It seems like every few days now I receive an email from some commercial website or other that suggests they would like to "sponsor my blog." Usually they request that I put a text link on my blog to their site, or sometimes they offer a link exchange.
Wait. Sponsorship involves some flow of funds or other resources from the sponsor to the sponsoree, right?
For a while I ignored these requests.
Then I started fending them off with replies such as...
Thank you for your interest in sponsoring my blog. Our standard rates for providing text links to other sites on Proper Course are $12,495 per year for a minimum commitment of three years, payable in advance.
Usually that shuts them up but one site did come back and offer something like a $100 discount on their advertisers' products, which as I recall were luxury cruises in the Med.
Sometimes I write back and ask them what compensation they have in mind. Usually they offer one or two hundred bucks and then I write back and say that my CFO (aka Tillerwoman) is insulted by their derisory offer.
I don't really want to clutter up my blog with text links to commercial sites that have little or no relevance to the subject of this blog. (Me.)
I don't really need the kind of money most of these people are offering.
On the other hand I am sometimes tempted to reply with a detailed budget for my 2011/2012 Laser "campaign" including new boat every year, new sail every major regatta, travel and living expenses for regattas in Florida, California, Europe and Australia, costs of "training camps" in Caribbean and Mexico, private coaching etc. etc. and offer them a more comprehensive return in exchange for 100% commitment to covering my campaign costs.
Are any of my readers receiving similar requests?
Do you have any creative ways for dealing with them?
Would you like me to forward future offers of "sponsorship" to you?