Yesterday I got an email newsletter that I had never signed up for. When I clicked on the "why did I get this" link, a popup appeared with "Glad to have you aboard!".
Uh....hmmm. I was annoyed and I unsubscribed from it.
Today I get a Twitter DM from the same person telling me they'd love a shoutout for their new book, please.
This person has never engaged with me. I have no real idea of who they are and I have not read their blog or their book. How can I give them a shoutout? It would not be genuine or heartfelt. I wouldn't want anyone to promote my stuff unless they had willingly read it and felt it was share-worthy. Otherwise it's fake.
Unless, of course, sexual favours were involved.