I'm told that being a powerful and influential member of the new media is a gateway to all kinds of free swag. Marketers bombard you with product samples, review copies of every sort, giveaways...it's a never ending stream of freebies.
At least one company has now recognized Propnomicon as a true trendsetter and opinion shaper.
Them: Hello, we're a large internet retailer and we would like to do a giveaway with you. After careful study we've determined your audience would love our products.
Me: Great! What did you have in mind?
Them: We'd like to have a contest, and the prize is awesome- enameled cast iron cookware with a value of $75!
Me: Er...uh...cookware? Don't get me wrong, I love quality cookware, but it's not something the blog really focuses on. To be honest, the subject of cookware hasn't come up once. Have you actually, you know, looked at the blog? How about giving away a copy of the "Arkham Horror" game? It's available through your storefront.
Them: That wouldn't be a good promotional giveaway. Your audience is more interested in high quality cookware.
Sadly, I had to pass on this wonderful promotional opportunity. Heh.
Update: Damn, I just remembered there actually is some Lovecraftian "cookware"- the lead vessels used to hold the essential salts in "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward". I could have mined this for some real comedy gold.