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Are Bloggers the new ‘Media’?


There is much talk about bloggers being viewed, or perhaps narcissistically viewing themselves, as media. Me? I view my self as someone with an off-beat view on everyday life that keeps me entertained and helps me from not going over the edge from the stresses of life. I have long kept my friends entertained this way and started to blog to bring this warped vision to a bigger audience. (friends and family getting bored).

You can only imagine how surprised I was to find a link in my stats that brought me here. For those too lazy or not inclined to click that link, my blog post about CallAhead portable toilets has been featured on their website in the media section! 

This is where I tell Gary about how bloggers get free stuff all the time when they mention people’s products. Hey, CallAhead has a better social media strategy than J&J for Motrin? Yikes, way to go potty guys! Do you guys Twitter? You can find me there @amyz5.

Gary’s response: Great, so what will we get, a free porta san on the front lawn? You couldn’t blog about BMW?

Ok, so here’s the thing. If the social media director at BMW is out there scanning blogs I just want to let you know that I am a really loyal customer and I love, love, love, my X3 and the lease is coming up soon. And Gary happens to have a really sweet 325ci convertible that is getting kind of old and we have a kid in college and another one on the way into college so car $ are tight and I would be real happy to blog all the time about your fantastic products because frankly BMW is my life and we could do a thing called extreme vehicle makeover where you drive away my old car and bring me a new one just because I happened to write about a billboard with a funny slogan on it about being #1 at picking up #2…

Alright, so maybe the CallAhead on the front lawn is a little more realistic.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

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Why Pay that Pesky Tuition?

OMG, I love this so much. I have been saving all sorts of scam emails for awhile. (to date I think I am eligible to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 billion dollars from South Africa – if only I had the time to respond).

Let’s dissect this one, shall we? “Now you can Buy Bacheelor, Degree, MasteerMBA, PhDD at LOW Price!!”

The key takeaway here is the low price (note the two exclamation points). Degrees guaranteed. Spelling is not.

“100% No Pre-school Qualification required!”

Great, a Ph.D. and I don’t have to worry about having gone to pre-school. That is a good thing because in my generation we did not.

And of course my favorite: “…available in the Field of your choice so you can even become a Doctor and Receive all the benefits that Comes with it!”

Let’s forget the content for a moment and try to figure out the rule of capitalization they used here. So let’s see, I can become a doc, have all the benefits (nice house, nice car, nice office, free band-aids) and never even go to pre-school. Not bad. I think I need to find the follow-up program on where to buy my malpractice insurance.

I particularly like that I can see the BCC list and that one of the recipients is

Perhaps this is a subliminal message about the horse they are coming in on.

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