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Posted by on Feb 10, 2009

I understand that we’re living in different times. The need for some to communicate their thoughts faster, and sometimes in fewer words or characters, is more common now than ever before. Schools seem to be more interested in grading students on the content of what they’re written, rather than the words and sentence structure used to create those words. I asked this one awhile ago, and I’ll ask it again; does anyone except me still use semicolons?

What am I commenting on now? This is an email I received yesterday:


I visited ur site n am interested in doin Link Exchange wid ur site, if u
r also interested thn pls get back 2 us on the above email.

i too got few automotive sites and blogs with good visitors on it ….
would u like to link exchange for betterment of both our sites ?

let me know if interested 😉

Link Exchange wid Blogroll

What the heck is that? Did a 10 year old just send me a marketing email? Oddly enough, I was insulted, and I’m still not sure why. Just an hour later I received another one, though longer, on my TFB blog, which I just sent to spam and deleted, written the same way. Not to mention that it had nothing to do with the topic at hand, just a stupid generic sales letter. Here’s a portion of that letter, and remember, that particular blog of mine is on financial issues:

I am a webmaster maintaining some finance related sites & blogs with good pr & good traffic. I have just seen ur sites, it is really very informative & related to my topic also. If u don’t mind I want u as my link partner.
I think this is the only way to get high traffic & pr soon, in other side this is very safe way in front of the search engine. I do interested abt healthy content or banner link exchange with my top quality finance sites & blogs. If it is needed I will go for article or useful finance widget link exchange.
If u agree with my proposal plz feel free to reply me with ur good finance sites & blogs urls. I will also do the same with a revert mail.

That’s exactly how it came. No spacing for paragraphs; lots of truncated words; nothing about my topic at all. Is this serious business? Would anyone in their right minds consider this as appropriate business conversation?

We talk often about writing new, good, and original content for our visitors on our blogs. One shouldn’t suppose, however, that blog writing is more important than business writing. When I was a director, I used to edit every letter that anyone on my staff wrote that they were planning on sending out to our clients, if you will, not because I wanted them to write as I write, but because I would see examples of their writing and formatting “skills” and decided that wasn’t the image I wanted to convey to our clientele. At some point I created templates for them to use, where they could just fill in the blanks for those issues that were common. Unfortunately, that type of thing doesn’t work across the board, and sometimes you do have to craft original letters.

I don’t begrudge anyone an occasional typo, but those two letters above were written that way on purpose. Frankly, the only reason I kept a copy of each of them was so I could write this post; I’m not responding to either one of them. If that’s how someone wants to write on their blog, or if that’s how someone wishes to comment on another person’s blog, that’s just fine for them. But when it comes to business communications,… well, if they start wondering why they’re not getting much of a return on their marketing, I bet we could tell them why.

Or am I talking like an old person? Someone let me know.

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i’m the same way. i’ve developed a habit of typing lower-case only in a lot of cases on the web, although i’ll use correct capitalization if i’m initiating a conversation with someone i don’t know (twitter excepted).

but if you want me to partner with you, or buy your product, you have to come across as a professional, and that means the main portions of your web site have been spell-checked, and your email to me is written professionally.

i realize we weren’t all endowed with great writing skills, and like you said, a typo is a typo, but not the end of the world (well, depending on what the typo is; if you have to type the word “public” or the phrase “my pen is blue,” you may want to check four times), but there’s a reason some people succeed in business while others don’t.

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February 10th, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Okay Josh, you just made me laugh out loud, which I rarely do when I’m sitting at the computer alone and reading stuff. That reminded me of something I saw years ago of the worst domain names; great stuff!

February 10th, 2009 | 11:18 AM
The Almost Millionaire:

You are right on, when you are looking to do a business deal with someone, you need to take the time to present your offer in a professional manner. You speak the truth. That being said… I waz wandering if u cood git me on yur blogrol on ur site. Led me no!

February 10th, 2009 | 11:07 AM

And then I saw this one, Brandon, and laughed some more. And, of course, you’ve earned a place on the blogroll. However, I don’t really know how to write a “proper” response to your request, so let the addition suffice. 🙂

February 10th, 2009 | 11:19 AM
The Almost Millionaire:

Much appreciated brother! I’m glad you got a laugh.

