Targeted by Marketing Departments
I don't know about the other geobloggers out there, but yesterday I received an email from the marketing department of a geospatial technology company to try out and blog about their product. Does anyone else get these? Something initially felt wrong about it—being targeted and all to pimp someone's wares. Then I thought, "hey, this isn't so bad. Do I actually have street cred that a pretty successful technology company would want me to review their stuff?" It's kind of nice to have that reputation, I guess? Still, I would rather write about interesting things I discover or have an interest in. Perhaps it's that "push–pull" concept that I'm wrangling with? I don't mind the nudges from time to time, but it worries me that I'm going to be a target for everyone and their mother to spam me with emails asking me to sell their kitchen sink. Anyway, I don't know? It's been a long week.