I know that some people feel like accepting free things and then blogging about them is somehow a sell-out. I think that those people are really like I used to be--a bit jealous that no one wanted to send ME free stuff. I've gotten a few books from authors and publicists, and I am NOT complaining about that. I'm going to read anyway, and I like to share what I'm reading.
Anyway, I'm creating this new label, "bloggy perks" which will mark any of my product/books/music posts that are somehow sponsored by a company who sent me something free. This is NOT a pay-per-post sort of thing. Anything I write is generally borne out of my personal experience with said product, but I am creating this label so that I don't have to always say, "The publisher sent me this book," or "The music company sent me this CD." However, I will always be honest. If acceptable from the company, if I hate it, I just won't say anything. So if I'm blogging about it, it's because I like it. Some companies want the buzz anyway, so if you read something lukewarm, that's my honest opinion which they are seeking.
If you read Boomama (and um, who doesn't?), you know that she's been posting a bit about Monk & Neagle. Because of her far-reaching influence (which she always uses for good and not for evil), they have arranged for 100 bloggers to receive copies of the new CD to help spread the word. Click the link, and you, too, can sign up to receive one, or at least listen to five of the songs (in full, I think). Wow, they ARE good. I can't wait to get the whole CD! More to come. . . .