I think this should be my new standard response to all the "Dear Ollie" emails that I receive.
Ollie will be unable to fulfill your request to become an ambassador, review your product, post your info-graphic, or share your Kickstarter campaign. He is generally uninterested in learning about blog topics that you think his readers will enjoy and doesn't have the power (or desire) to accept a guest post or advertising on the blog. You see, Ollie is a dog.
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So if he would have read my Twitter profile first or clicked through to my blog, it would not have been difficult to figure out my name.
But then again, I get it. He doesn't care about me, and that's really OK, I don't care about him either! He doesn't even know me. He doesn't "love my blog." He was simply looking at my social media numbers and blindly sending requests to me and 100s or 1000s like me in hopes that a few will respond positively. The request had nothing to do with me at all.
But the one-sided request is annoying enough, calling me the wrong name is like rubbing my nose in it. (Ollie only gets his nose rubbed in it when he is bad.)
It reminds me of a story from my dad. He goes by his middle name. He told me once that he loved when he would get calls from people addressing him by his first name, because he would instantly know that the person on the other end of the line didn't really know him. It was an easy way to weed out the sales calls. He knew without fail that anyone that addressed him by his first name did not know him, that they were reading a name off of a paper. Period. And that is how I feel about "Dear Ollie" emails.
Thanks for helping me weed out the PR pitches from people who have no idea what I am all about.
And every once in awhile I get a 'Dear Hollie" email. Hollie must be Ollie's long lost sister.
Does your dog ever get emails? Thanks for letting me get out a rare rant. Writing about things keeps me sane.
If you really want to send Ollie an email, I'd be happy to read it to him, I can't promise he will respond.
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