Monday, 24 October 2011
Has anyone else had an influx of press releases lately?
In the past couple of weeks, I've been treated to lengthy missives from a hovercraft company (twice), a provisioner of sustainable living & cookery courses, three publishers, two charity campaigns, an airport, a train company, and America's National Peanut Board (who knew that such a thing even existed?!)
For the most part, I'm left wondering why they contacted me. Anyone who's even glanced through my blog archives would surely realise that I don't rehash other people's stories: I only write about things where I have personal experience. So unless you're going to offer me a ride on your hovercraft (note to friendly hovercraft companies: please do!), what makes you think I'm likely to write about it?
I did respond to one of the book announcements, and the publisher is now sending me a copy of the book (about skiing), so that was productive. I wouldn't mind more like that.
Anyway, I wondered, is this happening to everyone (more than it used to), or have I just now ended up on some list somewhere? If you do get this kind of message, how often do you reply? And how often does it lead anywhere beyond an exchange of pleasantries?