For those of you who may be new to this blog, here is a little hint: it’s about Cambodia. Sometimes I stretch the definition a bit but that’s what you’re going to get.

I get emails: people request I ‘save hungry children’ or ‘share important information’. These are from businesses, associations, even nonprofits too!

What they want is free advertising and blogosphere credibility.

However, if it ain’t about Cambodia, it ain’t gonna happen.

Courtesy the Anti-Advertising Agency, I’m using a template customized from their site for replies. (Cheers to AEM for tipoff.)


Hello there,

I am reaching out to you as a fellow blogger in light of the Vice Presidential debate. I was surprised and impressed by both candidates. In my opinion, both Sarah Palin and Joe Biden performed very well. My business partner, Mark Harrison, and I are super-interested in understanding how the popular view of Sara Palin has developed as a result — and is developing. I’m posing the poll question, “If John McCain died or became incapacitated, would Sara Palin be competent to be President?” over at AHPoll:


The poll can be embedded into your own blog, if that’s something you might consider, or you can just mention it to your readers — at the very least, I would love you to vote and maybe make a comment. Either way, I put together an easy-to-use social media news release for you:




Chris Abraham
President & COO
Abraham Harrison LLC
+1 202 657 4063 Main
+49 30 22411535 Berlin



So great to hear from you!

Thank you for your kind offer to host your link on my site. I will regret turning this fantastic opportunity down, as my blog is focused on Cambodia, not politics. If you were reading my blog as opposed to operating off a mailing list, you’d be able to ‘reach out’ even better for your social media! I highly recommend it.

Please don’t feel rejected, CHRIS ABRAHAM. There are still several online venues available for you to legally and ethically pursue the wider audience you feel your product, event, or service deserves—without the trouble of chasing down individual bloggers or site owners! Two of the more popular are the Yellow Pages and Craigslist.

Maybe, though, this email comes at a bad time for you. Perhaps the legal and ethical problems plaguing social media advertising today have begun to gnaw. Likely, you always wanted to do something more fulfilling and creative with your life—and I can help!

My friends at the Anti-Advertising Agency Foundation For Freedom will help CHRIS ABRAHAM network with creatives in noncommercial fields and assist you in putting your talents to good use to help solve real-world problems!

Or perhaps the problem runs deeper than that, and the legal and ethical issues the social media advertising industry raises simply do not concern you. I completely understand. Maybe you’d be more comfortable making a donation, or forwarding the application link along to your colleagues in the social media advertising industry. Now could be the time for you to weed out a bit of the competition!

Well, thanks again—It’s been great emailing with you!


John Weeks

4 Responses to “It’s [Not] About Cambodia”

  1. lisa miller says:

    keep up the good work!

  2. Mandevu says:

    Always with the interweb dust-ups! Go git em!

  3. Sidney says:

    Hahaha! I got the same spam from this asshole. If he sends any more, I’m forwarding them to his corporate clients and asking them why their flack is spamming their contact lists with crap like this.

  4. Jinja says:

    Silly advertisers, my blog is about Cambodia! Try reading it before you ask me to post your stuff.

    Bloggers, please add Fabiane Dal-Ri to your list of clueless ‘social marketers’.
    Fabiane Dal-Ri wrote:
    Hi Jinja
    I’m reaching out to you because I thought you and the readers of Webbed Feet Weblog would be fascinated by what my firm has recently uncovered about the attitudes toward corporate investment in Africa among leading U.S. corporations — according to senior officers of 30 American Fortune 100 corporations we interviewed. Why has Africa not attracted more interest from the U.S. business community? We have collected all of the answers and case studies into a news release introducing a study that launched yesterday commissioned by the US Chamber of Commerce:


    We’re very excited about the revelations in this paper and would love it if you could let your readers know about what we’ve uncovered through a post or a tweet. If you are able to post please let me know so that I can share it with the team. If you have any questions or would like to speak to the partners who wrote this paper, let me know and I will set it up.

    Thank you so much,

    Fabiane Dal-Ri

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