Too Clever By Half — And a Poll


02 Jul Too Clever By Half — And a Poll

I outsmarted myself the other day. After months of hemming, hawing and finding new ways to procrastinate, I finally posted my Pitch Policy. For those who aren’t familiar with this term, it’s an outline of my policies and review practices to help PR reps send appropriate pitches. While it also covers my code of ethics regarding freebies and disclosure practices, I figured it wasn’t something most readers would be interested in.

So that I wouldn’t bore recipe seekers with such niceties, I backdated the post and gave it a permanent link in my “Want More?” section (under my photo on the left hand column).

Mission accomplished. I patted myself on the back and went on with my day.

Then a few comments trickled in.

And “mentions” on Twitter.

How’d they find this? Had I stumbled upon a hot topic? Was I cutting edge without knowing it?

No. Turns out I’d completely forgotten about my RSS feed. Not every reader comes directly to my blog. Some get read it via feed, others by email.

So, in case I have confused you, that’s why a month-old post showed up on your feed / inbox the other day.

But it also got me thinking. While Google Analytics is handy in providing stats, it’s just part of the picture. How do you read my blog? If you have 10 seconds, take my new poll. It’s on the far left, immediately under my brand-spankin’ new Pitch Policy.

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  • BBS
    Posted at 09:42h, 02 July Reply

    I think your pitch policy would have made a fine regular post. It says as much about you the person as it does about what or how you are interested in being pitched.

    PS. after reading your policy I must admit I went back and checked my emails. From what I can tell I'm safe, although I already know the PM's in order. For that you can thank an inspiring History teacher in Guelph named Joe Tersigni.

  • Danger
    Posted at 16:28h, 02 July Reply

    I use Google Reader's Next feature, which brings me to your site when you post a new blog (so I saw the Pitch post yesterday).

  • danamccauley
    Posted at 20:09h, 03 July Reply

    No apologies necessary to me. : )

    I think it's cool that people twittered about your PR policy.

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 13:12h, 06 July Reply

    BBS, I never looked at it that way, but I you're right. It does say as much about me as it does the PR reps off-target pitches. And kudos to Mr. Tersigni for teaching you your history so well.

    Danger. Is that your middle name? Sorry, couldn't resist. Thanks for the feedback.

    Dana, your support is always so much appreciated!! Thanks.

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