Netiquette, blogging and writing online… — 5 Comments

  1. PolyWogg,
    Internet or not, professionalism is still professionalism, and commitments need to be met. But new authors have to pay extraordinary attention to deadlines because the people setting the deadlines are taking an extraordinary chance on them.

    So I agree with the points you’re making. My archaeological mystery, American Caliphate, is due out in December. Can I guest blog then? I promise to deliver!

    William Doonan

  2. I’m so sorry that you have been let down as this sort of thing reflects badly on the rest of us. I can only assure you that I would never do that unless I had died and not realised it. Anytime I can be of help you need only to ask.

    • I should have clarified I guess for my original comments, as I misled both yourself and William perhaps. I don’t offer any guest blogging spots on this site, at least not yet (at least not in this venue anyway). But I should think about that more 🙂


  3. PolyWogg, thank you for this post, actually it is right on time. It is so uncouth to not follow through if one agrees to be guest on a blog. If one decides not to do so, you are not to avoid the follow-up emails, but be a man/woman and reply. augie

    • On a personal level, I tend to agree. But, if the original “contract” was just an “option”, then the hoster who follows up starts to feel (to the unproductive would-be guest) like a spammer harassing them for not following through on something. Kind of like you coming to a deal with a car dealership, changing your mind, and then the salesperson keeps calling you. Easy to say, “sorry, changed my mind”, but lots of people avoid those types of calls for fear of conflict. Not a great response, and it’s pretty low-maintenance to hit reply to an email and say, “Sorry, I’ve had to re-prioritize and decided to go in a different direction”, but for some, that’s more than they’re ready to do. Plus, I know with some would-be guests, to even send that e-mail would make them feel like a failure, like they let the other person down (which they did, admittedly), but if they just “ignore” the e-mails, they don’t have to admit they can’t do it.

      I feel a bit the same way right now about book reviews. I have a bunch pending to write, and a bunch backlogged just to READ. I had hoped to have everything in my backlog cleared out by the end of August, but life has intervened in a big way, and I haven’t got to it. But, what’s my responsibility here to the authors? I agreed to review their books, we didn’t attach a deadline to it, and I will still get to them (probably closer to November now). But should I e-mail all of them individually and say, “Hey, I’m behind, but haven’t forgotten about you!” or just post a note on my blog? Is that sufficient?

      As one person pointed out elsewhere, there is a difference between courtesy, expectations, and obligations. It strikes me that a note back out would be somewhere between the first two, but perhaps the authors themselves would view it closer to the third?


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