14 April 2006
Who do I have to **** to get a link?
In his experience, it's a definite maybe. He wrote to thirty of the Higher Beings with this question:
Someone recently remarked to me that bloggers with high-traffic sites don't read e-mails from or link to anyone except other high traffic bloggers. I don't think that's true. I think it's more a matter of having a tactful approach, and I wrote a post saying as much:
Now, I'm sure you have other subjects to write about, and if you have no interest in this topic, I understand completely, so there's no need to act on this e-mail at all if you don't want to.
However, it occurs to me that you probably get dozens of annoying "please link this" e-mails every day. Discussing my post would give you a perfect excuse to school your readers on the art of sending you short, on-topic, useful e-mails instead of rambling junk a topic that would normally be off-theme for your blog.
A reasonable request, I think, and eleven of thirty (a slightly higher percentage than I would have predicted) gave him some kind of response.
It perhaps is presumptuous for me to have anything to say on this subject, since I'm far from a brand name in blogdom as of yesterday, N. Z. Bear has dropped me back among the possums and such but I do try to read everything I get that gets through my spam filters, and historically, about half the material that was sent me has ended up in a post of some sort. (This does not include the dizzying variety of mailing lists I seem to be on, a substantial proportion of which I don't remember ever requesting.)
Myself, I seldom suggest topics; I've sent occasional background material to a few of the Major Players, and once in a while one of them has responded. I see this as a useful vector: from smaller to larger. After all, nobody, not even Reynolds and his phalanx of nanobots, can cover everything.Posted at 6:18 AM to Blogorrhea