February 10th, 2009 | 3:28 PM

OMG, don’t get me started, Mitch!

For those of you who don’t know me, I was educated in Africa, according to the so-called ‘Queen’s English’ and let me tell you that it is VERY different to ‘American’!

I have always said that we don’t speak English in the US – we speak American and American is NOT English! These are two very different languages and if one is to survive in the US, they had BEST learn to speak AMERICAN – not English!

With regard to the two communications that you received, Mitch, I sympathize but will also warn you to get used to it! The younger generation are adept at texting and as the wave of the future (no, of the now!) it is here, already pervading our e-mails, our business correspondence and even our advertising.

We are the ‘Old Folks’ and if we expect to GET business, then we need to adapt ourselves to those who are buying. Now in your case, they were selling, but if a paying client wrote you a letter like those that you received AND COULD PAY YOU, would you turn them down?

Let’s not forget the past:

The car was called the ‘horse-drawn carriage’

There was a time when it was considered uneducated to call a telephone a ‘phone’

It was once considered the ‘done thing’ to smoke cigarettes

Ladies were considered harlots if they were not virgins on their wedding night

Hats were removed when one was inside

Men didn’t wear makeup and marriage was between a man and a woman

I could go on, but in the interests of change and (in some cases) progress, I advise you to be flexible – yes, even in this that jars me also, for judge not, lest ye be judged. LOL

We would all like properly scripted letters, but when something is sent to you in an e-mail it is now considered acceptable to use texting abbreviations. Professional sales copy and letters written on paperm are a different story.

God save us all!

February 10th, 2009 | 11:37 PM

Thanks for the comment, Althea, and you’re right, in a large way. If it was someone who knew me writing that way, and I understood what they were saying, then it might be something different. In my field, I can’t conceive of anyone writing me in such a fashion. I’m not sure which field would employ someone who would send an email like that. I know what you’re saying, but I think the likelihood of it happening in the business world is nil. You’re right in saying how many things have changed, but some things have not changed, and one of those things is general business decorum. True, here and there you see someone who’s broken the mold, but you’ll notice that even the Google top two will dress up whenever they have to encounter the public, whereas in their home offices, it’s t-shirts and fun (although, with the money crunch, employees now have to buy their own t-shirts; that’s a shame).

February 10th, 2009 | 11:50 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good morning, Mitch.

You’re talking like an old person; possibly one who is approaching geezerhood.

(See, I, too, use semicolons.)

The important point, however, is this: You’re talking like an educated person who wants to present your best to your readers and you expect the same in return.

If I received one of those examples you presented in email, it would go straight to trash. I wouldn’t even think about reading it.

If it were a comment on one of my blogs, I would click the spam link and let Askimet take care of it.

If the person(s) who wrote those messages wants to present that image to the public, it’s okay with me. I won’t cooperate or communicate with him (her/it/them?).

I have enough problems with typos and bad grammar, but at least I try to do the best I can. I’m not interested in others who don’t seem to care, or who choose to deliberately write that way.

I am an old person, too. I prefer letters, articles, and messages that are well written.

Act on your dream!


February 10th, 2009 | 11:29 AM
John Dilbeck:

Mitch, I meant to include something else.

If a message is well-written, but the grammar is odd, then I have to consider if the writer’s first and/or main language is not English. I’m happy to make allowances for someone who is writing in what may be a foreign language.

I would hate for anyone to see my pathetic attempts in communicating in Spanish, which is the only language I can even attempt other than English.

I have enough trouble with English.

About four decades ago, I could have written in Latin, but a lot of brain cells have died since then.

Act on your dream!


February 10th, 2009 | 11:36 AM

Thanks for both comments, John. I make allowances for people in other countries also, but both of the examples I gave below weren’t close to even attempting to use proper English, in my opinion. With one of my friends who believes that people should be able to dress however they want to at work, I’ve always asked her if she went to a lawyer whom she needed to keep her out of jail for a murder she didn’t commit, would she want to hire a guy wearing a t-shirt and jeans or a guy who looked like he was successful? Sure, both might be the same as far as talent goes, but we go with whomever makes us the most comfortable when our needs are high, right?

