My pal, Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice, a denizen of free social media perks from Klout, doesn’t much care for guest blogging spam. Recently, I had the following exchange of twits with Scott (yes, this is the correct noun usage, get used to it):
So, here is the email I received from Nikita Dawson of nerdlaw.org:
Nikita Dawson [email address redacted]
11:37 AM (43 minutes ago)
I am a legal blogger for nerdlaw.org
I am currently looking for guest blogging opportunities and I was wondering if you would be willing to write a guest post for my blog, and if possible, allow me to write an article (on the subject of your choice) for your site with a link?
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response,
And here is my email in reply:
Dear Nikita:I acknowledge with great thanks your email and kind invitation to guest blog at nerdlaw.org.
Candidly, I was surprised by your unsolicited invitation, particularly in light of the fact that your website appears to focus on American legal issues, rather than Canadian ones. I only mention this since I am sure that before you considered extending the invitation to guest blog, you did some background checking or due diligence and confirmed that I am a Canadian blawger and Ontario lawyer.
Still, I often do comment on social media and internet law issues from different jurisdictions, including the U.S., the U.K. and Europe.
I am currently taking your guest blog offer under advisement, but I would be interested in knowing whether you would be amenable to a guest blog post on the cutting-edge topic of “Flawging”. In case you’re not familiar with the term, here is a link to a post that summarizes my views on guest blogging requests: “How To Murder Your Professional Reputation Online”
Given that I am not qualified to write on American law, I am constrained in covering any of the panoply of topics that nerdlaw.org seems to be interested in. Undeterred, I am prepared to write a game-changing post on how flawging and guest blogging by unqualified hacks has contributed to, the proverbial “race to the bottom”, as noted by my good friend and colleague, criminal defense lawyer and blawger, Scott Greenfield (whom I understand you also solicited with a guest blogging invitation).
Of course, I am equally constrained in allowing guest blog posts without knowing more about your legal credentials and professional experience. Are you a practising lawyer? If so, in which jurisdictions? How long have you practised law? Do you make money from your blogging? Do you have any qualifications to comment on Canadian law? International law? IP law? These are all topics that fill up most of my time and capture my interest.
I hope that these questions are not overly intrusive. It’s just that I don’t blog for profit. The Trial Warrior Blog is a personal law blog (blawg). The few guest bloggers I have invited are, without exception, respected lawyers and great legal writers. I trust you appreciate my trepidation in this regard.
However, I may be inclined to reciprocate in kind. Perhaps you have some expertise in writing about ponies. I certainly hope so. As my fellow blawger, Ken at Popehat has written extensively on this exigent topic, I commend you to read his body of work. Here is a link to an equine-based post that should get your creative juices flowing: “Ponies 101: Introduction to Ponies“.
Yours very truly,
Antonin I. Pribetic
I eagerly await Nikita’s response. In the meantime, I will have this classic Elton John song playing over and over in my mind: