January 10, 2008
Liz published this at 3:25 pm
Worth Saying Again
As soon as I turned on my computer, an IM popped up. This is the conversation that occurred. I’ve changed the name and location of the other party because . . . um . . . I’m the nice one. Truth is, I suspect that the sender doesn’t read my blog and won’t know about that post. I hope I’m wrong about that. If I am, I hope that we might try the conversation over.
Here’s what was said.
sender: hi liz please give me some trik for my blog
ME: Hi What is that?
sender: for some make good my blog
ME: Do I know you?
sender: ooh sorry. I’m from [name of country]
ME: again . . . do I know you?
sender: ok sorry
ME: You might tell me who you are.
[I'm pretty sure he was gone before I typed these words.
Did he want links or money?]
How to Know If You Are Blog Begging
Ask yourself these two questions. Then fill in the blanks in the sentence that replaces [what is asked for] with the phrase lots of money.
- What’s your relationship with the potential linker?
- What benefit comes from the request?
- Hi _______, would you give me [what is asked for] so that _______ .
Using the answers from the IM Saturday morning the sentence now reads.
Hi complete stranger, would you give me lots of money so that my blog will be good?
Doesn’t sound as if it has anything to do with me.
It’s worth saying something I said once before.
I want a relationship, not a one-link stand.
Links might stay and stick for a few months. Over time, they die out and break. Links to people I don’t know have the protential to harm me. Relationships with like-minded folks are good things and have the potential to grow.
This is a an unusual blog request story. Not everyone gets a IM at “dark o’clock” in the morning. What’s the most interesting blog request that has come your way? Would you say it was blog begging?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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