When a solicitation has NOTHING to do with the article

Over in the sidebar to the right, you’ll notice I have a statement saying that I reserve the right to publicly post any solicitations I receive. I’d been hesitant to actually do this, thinking the warning would be deterrent enough. But since that hasn’t been the case, and the most recent solicitation is completely nonsensical, time to start doing it.

This latest solicitation is from Caroline Langley. I actually didn’t see the original solicitation as it must’ve been filtered to my spam folder, or I just deleted it without opening it. But I received a follow-up from her today.

Here’s the original solicitation:

Hi there,

I was just browsing your website and saw you were interested in tech from this page (http://www.kennethballard.com/?p=4398). So I thought you might also be interested in linking to a resource we put together on the ways technology is improving our health.

Here is a link for your review:
Our post is comprehensive, up to date, and quotes trustworthy sources to give our readers the best information available. We think it would be a great resource for your readers as well.

If you were willing to add our link to that page, I would be more than happy to share it to our tens of thousands of social followers to help you gain some more visibility in exchange.

Let me know what you think and thanks for your consideration!


P.S. I understand some people don’t like to be reached out to, if this is the case, let me know 🙂

I think the sidebar should’ve been hint enough that I don’t want any solicitations.

And the e-mail shows that she basically just found an article on my blog to call out without actually reading it. Since the article, “On improving our situation regarding firearms“, has nothing to do with health and wellness, and doesn’t mention technology in any fashion beyond improving NICS.

At least previous solicitations I’ve received, most of them anyway, were actually relevant to the article they were calling out. This…. this is beyond nonsensical.

So Caroline, if you happen across this, consider this my response since I’m not going to respond directly to your e-mail.