Another dot in the blogosphere?

Blog solicitation

Posted on: July 28, 2011

When I was living in the USA, I had a “No Soliciting!” sign on my front door. I disliked being disturbed by folks trying to sell offering questionable products or services.

The sign was quite effective. I wish the same sign would work here in Singapore so that I don’t get flyers stuck in my front gate or slipped under my door.

Now I am wondering if a similar sign might work on a blog…

I have received email to feature an online resource or article on this blog. I don’t know if I am ready to review or promote something I haven’t found myself.

I have also received an invitation to speak at a regional edtech conference. The invitation seemed legitimate after a quick background check. But in this day of scams, phishing and other nefarious online solicitations, my alarm bells went off.

It was a surprise since the inviter claims to have found me through my blog. It’s not a surprise since I make some of my thoughts and writing public.

The last huge spike in readership and the invitation might seem like good signs. To me they are signs that our digital footprints can leave impressions that we might not expect. For now, I am going to err on the side of caution.

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