Building Blogging Relationships - Email
Taughnee left a simple but very helpful tip on my last post in the building blogging relationships series that I thought was worth promoting up as a main post as it's something that I too do.
If I read a forum post, blog or even a comment and think, "hey, I like the way this person thinks, we should know each other" … I'll drop them an email and introduce myself. Sometimes I feel a bit silly or shy doing this, but then I remember that I LOVE it when people contact me this way.
Also, if people post their IM information in forums or blogs, I've been known to do the old, "You don't know me but (insert flattering ice breaker here) …" and it has lead to some great connections as well.
It is amazing how powerful a simple email can be.
Whilst we live in a world where mass generated, impersonal, irrelevant, unsolicited email is incredibly annoying - so when a personal, relevant, genuine and relational email hits your inbox it can actually have a real impact.
I too do what Taughnee does and go out of my way to send emails to other bloggers when they write something that resonates with me. Many times I don't get (or even expect) a response - I know many bloggers are incredibly busy - however from time to time the email can lead to a wonderful conversation and even occasionally to some fruitful relationships that directly impacts my blogging (either through a link, working together on a project, generation of ideas etc).
Having said all of this you might want to keep some of the following guidelines in mind when emailing other bloggers:
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About the Author:
Darren Rowse is the founder of ProBlogger.net, a blog about the many ways of adding an income stream to blogs.
Darren owns and writes a variety of blogs including Digital Photography Blog and Camera Phone
Zone. He is also a co-founder of the Breaking News Blog Collective.
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