I’m really conflicted about what to do about the BlogHer swag. On the one hand, I really appreciate the sponsorship of these companies, foundations, and corporations, and I do want to say “thank you” to them, because BlogHer could not exist in its current form without them. On the other hand, I’m no shill, and I don’t even review products other than books and (very narrowly defined) educational products on this blog. So what’s a girl to do?
Write thank you notes to the companies on this blog, with links?
Ignore their generosity?
Donate the swag, unremarked upon, to a charity or pass along to a good friend?
I feel that the third option does not mitigate the choice of one of the first two. No matter what I do with the products (and we’re talking thumb drives and t-shirts here, nothing worth more than $10), if I don’t talk about it here, it’s almost like it didn’t happen, and there wasn’t any return from their point of view. I want them to see return — to SEE an investment in BlogHer and in women bloggers that pays off, in spades, because women are a good investment.
So I’m torn.
What are you doing about it? What do you think I should do?