Today I learned that not only did B&N ban me from press events, they are so annoyed with my coverage that they decided to block me on their internal network.
Seriously, B&N corporate won't let their store employees visit my blog from store computers. Store staff can visit Engadget, Gizmodo, and pretty much every other blog on the web - just not mine.
I know that is hard to believe, and in fact I didn't believe it either. But it's true and I have a couple photos to prove it. I have a number of B&N contacts at the store level, and one of the ones from NYC passed these photos along to me. The first shows the blog of my competition, and the second shows what happens when a B&N employee tries to visit my blog.
I don't know about you, but I find this deeply amusing. I am one blogger, with one small ebook gadget blog, and I have managed to make them squirm. This implies that I have a level of influence much higher than I'd ever considered. While I have seen Amazon and Apple act in ways that suggest someone is reading my blog, I've never had proof quite this explicit before.
You know, for the longest time I've cherished a dream of one day being as influential (in my own small way) as, for example, James Kendrick. Thanks to B&N I now know that this isn't a dream but an achievable goal.
P.S. If anyone at Barnes & Noble is reading this and wants to make peace, you know where to find me. Even though I enjoy a good confrontational relationship, it's not the most productive way to interact.