So today I opened up my email and wasn’t I surprised and honored to find that Maricel Anderson thought so highly of my blog that she (he?) wanted to submit a post of earth shaking importance for exclusive appearance here:
I’m a writer for an online resource about healthcare management and am getting in touch with you because I’m interested in contributing an article to your blog. I came across your blog ctblueblog.com as I was conducting research about geriatric care management.
I’m interested in writing an article about the current state of geriatric care and the ballooning number of chronic conditions for the elderly today. Furthermore, I’m interested in how we as a country will be dealing with this ongoing issue in the future. I’d be happy to work with you on the topic if you have any insights. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
But imagine my surprise to learn in my very next email that my fame had spread beyond the world of politics to the world of grammar, as Alexa Russell weighed in:
I'm a researcher/writer for a resource covering the importance of English proficiency in today’s workplace. I came across your blog ctblueblog.com as I was conducting research and I’m interested in contributing an article to your blog because I found the topics you cover very engaging.
I’m thinking about writing an article that looks at how the Internet has changed the way English is used today; not only has its syntax changed as a result of the Internet Revolution, but the amount of job opportunities has also shifted as a result of this shift. I’d be happy to work with you on the topic if you have any insights. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Well, I don’t consider myself worthy of this sort of attention, so I’m not planning on responding, but I would love to know the nature of the scam.
Speaking of spam, Josh Marshal relates an interesting story here. Apparently Google has found a way to penalize the websites to which spam comments link, so one such website sent Josh what he characterized as a “cease and desist” letter telling him to take down the offending comments that it had paid someone to post. But, reading it as a lawyer, I recognized it for what it was: not a “cease and desist” letter, but a letter designed to look as much as possible like a “cease and desist” letter without actually being one. The use of the word “request”; is the tell. Right to the edge, but not quite over the line. Still, pretty ballsy.