Just picked up a copy of the Jan-Feb 2011 issue of iPhone Life, a print magazine with ideas for helping Ol' Myrt learn to use her new iPad. What got me was the title of an article by Kevin Sitek, so I scurried to find an online copy to share with my DearREADERS.
15 Rules for pitching Your App to Bloggers
This article should be required reading for anyone pitching anything to any type of blogger. Ol' Myrt here receives about 50 suggestions a month from heretofore unknown genealogy websites, software apps, and promotional companies featuring everything from soup to nuts and things like crystal mugs with etched my very own [emphasis added] Japanese family heraldry image. (?!)
It's a tough job being a prolific geneablogger.
Most of the websites are just built around Ancestry.com and Amazon.com affiliate links. Even more unscrupulous sites "scrape" blog entries from other websites attempting to "beef up" the look or "content" on the offending site. (And we know how that worked out for Ancestry.com a few years ago.) Scraping is stealing the work of another website. Offline it is called plagiarism. There is no way Ol' Myrt here will support such a cause.
A valuable suggestion from Kevin's article is "Include links not attachments." Ol' Myrt here simply won't open email with attachments if it is from someone I don't know. Also, I like to link back to the originator's website announcement about a new product or service whenever possible.
One doesn't need a blinking neon icon to quickly ID a mass email "form letter" as they come to DearMYRTLE addressed as:
- Hello Mr./Ms Dear
- Dear Dear
Sometimes, I just don't know what people are thinking!
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.