Blogging questions, queries, adviceSunday, August 06, 2006
I'm very pleased people find this blog useful and I'm happy to receive requests for help, but unfortunately, owing to constraints on my time and the increase in the number of questions I'm getting, I can't now respond to emails individually.
If you've a query on my blog or want to know how to do something, please post a comment on the post it relates to (NOT this post, not the latest post on my blog! I won't answer if you do that), rather than emailing me (although if it's about something private, or if it's not related to an existing post, email is fine). Then I can reply to it by another comment or a new post, and the answer may benefit other people too.
So if you email me for blogging advice or help, unless you say that something must be kept private or I simply refer you to a more suitable source for help, I am going to post my reply publicly. I'll also link to your blog to identify the origin of the request, unless you say you don't want me to (though I imagine most people would be quite happy to get another link to their blog!).
Conversely, if you email me for blogging advice and say you want a private reply, please don't be surprised or upset if you don't get any reply at all, as I just may not have the time. Also, I may not reply if I simply don't know the answer to your question, or it would take too much time for someone in my position to figure it out and explain it to you.
One of the best sources of blogging help especially on Blogger blogs is Blogger Forum, and I would encourage people to post questions there - many knowledgeable and helpful people hang out there, and several of their heads will be better than one of mine!
Also, you don't need to ask me to email you whenever I've written a post about a particular subject you're interested in, because you can find that out automatically by subscribing to updates via my newsfeed or email, see the sidebar on the right.
This blog is effectively a third job for me, and one I don't really make money from (people don't seem to click on ads about blogging!). If I really wanted to turn a profit I'd switch to blogging about something else, and I still might, one day. I'm trying to keep up this blog because I like sharing what I've learned and it's good to know my explanations have been of help to some people (the appreciative comments and emails really do encourage me to keep going, so don't stop on that front!). But my time and energy are limited.
Finally, please don't be concerned if I don't reply to comments or queries immediately. If I am able to reply I will, eventually, but I've got a long queue of things which people have asked me to write about, not to mention things that I just want to post myself (such as general guides which will hopefully be of help to lots of people), not to mention keeping up with my day job and my life outside the blogosphere!
Thank you for reading.