I dislike being solicited. I dislike door-to-door salespeople putting me on the spot. I avoid any call I think is a telemarketer intruding on my day. But unfortunately it's hard to avoid some of this type of stuff online. I am finding out this morning that many of you who have blogs posted in my sidebar have been contacted by a group called Experience Project asking you to submit your blogs to their online community. I am very sorry that you were contacted and that they used my name. Yes, they did contact me and at one point, I did sign up for this community-- but I very quickly deleted it when their widget made my margins mess up. I have not been involved with them since that time, nor do I know much about who they are or what their purpose is.
My sidebar is my own personal Google Reader. These blogs are the blogs I read faithfully and believe in. Many, many of these blogs are the blogs of my personal friends. I don't want my friends contacted with promotional stuff any more than I would send a door-to-door salesman to my friends' doors. No matter how good the product is, none of us likes a hard sell. I have written to the two people in charge of Experience Project and let them know that I do not want them to contact any of you all in the future and certainly not to tout me as one of their satisfied customers. I am not saying I don't like EP, I am saying I don't know much at all about them. And it scares me when something or someone I am unfamiliar with starts purporting that I endorse them.
Ok, sorry to do this here but I was getting a lot of private emails from you all asking what this was all about and this is a time-saving method to just post a disclaimer right here where the trouble all started!!
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...