Bad Example has a post today about the efficacy of emailing high-traffic blogs with links. He conducted an experiment, emailing a number of the Big Dudes, and tracked the results. His conclusions are interesting; go over and check it out.
Our blog is not high-traffic (we may count as medium-traffic), but we certainly get our share of email. I can’t imagine how the Top Dogs manage to keep up with theirs.
So, if you email us, here’s the scoop:
- We read virtually every email that comes in.
- Of those that are not mass mailings, or from trolls or lunatics, we respond to as many as possible, probably less than 50%. And, as our traffic increases, that percentage is getting lower.
- Whether or not we go to (or use) the link you send depends on (a) how much spare time (ha!) we have, (b) whether it seems on-topic for us, and (c) sheer chance.
- We appreciate all the non-troll mail we get, so don’t give up on us!
Increasing traffic has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is not being able to deal promptly and properly with all our correspondence.