February 10th, 2009 | 11:59 AM
John Dilbeck:

Good afternoon, Mitch.

In the first case, I agree. They weren’t even making an attempt at communicating well.

On the second case, I’d prefer the lawyer who wore jeans and a tshirt. I don’t believe all the “dress for success” rhetoric. I’ve known too many people who were extremely talented and well-educated who choose to dress casually.

In fact, it is my company policy that I work barefoot whenever it is comfortable. 😉

That said, even I would put on a tie if I had to go to court for any reason.

You are right that we go with whomever makes us the most comfortable.

Act on your dream!


February 10th, 2009 | 4:10 PM

You’re the first person I’ve ever heard who’s said if their life were on the line that they’d go for the guy in jeans. I do believe, not so much the dressed for success thing, but dressing for what’s proper for what you do. For instance, you wouldn’t hire a plumber who showed up wearing a 3-piece suit, would you? Nope, if my life is on the line, I’m going for the guy who’s the most successful, and you can bet that’s the guy wearing the cuff links.

February 10th, 2009 | 9:31 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good morning, Mitch.

As long as that lawyer was capable and experienced, I wouldn’t really care what he wore, but I’d be more comfortable with someone wearing jeans. I’ve known quite a few lawyers and I’m sure that the clothes that they wear aren’t a good indicator of their ability.

A plumber in a suit wouldn’t bother me. If he could do the job, he could wear a clown suit or a tuxedo.

The most successful man I’ve ever personally known was a kind, gentle man who wore overalls and a big, floppy straw hat. He drove a faded red pickup most of the time. The first time I saw him get out of his Rolls Royce wearing a suit, I didn’t even recognize him.

He was worth millions of dollars and owned thousands of acres, yet he preferred a simpler, more casual lifestyle for the great majority of his time.

This reminds me of a time when I was doing a seminar at the Atlanta Hilton in the late 1970s.

On Friday, I drove my pickup and wore jeans to carry in the things I needed for my presentation. When I drove up, the parking lot attendant said, “Sorry, Mac, the parking lot’s full. You’ll have to park across the street in the lot.”

So, I parked there and carried the stuff quite a bit farther than I would have if I’d parked in their lot.

The next day, I was wearing a 3-piece and driving my Lincoln. Even though there was a sign that said the parking lot was full, I got out of the car and asked the same man if he could find a space for it, and he replied, “Yes, sir.”

He obviously made his decisions based on what I was driving and wearing. Either way, however, I was the exact same person and only asked him to park my Lincoln to see how he would respond.

I deliberately dress more casually to see how others respond to me. To some, it makes no difference. Others have lost thousands of dollars in business when I was acting on behalf of a client and got blown-off by someone we were evaluating for them.

I’d be willing to take that bet on the most successful guy being the one wearing the cuff links.


You’ve started an interesting conversation based on those messages you received, Mitch. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons.

Act on your dream!


February 11th, 2009 | 7:00 AM

John, in one respect you’re a better man than me. Then again, we also have much different overall experiences. At least you get to pick and choose when and how you want to look. When I walk into a situation, I don’t have such luxury, if you know what I mean, so I need to make sure I’m always presenting myself in such a way that there’s no question whatsoever what I’m representing. I guess that’s a major difference in the races in America, eh? Sometimes, even if I wear a suit, I won’t be accorded the same kind of response as you.

February 11th, 2009 | 8:09 AM
John Dilbeck:

Good afternoon, Mitch.

I wouldn’t say I was a better man than you. As you say, we have different experiences.

I have no doubt that what I choose to wear has worked against me, but I don’t care.

I’m sure you’re correct, at least to some extent, that you may not have the luxury that I do when deciding how to present yourself. Sadly, race still makes a difference with a lot of people.

But, I don’t think that’s the entire issue.

I was raised to wear a suit in many cases and to wear work clothes in others.

