So apparently I was in London Lite yesterday. Which is all very exciting and everything, appearing in the mainstream press – albeit that bit of the mainstream press that they have to give away – but I know this only because Jan mentioned it in the comments and on her blog (thanks, Jan). As far as any official notification goes … nada. When the London Informer featured this blog, they emailed me first and asked if I’d be interested, negotiated getting a picture and sent me a copy afterwards. In fairness, I had noticed in my stats that someone from Associated Newspapers had been wandering around in the site looking a bit lost and had got as far as the contacts page where they may well have tried to send me an email, but if so it didn’t arrive.
So here’s the question. Am I right to feel a little peeved at them going ahead with it without my permission? I haven’t actually seen the article itself but I’m guessing they’ve quoted entries from it (If they’re reviewing or recommending blogs and writing their own copy about the blog then it’s fair comment and not a problem). I do after all put all this stuff up on the internet for free, so can I complain when someone copies it and uses it as cheap filler in their paper? Well obviously I can, because I’m doing it now, but do I have a leg to stand on? Or should I just be happy about the exposure?
And here’s an announcement for any other media outlets wandering my way. I’m a complete stats-whore and will probably agree to any exposure of this blog that you wish to suggest. But I would like to be asked first. And if the contacts page doesn’t work or I don’t respond, see if you can crack the fiendish code protecting my email address on my about page.