Please bugger off with your advertising disguised as a “guest post”

I think the title really says it all, doesn’t it?  Of course, that doesn’t stop the repeated – and I mean repeated – requests all following the same template:  “I saw this post (mention of keyword, no matter how inappropriate or out of context or how old that post might be) and thought you might be interested in a guest post/linking to our thing.”

And y’know, I’m aware of bitrot and the like, but damn.

Sure, one e-mail is fine. No big.  Maybe it will pique my interest.  (Probably not, but maybe.)  But for FSM’s sake, don’t keep following it up with more and more aggressive e-mails.

So here’s my form letter I’m going to start sending out to folks who keep bugging me about their oh-so-sponsored “guest post” to their product or service:

Hi! You may know me as the friendly publisher of a blog, and you’ve tried to get me to post something of yours on my blog.


I got your request. And I noticed that it wanted me to link to your product or service.

And quite frankly, that isn’t what I do.

Maybe that isn’t the smartest way to run a blog. Maybe I’m shooting myself in the foot here by not monetizing things more.

But really?  I’m just not interested. I blog because I feel like it, about things that I think are interesting or need talked about.

If your request had caught my attention, I would have replied.  Instead, you’re wasting my time and yours.

So again, I repeat to you:


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  1. November 28, 2017

    When you get right down to it, most guest posts at most writing blogs are like this: "I just published MY NEW BOOK! This post is advertising for MY NEW BOOK thinly disguised as writing advice. When I wrote it, I discovered that I could outline! You should try it, it might help you, just like it helped me when I wrote MY NEW BOOK! Did I mention that MY NEW BOOK is available at Amazon, B&N, and other places where books are sold?"

    Yeah, and some day, I hope that I will be writing a bunch of those posts….

  2. November 29, 2017

    Oh yeah, I forgot about those. LOL!

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