I was in my mid-twenties when I decided that I was going to dress however it suited me and I’d let others deal with it. Perhaps it was youthful rebellion, perhaps it was a way of freeing myself from things I didn’t think mattered to me.

I haven’t worn any shoes that required polishing since I set aside my wing-tips about 30 years ago.

As others have responded, sometimes I get ignored or someone looks down their snooty nose at me, but it doesn’t affect me. As Popeye says, “I am what I am…”


I don’t recommend that people live their lives as I do; it’s a personal choice.

There’s probably a certain amount of pushing others’ buttons involved in this, too.

Act on your dream!


February 11th, 2009 | 12:09 PM

Actually John, it really is the entire issue. See, you had the “luxury” of being allowed to make the choice, even as a young man. Can you imagine that I’d be where I am now if I’d chosen to try to do what you did as a young man, let alone as an older man now? No way; would NOT have happened in America. If what you said was the truth, then I wouldn’t be an “only” doing what I do; there’s not many minorities who do what I do, or have ever done what I do in my main profession. It took a lot of sweat equity to allow me not to have to wear a tie for some of the meetings I go to now, but I still have to wear regular dress clothes and a jacket of some kind. Image is everything until you’ve actually totally succeeded; I won’t have done that until I have that million sitting in the bank.

February 11th, 2009 | 4:29 PM

When I get me some while heap of money I am going to get myself the scraggiest clothes and then I am going to buy a Ferrari and pay for it cash. I want to see the expression on the salesman’s face.

I’m not one to dress up, I prefer jeans and t-shirt, and it’s amazing how sales staff of some prestige store will ignore you because they don’t think you can afford what they have on offer. Preconceptions are not always accurate.

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February 11th, 2009 | 8:11 AM

Sire, I think if we’re already rich, we can afford not to care. When we’re not, we’d best be ready to do what’s necessary to try to get there.

By the way, I hate jeans; haven’t worn them since I was 13.

February 11th, 2009 | 8:21 AM
Donace | The Nexus:

‘At Least Be Professional In Your Writing’

Last I checked you don’t need to cap the first letter in each word.

‘With one of my friends who believes that people should be able to dress however they want to at work, I’ve always asked her if she went to a lawyer whom she needed to keep her out of jail for a murder she didn’t commit, would she want to hire a guy wearing a t-shirt and jeans or a guy who looked like he was successful?’

The lawyer in jeans will get a better response though. In my time doing volunteer work at police stations, I have found that dressed casually yet smart i.e. jeans shoes shirt etc gets a better reaction information wise etc from the client then if I were to be wearing a suit. The key point being you have normally 20mins before the case goes to the magistrates court to find out the clients story, look over all the paper work and formulate your arguments.

Anything that will help you speed things along is vital.

Though saying this the majority of people I help were youths.

February 11th, 2009 | 8:22 AM

Donace, I’m just not sure whether what you and john say is across the board. As I said, if you’re fighting a controlled substance rap, maybe you go for someone comforting. But if it’s triple murder, I’m going for the top dog, the best I can buy, someone I know probably has a lot of experience and has gotten people off many times. I want my doctor to dress like a doctor; I want my dentist to dress like a dentist. I may be superficial on things like that, but I know I’m not alone on this one, and would be surprised if I weren’t in the majority on this one.

February 11th, 2009 | 10:20 AM
Donace | The Nexus:

ofc its true on the point that some people require you to dress the part.

I had a judge almost throw me out of his court room once for not wearing a tie with my suit!

Each person must be ‘judged’ accordingly and you must dress the part appropriately.

Though I think everyone has a dream similar to sire; walk into a showroom and buy the most expensive item why looking like you just rolled out of bed.!

February 11th, 2009 | 10:28 AM

For sure, Donace; I have that same dream. Matter of fact, when I bought both my wife’s car and my car, I walked in with just a t-shirt and, well, regular pants, since I don’t wear jeans. Of course, I had a check for the full amount in my pocket, and I had been in previously, but still, I did it. But that’s when you can do it,when you already have the money, and don’t have to worry about trying to make a good impression on anyone.

