Camden Bloggers’ Update

Well, here’s some information to throw in the mix if you’re still deciding whether or not to toss your hat in for one of those 200 free passes to Bloggers’ Day in Camden.

I got an email from one of the organizers:


Thank you very much for your interest in participating in our first-ever blogging project. The participating Camden Waterfront attractions (Adventure Aquarium, Battleship New Jersey and Camden Riversharks) are all looking forward to your potential participation in this event. Our goal is to have 200 of you (plus one guest) experience the area and our respective attractions and tell us, honestly, what you think. Of course, we want to hear about the things each of our attractions does right. But each of us also wants to improve in areas you feel we can. In the end, we will pour over these blogs and learn so that all of us can be the best attractions we can be.

As part of the selection process for choosing our 200 bloggers, we are requesting you submit a link or the URL address to your blog. You can send this information directly to me and [name omitted] at the [participating location]. As co-creators of this event we look forward to hearing from you all.

Good luck and thanks again for your interest.

[name omitted]
Public Relations & Communications Manager
[other participating location]

I haven’t decided how I’ll repsond.

On the one hand, I can understand the desire to somehow screen entrants to ensure that they do, indeed have blogs—since blogs are the order of the day.

On the other hand, there’s something unhappily intrusive about it, and certainly an interesting twist in the language that suggests that this “random” drawing might instead be based upon the [names ommitted’s] perusal and deliberate choice of bloggers to invite.

Speaking of interesting twists in language, can someone unpack the meaning of the stated goal “to have 200 of you (plus one guest) experience the area”? Does that mean 200 each get to bring a single guest, or 200 solitary bloggers with one random guest plucked out of the air? And don’t get me started on the difference between “pouring” and “poring” over a text.

And after saying all of this? I’d wager I’ve pretty much guaranteed that I will not be a select invitee, even if I do bother to send a link to [name omitted].

1 Comment so far

  1. suzanne (unregistered) on May 7th, 2006 @ 1:42 am

    Well, I sent mine. I honestly hope to be chosen because I’ve never been to Camden, even though I’ve traveled a lot and seen quite a few museums and battleships and aquariums. I’d actually like to see the Camden aquarium so I can compare it to Baltimore and New Orleans (which is the best aquarium I’ve ever been to). If I don’t get chosen, I may go this summer anyway.

    Sure, it has the potential to be a ploy. But I think it’s a cool way to use the internet and kudos to them for actually attempting to get bloggers involved and active instead of just dismissing us and saying we’re “worthless trend” or something!

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