I get all kinds of strange emails. A lot of the time, it’s people trying to get me to sell something or promote something. Usually these things are totally off-the-wall and not even related to the topics I write about. These emails start out like this: “We have contacted you as we feel your readers/fans/followers might have an interest in (insert whatever they’re trying to sell or promote).” One recent one was a website where people could dish about topics like Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan. I think that’s the first time the words “Kim Kardashian” and “Lindsay Lohan” have ever appeared anywhere on my website, so I’m pretty sure they aren’t hot topics of interest here. I also get all kinds of emails asking me if I sell this, that, or the other. Everything from candles to recently a request for corn husks. Then there are all the advertising companies. I’m very particular about advertising. I work with Federated Media, who provides quality, filtered advertising guaranteed not to offend my readers and help me support the overhead of this website. Not interested in any of these off-the-wall, never-heard-of-them ad companies that might put up porno ads for all I know. I get so many of these that they’re downright suspicious.
I never respond to these types of emails. (Well, usually I respond to the people who want to buy something to explain that I don’t sell stuff.) Most of the emails are in the spammy zone as much as the ones from Mrs. Navara Manolo, who is in a sick bed in the hospital and will be undergoing surgery any time now, but she wants me to know that I’ve won the Loteria Nacional. As soon as I send the fees, they will release my prize money!
Anyway! I did find this recent email interesting.
Hi, I’m the president of an online content company that specializes in running long-established content websites. We are interested in purchasing your website, chickensintheroad.com. Please let us know if you would be interested in selling it or not and we will be happy to make an offer.
Like I would sell my website! With all my writing and photography! All my hard work!
I’m pretty sure this is as spammy as anything else and they might offer me $500. Or ask me to pay a fee and then they would release my prize money! But then I was like, hmmm, what would I sell my website for? Would I sell my website at all? What would I do, where would I go, who would I be if I sold my website? What if they offered me a million dollars? As if. But. Would I sell my website for a million dollars? I love my website. I love writing my website. I love what I do. What if I could sell it but still keep writing it? Would I do that for a million dollars? Give up ownership of my website? I would have no control over it. They could start running porno ads for all I know! They could tell me what I could and couldn’t write. And so on.
Would I sell Morgan? It’s almost the same! This website is my baby. It inspires my life, motivates my days, drives me out of laziness and depression, and satisfies my creative spirit. It fills my heart with gladness. You can’t sell–or buy–that.
Besides your family (i.e. PEOPLE), what would you NOT sell for a million dollars?