As I write this, I’m actually sitting in a seminar, and as a consultant, I have to have a jacket with me, but since this group knows me already I don’t have to wear a tie. But if they didn’t know me,…

February 11th, 2009 | 10:51 AM
John Dilbeck:

Mitch, I have no doubt that you’re in the majority on these issues.

Some of us just think differently and approach life from a different direction.

Better or worse, I don’t know.

JD – the barefoot consultant

February 11th, 2009 | 12:17 PM

Sadly, we’ve hired writers that are even worse than your email writers Mitch. One time, the order was small so we paid thinking how bad could it be? Well, the writing was so bad we couldn’t correct the grammar without re-writing the articles! Lesson learned on that one!

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February 10th, 2009 | 9:43 PM

True Coco, you’ll often get what you pay for. I lost out on a bid today, probably because my price was higher. But I deliver a lot of service for my price; some understand, some don’t. But I’ll never compromise my integrity or time only for lower prices.

February 10th, 2009 | 11:45 PM

It seems both emails were written by some young whipper snappers who are used to conversing more in chat rooms or via SMS than actually conversing with someone in the real world.

I usually direct them to my link directory where they have to enter in their details and most of them decline the offer. Seems like work is a dirty word as far as they are concerned.

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February 10th, 2009 | 11:33 PM

Since I don’t have a link directory like you, I usually just delete this stuff. But, you know, it seems that almost everything we see and read can be a nice little blog post; there’s my lemonade moment for the day.

And I see your next post here, which I viewed last night at The Onion site; funny stuff.

February 10th, 2009 | 11:46 PM

I was going to post it last night but I ran out of time again. Oh well, better late than never, which is crap because sometimes being late gets you in the shit.

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February 10th, 2009 | 11:57 PM

In fact, I totally agree with you on this Mitch. I must confess that I am obsessed with punctuation, spacing issues etc and usually pick on a fight with my wife who edits sometimes for me 😆 May be I feel like an oldtimer as well 🙂

I personally feel that the younger generation with all those SMS and chat lingo are spoiling the quality of English. This can be seen in the way they write – emails, blog posts or whatever. Of course, they may be already successful but they could still write good English while catering to several types of audience.

(Perhaps the only allowed exception could be non-English speaking persons trying establish or pick their English language. Such people could be excused)

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February 11th, 2009 | 12:22 PM

Thanks for the comment, Ajith. You know, even regular conversation now is less formal than it was at the turn of last century; for the most part, that is. Seems that history is showing that, though the written conversation was proper, how people talked to each other was way more, shall we say, colorful than what we’ve been led to believe, except for high society. There was a little more respect for elders, but in general, it wasn’t all that much different than today. And, to me, that’s a shame. Still, one should be thinking that how they write, especially in business, is how many people are going to see them. When I was a hiring director, I excluded every resume that had more than one misspelling, because it proved to me that those people wouldn’t be accurate enough for my needs. And if that person misspelled where they lived, or the name of their high school,… that was that. But the two examples I shared weren’t misspellings; they were miscommunications; and that’s just wrong.

February 11th, 2009 | 4:34 PM

At least the e-mails provided some humor. I received a request yesterday to link to a post. The e-mail wasn’t signed. The blog didn’t have an about section. It must have been created five minutes before the e-mail as the site had two or three posts.

At least, it was in the same niche 😉

February 11th, 2009 | 3:05 PM

That’s a shame, Gennaro. I’d have thought it was spam for sure.

February 11th, 2009 | 4:34 PM
Dennis Edell:

We’re totally judging books by the covers here aren’t we? Yes indeed misconceptions can be quite harmful, and can lose someone a good deal or 3 for sure.

One of the best criminal attorneys in the world dresses like a cowboy….I could borrow a $2,000 suit, a Rolex and a nice glossy business card if you’d prefer. LOL

Bill Gates wore sweats to his first meeting with IBM; I don’t think he ever wore much…..Steve Jobs never wore shoes; perhaps flip flops somedays.

