A good lesson in how not to show appreciation to those who give you links from the 9rules blog:
Since our company/service/network is getting links from everywhere nowadays, I wanted to quickly clear up some confusion regarding the name of what it is weâ€™re doing.
The company is â€œ9rules, Inc.â€? and the network is â€œThe 9rules Networkâ€? or just â€œ9rules.â€?
These capital Râ€™s dropped everywhere are making our CEO cry in public, and believe me, thatâ€™s not pretty. Lowercase râ€™s are where itâ€™s at. Uppercase is for suckers
I’m sure this is an oversight from 9rules and not meant with any evil intent, but not being grateful for getting links, dictating the form, and then insulting people who use an uppercase “R” really isn’t the way to endear yourself to others. As I’ve written at the post: good will is fickle, insult those who help you by linking to you and the only people who are suckers are 9rules.
But before people start flaming me (Im thinking of starting an new category, upsetting 100 people in 100 days :-) ), this is what I’d write it (or words to this effect)
We love getting links and we are grateful for your wonderful and ongoing support and many links to 9rules and our great network members, but we’ve got to ask a little favor, because as you know Scriven’s is a grumpy old bastard who only provides tips to Turboblogger and has a thing about capital letters. Could you, pretty please, make sure the letter “R” is in lower case when you’re linking to 9rules. It might not mean much to you, but it does to us, and would make life running 9rules even better than it already is!
thanks for all your help and support.
Love Mike Rundle”
OK, so its a little bit exaggerated (ok, a lot) but I’d hope you’d get the point. There’s a world of difference between unappreciative dictation and asking nicely, showing gratitude and using humor. I might not always get to thank everyone who links to the Blog Herald or any of the Weblog Empire sites, but I can assure you that I remember how hard it was to start in the blogosphere and I still remain eternally grateful to everyone who linked to me along the way, and will continue to do so into the future.
(in part via Turboblogger)