It is ad renewal time at A Good Beer Blog. You will have noticed some tasteful and subdued notices scattered to the left, quietly doing their job and helping the beer blog do its business. Emails are being sent out to those needing to update their account to keep the bots happy. They generally hum along nicely without remark or response but you will be happy to know there are limits. Limits like that one I reached today when a very nice person from a very reputable firm suggested by email that I publish the following as an actual stand alone post here abouts:
"[Insert Product Category] for Beer Lovers"
For all of you beer lovers out there, grab a cold one and [insert product category]. I guarantee you will love it and know knows you may win some extra money along the way."
I was then instructed to link the keywords [insert product category] to their site at http://www.[insert product category].com. Even now, hours after turning down a fistful of sordid ore that might be swapped for, say, a Nintendo DS... even now it feels creepy. It is not just that you, gentle readers, would have thought me a dupe and a smelly goat for doing such a thing. It is that someone might read this blog and thing I might entertain the idea. For so little.
Frankly, offer me into four figures and it is done in a heartbeat. And I expect that you would understand. I'm no fool. Some of us might even talk about it later over beer bought with the proceeds. It is one thing to know I might not lower myself to just anything. It is quite another to be thought so ill of that I would lower my standards for an insufficient sum of money.