February 11th, 2009 | 8:17 PM

Okay, let’s look at this logically. One of the best criminal attorneys dresses like a cowboy; how do all the other attorneys dress? Bill Gates; his own company. Steve Jobs; his own company. Do you think I, as a young black man looking for a job at a hospital, would have even been allowed in the door of HR? See, as much as you and John wish to deny it, things are much different for me, even when I dress up. And, on the surface, if you’re going to try to tell me that if you didn’t know a person that you’d trust them with your life if they didn’t project a certain image, I’d say you weren’t being honest, just trying to be contrary. For instance, would you go to a dentist whose teeth weren’t fixed? Would you hire a blind surgeon? Would you go to a dietitian for weight loss advice if he or she weighed more than you? Would you eat in a restaurant with roaches all over the place because you heard the cook was the best in the world? If you can say yes to those things, then once again, you’re a better man than me.

February 11th, 2009 | 9:08 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good morning, Mitch.

I don’t think I’ve ever denied that things may be different for you. I don’t have the experience to come to such a conclusion.

I’m not trying to be contrary at all; it just comes naturally.

There’s a difference, however, between projecting an image (or not) and the functional problems you list here.

A dentist with bad teeth is not the same as a lawyer wearing jeans. If the lawyer were in jail, I would not be inclined to choose him or her.

A blind surgeon? Now, I’m suspecting that you’re wanting to be contrary.

A dietitian who weighed more than me? I don’t know. I’d have to think about that. There’s a difference in offering good advice and being fat.

Roaches? Ugh. No thanks.

I don’t even think I’d want to eat there if he had a roach tattoo or clothing with a roach design on it. That’s just yucky.



February 12th, 2009 | 9:58 AM

Hi John,

I was definitely trying to be contrary, but there was a point I was trying to make. Kind of like this joke:

A man walks up to a woman in a bar and says to her “Would you have sex with me for a million dollars?”

The woman says “Frankly, yes I would.”

The man then asks “Would you have sex with me for twelve dollars?”

The woman says “No, what do you take me for?”

The man says “We’ve already established that, we’re just arguing over the price.”

Point being, there is a point at which you would take a look at the person in front of you and what they’re offering, if you didn’t know them, and decide that it was just too much for you to handle, even if, somehow, they were supposedly good at what they did. The point is that, these days, there are many people who offer the same types of services someone might be looking for, and it doesn’t help if one stands out from the norm for nonconformity as the first impression. For someone like me, it’s hard enough getting in the door, but after that, then I have to not only sell competence, but sell why I’m not only different professionally but why I might be better. If I walked into any hospital wearing a t-shirt and jeans, I wouldn’t get past the secretary.

And that’s what I’m saying. There are a lot of young people who say they shouldn’t have to change who they are to get a job. Well, right now, there aren’t many jobs, so people need to be ready to put their best foot forward to even be considered.

February 12th, 2009 | 10:11 AM
Donace | The Nexus:

yes with your own company/wealth comes power to do what you want how you want.

Professionalism that is what it is, is a courtesy one should always show if he is in an environment in which volatile situations are present, where you are the authority figure, or where you are then one trying to show the right way.

Impression, stereotypes are all part of the human psyche and to effectively ‘play’ it you must cater for it. hence the suits etc.

February 12th, 2009 | 11:25 AM
John Dilbeck:

Good morning, Mitch.

I won’t argue with your main point; it is something that should be considered.

It won’t affect how I dress or act, but I’m not saying that anyone should emulate me.

It should also be considered that I live in the mountains and you’ll see few people wearing suits around here. Some do, but the great majority don’t.

If I were back in Atlanta, I might have a different perspective.

Act on your dream!


February 14th, 2009 | 4:22 AM

John, in a way, it really does come down to where one is, what they’re environment is like, and what they’re hoping to achieve in that environment. You do make a good point in that, if everyone else is doing the same thing, you wouldn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb (interesting expression, by the way, since thumbs stick out anyway). Thanks for the conversation on it all.

