Monday, 21 February 2011

What to do here?

I am so unversed in modern ways

In this morning's post, an email from a stranger –

I'm wondering whether you'd consider accepting a guest post submission from me for your website CONDUCTIVE WORLD?
By way of background, I own  and am trying to expand the readership of my site. The idea of offering to write you a free guest article, is that by offering to write a free article for a more established website such as yours, I can get more readers aware of my blog's existence. The way it would work, would be that you'd provide me with a topic and specifications, and I'll write an article for your site which I'll email you.
Should you then choose to publish the article, what I'd ask is that below the article you acknowledge that I wrote it and link to my website. Then, assuming readers like the article, they'll click through and discover my site. In terms of benefit to you, you'd be getting a free article on any topic you'd wish, which, as a fellow blogger I'm well aware, having backup material to publish is really nice when you things get hectic and you don't feel like blogging.
If you’re interested in accepting a guest article from me for your site, let me know what topic you'd like it on, otherwise I'll just come up with one. I'd be targeting something in the 500 - 750 word
range for the article if that's acceptable to you. In any case, I’d appreciate you getting back to me to let me know whether you're interested.
Thanks for your time.
Paula Dierkins

In response, this afternoon –

Dear Ms Dierkins,
Thank you very much for your kind offer but I do not anticipate being short of material of my own.
Andrew Sutton.

Well, did I do wrong or did I do right?

If other CE-bloggers think that I did wrong, and would like to test out this offer for themselves, then find Paula Dierkins at:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Andrew
I received the following just the other day:

My name is Nathan Williams and I am part of the Editorial Team for Zen College Life. I wanted to let you know that Paces has been selected as one of The 50 Best Learning Disability Blogs.

Our Editors and Readers selected your blog because of its high standard of quality information mixed with your excellent commentary.

We’ve also created a badge that you can display on your website to let your readers know you’ve made the list. If you want to display the badge, simply email me and I will help you post it to your blog.

In addition, if you are interested in being interviewed for our blog, please let me know.

Continued Success!

I replied:
"Hello Nathan
Thank you for your email. In these days of scams and viruses, you must forgive me if I seem a little wary of the accolade of being included in your list.
Without my being discourteous, I wonder if there is anyway you might confirm your bona fides?

Thank you

I am still asking myself the same question as you: "Well, did I do wrong or did I do right?"

Monday, 21 February 2011 at 16:18:00 GMT  
Blogger Gillian Maguire said...

Mea culpa. I had a similar email to yours a week or so ago and thinking it was probably a scam of some sort and not really relevant to my blog anyway, I just deleted it. Perhaps we are all getting over cautious?

Monday, 21 February 2011 at 16:57:00 GMT  
Blogger Ben Foulger said...

He got what he wanted in the end which was a mention on your blog and perhaps some traffic as people investigate what his site is. If you don't want to encourage this, perhaps edit out the URL in his email?


Monday, 21 February 2011 at 17:46:00 GMT  
Blogger Ben Foulger said...

PS He obviously doesn't know you very well if he thinks you will ever run out of things to say!

Monday, 21 February 2011 at 17:47:00 GMT  
Blogger Andrew Sutton said...

I am most envious. I was selected merely as a possible conduit for people who might want a postal PhD.

In Cyberspace nobody can hear you scream, and you cannot be over-cautious, as am sure Ben will be able to explain (I can't).

I think that 'he' is a 'she'. Or maybe just a computer programme, in which case he/she is more properly an 'it'.
I rather wish now that I had ask for my 500 words. I would be genuinely interested to see what might emerge. Something human, or one of those strange hotch-potches of jumbled text that one stumbled across on the Internet nowadays.
What I cannot figure out is the answer to the old question of 'cui bono?'. Who benefits? And how? And what harm might it do me? Is Gill being over-cautious, or just paranoid? Am I being daft> Do please help us understand what is going on here.


Monday, 21 February 2011 at 18:14:00 GMT  
Blogger Ben Foulger said...

Ok after a little investigation, including giving in and visiting her (sorry) site and seeing that it has nothing to do with CE whatsoever, I would say that, at best, this is a mass email to any and every blog that she can find and any article she writes for you is unlikely to be connected to your subject matter.

At worst it is an automated program looking for email addresses and, given that you have just confirmed yours by replying, you can expect more than the usual offers of different ways to 'increase your partners satisfaction'.

Of course, I could be wrong and you get a nice email back which confirms that it is a real person genuinely interested in, and aware of, your blog specifically. I won't hold my breath though.


Monday, 21 February 2011 at 18:28:00 GMT  
Anonymous Andrew said...


A quick scan finds me nothing more about about Paula, but Nathan has been spotted:


Monday, 21 February 2011 at 18:31:00 GMT  

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