I would like to apologise to the readers of this post and to Warm Showers. I received an unsolicited email from a Andrew Stephen offering to write a guest post which would be of interest to the readers of this blog. As I am keen on the idea of guest posts and there was nothing to show in Andrew Stephen’s emails to suggest it was nothing other than a genuine offer, I happily accepted it and posted the post on Warm Showers and “Gary” a cyclo tourist.
After publishing the post I received an email asking about a link that was meant to have been included. I thought that was odd as I didn’t recall any mention of an associated blog in any of Andrew Stephen’s emails and a double-check confirmed that.
However a review of the Word document that Andrew Stephen sent me confirmed that a link indeed had been provided, a link to a business in the United Kingdom who had purported to have sold or otherwise the bike that “Gary” used riding around the UK.
Had Andrew Stephens been upfront about the “association” with the business I wouldn’t have accepted the post. A personal blog link would have been fine, but the association with the business and the way it was used in the article has concerned me hence my decision. To allow you to make your own informed decision I will be uploading a PDF of the emails I received before posting the article and the Word document (forthcoming). I will then leave it to you to make your own judgement call.
For the record Andrew Stephen used the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the associated business is called “Bikesnbits.” Personally if a business needs to try these sorts of tactics to promote itself I would suggest that one would be better off spending their hard-earned elsewhere at more reputable bicycle shops.
Andrew Stephen has been invited to post his take on this as a comment below.