I’ve been getting some strange requests over the past few months. Mostly from people wanting to pay me so they can use this blog to sell their stuff.
Since March four people/agencies have contacted me about inserting products into my posts for cash. So far the offers have been basically the same, fifty bucks for referring to a movie or book in a post or actually writing a favourable review.
Actually, I just checked and last month I would have made $250. But I mostly wrote about diabetes, a few ways to recover from manic depression and some general family tragedy. I guess I could probably mention my new iPhone in there somewhere… if someone were to give me an iPhone for mentioning their product.
There was something else weird about the ‘getting paid per post’ offer. Along with a request for my services one of the agencies included a list of other bloggers on their payroll… it actually included a blogger in my blogroll who I really enjoy reading.
The thing with those contracts is you don’t get paid, or the contract gets broken, if you’re up front with what’s going on, so I know why he’s being all hush-hush about it. And I’m definitely not judging, if I could write more often and with greater gusto I’d be getting paid for this crap as well.
And if the money gets into rent territory there’s a decent chance more of my adventures will include a soundtrack by an indie artist who happens to be releasing an album next month. Or toothpaste.
Then back in February there was that PeoplesMD.com thing that I really should have paid more attention towards. Of course there was the health-blog survey put on by the “Mental Health Blog Research Group” at “The College of New Jersey” that wasn’t about mental health at all, it was actually a student study into communication strategies.
One of the cooler requests I’ve had was to be a part of a radio panel on blogging. CBC Radio basically ran down the Ottawa section of Zoom‘s blogroll looking for participants. Zoom was kind enough to suggest me.
The latest request was just a couple of days ago when an American publisher asked if they could send me a book called “Hurry Down Sunshine” by Michael Greenberg, published by Other Press… and the author would be available for any interviews.
There was another book offer I probably should have taken a second look at back in May. That book is called “The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens and Families” by Wes Burgess and it’s published by Viking Books. He was available for interviews at the time as well.
Thanks to a post by Experimental Chimp I found a book called “Manic”, a memoir by Terri Cheney, so I was already putting together a post on the books available to people recovering from manic depression, so I may take both publishers up on their offers. I’ve actually since exchanged emails with Mrs. Cheney.
It just kind of feels like this blog is heading into a weird new place, like it could become something serious. Some days I like the idea more than others.
Anyway, this was supposed to be a No Post Day post, but it turned into a post… which is okay, because now I have a post for Friday.
…in the spirit of No Post Day, I’d be interested if anyone else has been approached.