February 14th, 2009 | 9:32 AM

Well, there is always that. I never had a garage until I was in my 40’s! lol

February 12th, 2009 | 8:27 PM
Jay -

You know what? I think it all depends on the situation because I like to be comfortable and talk like I type. Honestly, I like to be me.

In the situation you used, I think it also depends because they’re just asking for a simple link exchange which isn’t always looked at like “business.” But then again, your entire blog is pretty much business style stuff lol.


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February 11th, 2009 | 10:17 PM

Hi Jay; kind of my point. If you see that I write a certain way, why would you send me something in a totally different manner? It’s almost like someone asked if I wanted a grape soda when they knew they only sold cola. Man, I had to reach deep for that one!

February 11th, 2009 | 11:19 PM

hey Mitch,
Since everyone else and their brother seems to have commented on this post, I thought I would too. 🙂
1. I’ve heard it before, but I still love your “who do you think I am” joke…
2. You are old. I am too. I still think phones are for talking on. Have you seen some of the text messages kids send these days? Cmp grs (my text version of “complete gibberish”).
~ Steve, the trade show guru

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February 12th, 2009 | 6:09 PM

Yes I have, Steve. I have texting on my phone, and I use it, but I write out complete sentences, whereas I’ve had to learn how to interpret only from one of my friends, who’s in her early 40’s but thinks she’s still 21! lol

February 12th, 2009 | 8:28 PM
Yan@Blogging Tips:

Mitch, why is it that every time I finally happen to stop by and make a comment on your blog I’m already way down the list? Wow!

Sounds familiar here?

Anyway, going back to those emails. If the subject is of any value to me, I care less about how it’s presented. Otherwise, a well-written email, though caught my attention, will eventually be passed off as yet another junk.


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February 13th, 2009 | 3:15 AM

I guess, as a former director of many people, I’d see it as representative of the type or work they’d normally do. Kind of like when people used to submit resumes to me and they’d misspelled the name of their high school. Sorry, maybe that’s old school thinking, but I’m old school. If you cut corners for your business, how do I know you won’t cut corners in working with me?

February 13th, 2009 | 6:45 PM

Oh! Maybe those persons are not english-native-speakers, so do I! I understand that it gets on your nerves. We have to protect our different languages. Internet, I guess, is responsible for all that. Before, everything that would be published, was corrected. Whereas now, anyone is free to communicate they way they want!! languages are changing and I guess that in some decades everyone might write differently. It appears in every languages but english seems to be the most affected!

Good post!

February 13th, 2009 | 8:08 AM

Hi Olivia. I know at least one of them was American; I couldn’t vouch for the other one. However, I usually find that folks whose first language isn’t English usually are taught to write more formally than we’re taught here in the States. They may miss a word here and there, but they don’t usually digress to what I call “chat room speak.” It’s possible, but I just don’t feel it, if you know what I mean.

February 13th, 2009 | 6:48 PM

I don’t think it is an age thing, so much as a professional thing. The first one looks like it was written by a teenager, or someone who has been overwhelmed by text-talk to the point they have forgotten English.

The second is a little text-talk, and perhaps a bad email-text editor that took out their line breaks?

Either way, I can see it probably goes over well with personal teen sites, but not so much with more mature or business related sites.

~ Kristi

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February 13th, 2009 | 4:29 PM

Thanks for your comment Kristi. I hope I’m not overly hating on them, if they are young, but it just didn’t come across well to me.

February 13th, 2009 | 7:13 PM

Hi Mitch,Iam new to the internet marketing.I came to know how to request for the link exchange in a proffessional manner.Thanks for the advice

February 16th, 2009 | 1:12 AM

No problem; keep reading and enjoy.

February 16th, 2009 | 9:14 AM


As a journalist, I cringe every time I receve one of those emails. I’m convinced it’s SPAM because who in the world wold allow an email to go out without proofreading it 🙂

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February 16th, 2009 | 3:32 PM

I kind of have the same feeling, Beverly; maybe not the kind of spam we see that’s auto generated, but spam nonetheless. I think, based on how we were taught when we went to school, that it probably bothers us more than folks 15 to 20 years younger than we are.

February 16th, 2009 | 6:03 PM