As I do most mornings, I checked my email this morning. One of them was form submission via my blog from a person telling me their site had selected my blog for a Top Single Parenting Blog award. Here is the email, with identifying information removed, because I don't want to drive any traffic their way, and you'll see why in a minute.
On Monday, July 22, 2013, Squarespace Services wrote:
This email was transmitted via www.califmom.com.
Submitted from address XXXX.
Your Name: Ms. L
Your Email: XXX@XXXX
Subject: 5 Diamond Blogger award Winner
Message: CalifMom has been named a Top Single Parenting Blog!
We wanted to let you know that you have been awarded a one of our Five Diamond Blogger Awards.
Please take a moment to check out your blog’s profile on the XXXXX page.
We culled through thousands of blogs and received hundreds of nominations before we finalized our top blogger awards, and we are pleased to be able to include you on the list.
In addition to recognition on our website, you can grab the Five Diamond Badge and put in on your sidebar or footer, and feel free to write a post or otherwise let your readers know that you have received this award.
Here is the text for the badge:
<p align="center"><a href='XXXXX'><img src='XXXXX' alt='Top Single Parenting Blogger Award' width='150' height='150' border='0' /></a></p>
Here are instructions for posting the badge:
Here is a link to the announcement award announcement page:
Interesting, I thought. I'd never heard of the site, so I cautiously followed the link. I read their synopses of my blog and a few others I recognized. I cringed at the grammatical errors. And then I read more about the company and site itself. The site is a business that makes its money buying and selling the diamond rings of the deceased, their widows and widowers, and the divorced. Their tagline is something about finding the bright side in your tragedy by making a buck off your diamonds.
Yes. I'm serious.
No. I won't post a link, but I'm pretty sure you can find the site without much effort.
And yes, I wrote a reply.
Hi Ms. L,