Let’s start with the first part of this title. I came across a blog yesterday of a lovely young lady named Eva who is battling with cystic fibrosis, but through her blog is maintaining a positive outlook, and judging from the other readers’ comments, is inspiring others. As some of you know, having a canucklehead wife, and spending a few years living near Vancouver, I also took notice of the fact that she has a CBC special about her. For links to her blog, please check our blogroll link exchanges at the side, or the link at the bottom of this post.
Now onto the second part of the title. As most of my blogroll partners know, I find link exchanges through Google alerts for various keywords related to my cup holder. I have a corporate blog, and try to make cup holders as interesting as I can, but sometimes my intentions are misconstrued. Most exchanges I look for are people with products or services related to mine. Having said that, there are a few sites that I link to without concern of a reciprocated link. Eva’s 65 Red Roses is one such example. Often when I talk to those individuals they tend to check out the About Us or product info site and ask for a sample. I was only offering a sample to help in the original comment I left on Eva’s site, but one reader was very upset with how I said that.
Here is my response to her email:
To whom it may concern:
I feel my comment was a misunderstanding between the two of us. That was
in no way my intent, and my thoughts in linking to Eva’s blog was that it
was a very important case, and one that deserved recognition. I link to
several such blogs from what I apologize is my corporate blog, but that’s
all I have. I linked to these blogs because I feel they are inspirational
and worthwhile for individuals both with and without mobility concerns to
take a look at. A few of these I’ve had no problem adding regardless of
whether I’ve got a link back.
I only explained that I was looking for links, because initially that’s
how I find a lot of these blogs. I have Google alerts set up that give me
sites using keywords related to my product. In the case of Eva’s blog I
was only explaining how I found her. As far as offering a product, I only
offered it thinking maybe it could be a minor convenience. I understand
she is only in a wheelchair temporarily, which is a similar situation to
my aunt, who is having a devastating bout with lung cancer. She lives by
the ocean, and on the rare occasions she gets to go to the beach with her
family, she has to use a wheelchair. She asked me for one of our cup
holders so she could have her water bottle within reach while there. It’s
a small convenience, but one that has helped her, and that’s all I was
trying to offer.
My apologies if my comment came across as self promotion. I was in no way
trying to take advantage of anyone when I wrote it. I just saw what I
believed to be an inspiring young lady going through a challenging
situation while keeping a positive outlook and wanted to acknowledge it.
To the author of the original email, I appreciate you giving me the chance
to clear this up, and at your request I would gladly ask to have my
Best of luck to all who gain inspiration from this blog, and to the
individuals that write on it.
Again I apologize to any I offended with my comment, as that was not my original intent. I still strongly believe Eva’s blog is worth checking out, and will be keeping the link up at the side in our Blogroll section. If you’d like to read more about one girl’s battle with cystic fibrosis here’s one last link.
Thanks in advance for your time and understanding.