It is one of the joys of owning, and occasionally writting stuff for, a blog that one receives a variety of emails.
There are compliments and criticisms, advice offering and accolades, and quite a number of requests for one to promote the wares and serivces of others.
Some will be a blatant “Hey there, my product is awesome and your readers will love it! I won’t even charge you for promoting it for me!”
Terribly magnanimous of the sender. Also completely missing the point, and not having any sort of clue as to what my readers will or won’t like. Not even gone to the bother of reading any part of this – or any other – blog before being obnoxious.
Others offer money. Which is cool.
And others just have me feeling perplexed, and it usually takes me a bit to work out why.
Like one I received the other day. Aside from the bit that says
For this product promotion I contacted you. If you wish to join with us , please mail me back. I will love to hear from you. We can do a partnership business with a monthly recurring commission of 50%.
Although it causes a momentary twitch, I don’t always dismiss an email based on poor grammar alone. I am very considerate of the fact that it takes a considerable amount of effort to start up a business, and I will always give credit for that. It overrides poorly worded emails.
Except where you haven’t bothered to find out my name, find out about my readers, even read the blog, and pitch something to me that is of no relevance to me or my blog, and then word it poorly. Even I have some morals.
What got me about this one was the product they were wanting me to promote, a subscription website with
videos teaching kids how to play
I accounted for English being the not-first language and went to the effort of checking it out. Because do we really need videos to teach kids to play?
Can’t they just … I don’t know. Get off YouTube and the laptop, desktop, tablet device, mobile device, gaming device and maybe just go outside and play?
Alas, my hope that it was just a badly worded phrased was dashed, like the knee of a small child falling off their bike. Assuming they’re on a bike in the first place.
It was legit.
They are charging parents and caregivers and monthly fee to view videos ‘teaching kids how to play’.
Have things changed that much?
Isn’t ‘play’ just a … thing that kids just do?
Like, when they’re ‘bored’ and find themselves at a lose end, and at some point their imagination kicks in and they just start doing stuff in the middle of the living room with some sort of toy, or toys, and just … well, play?
Is it just me or doesn’t the whole idea of ‘teaching’ them this activity kind of make it not play? More a structured activity, or planned thing, or organised something?
Have we, the adults in the world of our children, been such nay-sayers and obsctuctors of the spontaneous that play has simply evolved out of small humans entirely?
Need I be worried?
And am I just adding another layer to the cumulation of Things I’ve Done So Far In The Lives Of My Children That Will Definitely Screw The Up For Life?