Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Because my blog is pretty specific subject-wise, I end up getting a lot of sci-fi/fantasy related email. I get a lot of stuff from TV networks looking to promote their newest shows or online magazines that have articles they think will interest me. And for the most part, that's great. I started this blog as a hobby; something to play with and hopefully find other people who have similar tastes to my own. I really didn't know that blogging would become the new frontier for advertisers. But it seems the world's a marketplace and there is no place on earth that will be overlooked. I've dabbled a bit with tiny amounts of advertising-- to absolutely no profit to me at all. So I moved on to free books in return for reviews; which is a sweet deal as far as I'm concerned. And I keep an eye out for freebies-- as you all know. And I've tried to stay away from too much overt advertising. But one little thing caught my attention. It involves a big screen TV. I got an email advertising the release of the 20th anniversary edition DVD of The Princess Bride. I ignored it. Then I get another email saying they're having a contest and the winner gets a 42" plasma TV and home theatre system. Okay. Now I'm paying a little more attention. Unfortunately this isn't an enter your name and win contest. Nope. You gotta work a little. Frankly, I'm not the type that bothers with competitions in which I actually have to do anything. But the prizes on this one are pretty good and I thought, maybe, there might be some people who frequent this blog who might be a lot more creative than I am. So, if any of you just happen to like dabbling with your video cameras (not like that!) here's a link to the contest. Ode to The Princess Bride Contest The basic idea is that you create an "Ode to The Princess Bride" video for a chance to win a home theatre system. I think there are also autographed scripts as part of the prize package, but really, I'd just want the TV. Anyway, now I've done my bit as a shill for the advertising industry. I hope you still respect me in the morning.