Living in the Highlands, the Scottish ones, we as recently as February 17th, 2009, followed the local newspaper’s call for:
"Share your blogs with us – and the world"
and made them aware of just that: this blog.
Knowing the Highlands by now it did not really surprise us receiving an answer today, April 8th, same year, though.
The answer alone and its logic was the surprise:
"Hi … and thanks for the email. My apologies for taking so long to reply – we’ve be (sic) snowed under!
Unfortunately we have decided not to use your blog on our website. The reason for this is that we try to keep these as localised as we possibly can.
Sorry about this but once again thank you for your interest".
Scottish Provincial Press
Since we only offered to “share” our blog with the local newspaper’s readers and the world the snowed under Scottish Provincial Press not “using” our blog somehow comes as a relief.
The discrepancy between what is said and what is then decided on is unfortunate; the call for sharing the blog is accompanied by the following clear criteria:
HAVE you a blog you think deserves a wider audience? This is your opportunity to get it known. We don't mind what you write about as long as it keeps us interested or entertained and the subject or the author is from our area.
So we are not localised enough? Or too provincial? But then may be too global?!
It would seem living 11 miles from Inverness overlooking the shores of Loch Ness is just that bit too far out in the big bad world for the Scottish Provincial Press.