This e-mail missive jumped in over the transom today:

“Hi Gearhead, 

We’d like to see if you are interested in connecting with our team here at Coyne PR for blogging opportunities.  We work with a range of different brands in various industries, including Automotive; Food & Nutrition; Sports; Entertainment; and Beauty, and with clients such as Crayola; Mary Kay; Stanley Steemer; Del Monte; Skinnygirl and many more.


We’d love to provide you with opportunities to try new products, attend local events, host giveaways for your readers, and much, much more.  


Please take the survey below to tell us if you’re interested.”

Now this PR House represents some decent clients like BMW and Shell’s Rotella brand that I’ve occasionally said a kind word about, though maybe not in reference to BMW’s current products. Heck, I’d even be tempted to try out a BMW car, if they’d bother to bring their hot rod diesel cars back to America. But by yoking themselves to a sleazy PR mill these brands and there corporate owners have diminished their credibility in this blogger’s view. And if I say anything nice about their products, it’ll be in spite of rather than because of their sleazy solicitation of this blogger’s favor.

Heck, I was thinkin’ of runnin’ over to NAPA to get a couple gallons of Rotella T synthetic while it’s on sale, maybe I should rethink that and get some generic gear oil for the leaky BMW R100GS instead…