I suspect this blog doesn’t get all that many views, and to be perfectly honest that doesn’t bother me in the slightest, I do intend to write more regularly so it may improve but that would be entirely incidental as I’m not going out my way to “advertise” this place.
However, out of the blue I have received two adverts over as many weeks, asking me, in different ways, to place advertisements on my blog. This can only mean a handful of things, either my blog is more popular than I give it credit for, something I highly doubt, the people who have e-mailed me are bad at their jobs in finding moderately well viewed sites or they are desperate to spread there messages in a random scatter gun approach. (I strongly suspect that there are more scenarios but I’m not going to give it too much thought)
The first of these came from someone claiming to be “Tammy Foster” from More Digital, ‘a UK based Digital Marketing Consultancy” The e-mail continued as follows:
We represent clients interested in social media marketing on smaller sites with little or no existing advertising and we’re currently looking for advertising partners.
We pay a fixed upfront annual fee which we will agree on with you. Once the ad is in place, payment is made within approximately 48 hours.
Would you be interested in placing a small text-based ad on Theunluckydip.com?
As you’d expect I tried to research the company, the conclusion I came to as to their authenticity was inconclusive. Their website looks genuine enough, but there are also many blogs out there claiming it to be a scam. Regardless of the truth of the matter, I’m not that interested in placing advertisements on my blog, not only because any money made would be minuscule, but also because I wouldn’t want to litter my blog with them, there’s enough advertisements all over the fucking web as it is, I’m noticing them more than ever, and I’d like to try and keep this microcosm clean from the infection.
The second e-mail I get was a different proposition, free content! I received an e-mail asking me to post an info-graphic covering the topic of Bad-Science.
Before I continue I’d like to say that I’m not necessarily apposed to mentioning businesses, or other websites in general, on my blog, for example I previously reviewed Graze.com and added a voucher code (which has been used a surprising number of times), but this was of my own volition and not because I’d be prompted to by the company (although one could argue I was incentivised by getting people to use the code I provided, this wasn’t actually the case, I’ve in fact never used any of credit I’ve gained)
I can only assume the reason this person found my blog to e-mail me is by finding my site via a google search on bad science; I have in previous articles discussed and mentioned both Ben Goldacre (author of Bad Science) and also Science in the Media more generally. I had a few back and forth e-mails with this person before it was revealed to me that the purpose of her contacting me was to place an info-graphic she had recently created to advertise a website she was trying to promote. As you can see I’ve not posted the image, but I have been in a quandary as to wether to do so or not. As a general rule I’m against whoring out my written space to advertise things for a third party, but this person, from what I can gather, is a recent graduate who is trying to get their foot on the employment ladder, something which I can greatly sympathise with, thus my confliction.
As I said at the start I doubt I get that many views to this blog anyway (I never check the statistics), so based on that it could be said that I haven’t really got any integrity of which to uphold, but, I still do not want to place an advertisement from a third party in any form directly on my blog. As a compromise, because I would like to help the stranger out, being the kind guy I am, I’m going to link to the info-graphic she sent me here.
Forgetting it as an advertisement now and looking at the piece itself, another reason for being slightly apprehensive about posting it is that it comes across anti-science, yet some of the points raised are interested nigh important. I am not anti-science yet I think the religious like nature it sometimes can have is concerning. basically I agree with most of Alan Moore’s points in this video:
In summery I do not intend to place advertisements from a third party, of any kind, on this blog anytime in the near future.