The single greatest benefit of blogging for close to eight years (whew) will undoubtedly remain the friendships I have made through RTDM. In many of these cases, these friendships have been initiated by an email. In addition, I have, over the years received, through email, many life-enhancing and horizon-expanding links (mostly to Youtube videos) and also thoughtful retorts to my blog posts, typically from those concerned that critical comments in the public space might be deemed combative. And of course the type of communication everyone likes— pats on the back.
Because appreciation remains, as always, the biggest incentive to write on a forum where I make no money.
To all the above senders of email, a sincere thank you. Please do keep writing.
There are however some others to whom I feel a collective response is in order. Hence this post.
First of all, I do not give out Apple products (iPads, iPods etc) to the first commentator on a post. Nor for that any matter any product. It is a bit of an inside joke among long-term frequenters of this blog and explaining the origin of this rather silly but somewhat endearing tradition is not the point here. Just that, please do not ask me to send the iPod you have “won” to your boy-friend at so-and-so address. Much as I appreciate the love you both share, the chances of getting a thing out of me are slimmer than getting any Indian political party to reveal their source of funds. In a similar vein, please also desist from the “Are you so desperate for comments that you offer iPods?” missives. Why? Cause I do not give iPods.
Second, I am not Himesh Reshammiya. I cannot give you a “break” nor do you dream every night about my voice. I have no idea why Himesh fans mistake me for him but at least, with the downturn in the fortunes of the H-bomb, I have not received these mails for some time now. But who knows when he comes back and the ‘I love you Himesh janoo” messages of adoration start pouring in once again. Hence this preemptive prayer.
Third, I am the only person who blogs here. Please do not send requests to “guest-post” on my blog especially on topics like “geriatric health care” which have absolutely nothing to do with RTDM (unless posts on AK Hangal gave you the wrong idea).
Sometimes, people make comments of a particular nasty sort here and, in a fit of reckless abandon, put their real names above it. Years later, while Googling, (perhaps before a job interview), they find something they said which might make people judge them. Slightly. So they write to me, in a state of arrogant panic, “Remove this comment I made in 2007.” Then, when they realize that there is a dissonance between my priorities and theirs (perhaps because of the rather commanding nature of the original mail) and they believe they are not being attended to, they send an even more polite mail “Remove the comment or I shall be forced to complain to your superior”. A bad idea. A very bad idea.
Almost as bad as an idea as sending me an email that says ” Your blog sucks. Visit my blog XYZ.blogspot.com to see how blogs should be written” and then following it up with a “I see you did not comment on my blog.”
And now, dear social media mavens/digital marketing/SEO gurus. Read the following line closely. Twice.
My blog is not a free billboard for the products you and/or your clients are hawking.
Which means no mails with attached 10 MB-sized posters of your mobile phone service that I am asked to “put on my blog” because it will “provide value to my blog-readers”. (Unless the posters are of Yami Gautam or Shakti Kapoor I am not interested.)
Which means no attempts to reach out to a “blog opinion leader” whose name you mis-spell so that my opinion may be solicited for a client marketing campaign.
Which means no “strategic value-based partnership” proposition by which you shall try to drive up your client’s Google juice by plonking links on my blog , in all perpetuity, in exchange for you submitting my blog to search engines and directories.
Which means no multiple attachments that contain press-releases of your amazing client’s products with a terse “Upload this on your blog” command.
Finally, nasty mails referencing my physical appearance, the language I speak, the state I belong to are not appreciated.