We are looking forward to your response.
If you had taken the time to actually read my blog, you would have found that one of my values is anti-consumerism. I believe that blatant and excessive consumerism as you are promoting in your email is one of the problems of our time.
Have you never thought of where the materials to make those sunglasses that you are so fond of come from? It comes from oil, which is something that will be in short supply in the very near future.
So enjoy your sunglass business while you can, because in a few years you will wonder why you even sent me an email.
So thanks, but no thanks.
P.S. If you want to learn about sustainable living, and growing your own food, it is not to late to start!
I had to laugh as I was relying, because the other day, a fellow blogger friend, The Frugal Queen, aka Froogs to her mates, posted a page telling prospective advertisers of tat not to even consider approaching her for this very type of offer. You can read her page here, as it is a great message. So to back her up and many other ad free blogs, I too have decided to go advert free to be true to my convictions. I do, however leave a sponsor space for my podcast, which I do need to start up again because I know lots of you like them. Oh, and I left the promotion for my book(s).
Anyway dear reader, do you receive endless spam in your email inbox? What does it tell you about the state of our civilization?