Dear Tim, Angelita, Megan, Matt, Sherine and Alexa,
During the last month you guys have all dropped me flattering emails, telling me how much you love Open Educator and how this is one of the greatest edtech blogs going around. It's nice when readers reach out to make contact and I've done the same myself when I wanted to say something that wasn't really right for the comments section of a blog.
Your sincerity is touching:
I had come across your site before and when I had this offer come about, I knew I wanted to get in touch with you.
I recently discovered your blog, and I must say that yours has caught my attention.
However, it doesn't take you guys long to cut to the real reason for your unexpected correspondence:
… hoping is that you can perhaps post a blog about (insert generic reference to Online Education) or if we could be featured in some way, any way.
... if you would be interested in a guest post opportunity on your blog. I just ask for a link back to my blog in the by-line.
Coincidentally, we recently published an article entitled (insert generic reference to Online Education) that I believe would draw considerable interest from your readers. If you are interested in sharing with them, then feel free to do so. Here's the link for your convenience.
I currently have a press release related to education and teacher reform that could possibly develop into a piece for your website.
Maybe you guys are all genuine and think that it would be a real boost to this humble blog for your content or service to be featured. However, even though I don't offer a lot here to the wider education community, what I do offer here is genuine and is of my own creation. I can never know for sure but I think my readers subscribe because they value this blog as a place to get my unique viewpoint, to read my raw and sometimes naive reflections and hopefully turn up a nugget of insight that informs or provokes further thought and reflection. I am indebted to my commenters who, with the exception of Mr. Nike-shoes and Ms. Realty-investments, are all educators who respond selflessly to add to the conversation.
So, to perfectly clear, in case you have a unique article, service or link that you think would be indispensable for my readers and think that we actual edubloggers can't ascertain when we are all being bombarded with the same stuff in our in-box, ....
... don't bother.
P.S. Perhaps you guys would be better off developing more of those fancy infographics that everyone seems to be in love with of late. They stand a better chance than trying to get me to plug your wares.
Hey. Graham. Just a quick note to say I really do enjoy your blog. I appreciate your commentary on the issues you face and often find that your ideas and questions resonate with me. So there. Nothing to sell. No reason to comment except to say thank you. Keep it up.
Paul, I appreciate your comments as they also give me that feeling of resonance. I post these ideas and reflections and I know they mean diddly-squat to these emailers offering me these “unbelievable” opportunities – I think I know why I do have a steady band of readers and think that number would dwindle rapidly if I were to offer links, untested services or guest post spots that were unrelated to my own personal experiences and musings. Give a real grassroots operator like yourself any day over any shady onlineshonkyservices.com operators.