Don’t Spam a Bookworm Blogger, Grammarly!


So earlier today I received an email with “Grammarly Blog Sponsorship” in the title. Here’s the email with my thoughts in bold. 

Hi Kristy,  (Why hello there) 

I just stumbled across your review of “The Fault in Our Stars” (which is fantastic, by the way) (Why thank you. It’s a fantastic novel.)  and thought to myself, “What a perfect fit!” We’re currently looking to sponsor bookworm bloggers (Thanks for noticing my bookworm blogger skills) like yourself with a small text ad to appear in one of your blog posts in exchange for a $10 Amazon gift card. (So far so good. Who doesn’t like Amazon gift cards?). 

In case you haven’t heard of us, Grammarly is an automated online proofreader that finds and explains pesky grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes that are bound to find their way into any writer’s first draft. (But I already utilize Microsoft Word & an editor & I’m very satisfied).  Think of us as a digital second pair of eyes that saves you the embarrassment of making a silly mistake on anything from book reviews to manuscripts. If you’d like to join our 4 million users and try the premium version of our proofreader for free, let me know and I’ll make it happen!  (Hmmm…) 

Please send me the expected publishing date and topic of your next appropriate blog post (ideally something about books or writing) so I can give you the details you’ll need. (Is this…SPAM????) 


P.S. Let me know if you ever find yourself in foggy San Francisco; I’d love to grab some coffee. :)    ( I’m a bookworm blogger and a coffee addict and I did enjoy my trip to San Francisco a few years ago. Hey Nick, do you ask all bookworm bloggers for coffee?! I bet you do!) 
So I did some googling (I heart you Google!) and alas this is a stinky spam! Anyone else receive this email? 
I did however read some fantastic posts from other bloggers about their experiences which made me chuckle. This one is the funniest:
Grammarly Wants My Credit Card Number So That They Can Tell Me I’m a Plagarist – http://blasphemoushomemaker.blogspot.com/2013/06/grammarly-wants-my-credit-card-number.html



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  1. I’ve had this e-mail too! Thought it a bit strange.

  2. The sad thing is that I’m wondering if I would have caught on as well? Probably, but you never know. I get excited about ridiculous things that make me feel special.

    Love this post. Love it.
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  3. Yes, I’ve received this email several times. Today, the perceptive Nick emailed me: ‘I just stumbled across your review of “Chances” (which is fantastic, by the way) and thought to myself, “What a perfect fit!”’ The only problem is, I published no such review.

    It’s sad that Grammarly, which is a perfectly reputable program, has chosen to destroy itself in this puerile way. BTW: if you input this term into Google, you’ll get back around 6000 citations: “Let me know if you ever find yourself in foggy San Francisco”.

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