Listening ears on, Rant off
Thanks for all the comments on my A-list bloggers post. I’m going to wrap up my comments here in this new entry. Then I’m moving on.
First, as I have said before, I don't actually care about the A-list too terribly much. I think it is a bit silly, and have mostly been trying to ignore the whole thing.
However, I have a personal, deeply held belief that if you make it to the top (the top of whatever, mind you, not just blogs) you have a responsibility to your constituents/audience -- the ones that helped you get (and keep you) there. Like it or not (and most do), you stand for something and you have to make it count. Perhaps that makes me an idealist. Oh well.
In the case of blogging, I think it means keeping your listening ears on, and the lines of communication open. Especially if you are a communications professional. Yes, it’s a lot of work responding to tons of email, which is why it is always smart to be careful what you wish for.
And I wholeheartedly agree that asking for links is bad practice. The person sending the email has an equal responsibility to provide good information that will be of interest to the recipient.
But don’t shut people down. And regardless of the intent, that is how Steve’s post came across.
It is because Micro Persuasion has such a huge audience -- it is often a "first stop" for new bloggers -- that I posted. And I’m glad that Steve posted today that he is open to receiving emails. Shows he is listening, and that is a very good thing.
And on a far more humourous note, Hugh over at gapingvoid has neatly summarized this whole conversation in a new cartoon. Just my .02, but I think that should be one of the next t-shirts. I'll put my order in today if you'll do it!
Posted @ 8:01AM in Blogging
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