The first several times I came across this blog, it happened to be one of the Sunday conglomerations you used to do.Here's an example of the blog post Lennon is referencing.
I didn't pick up on the fact that it was a once-a-week thing, or that I was there on Sunday again, or that all the people quoted were blog readers' quotes from that week (I will never be a detective). I thought, this is the most random blog I've ever stumbled across.
I miss doing the Week in Review, but the amount of time it took became prohibitive.
But Lennon's comment also made me realize that without context those blog posts are insane.
I'm just glad she kept coming back long enough to suss out what the hell it all meant.
Which brings me to the thinking portion of today's post.
I recently received a 379 word email from a writer.
I know she was a writer cause she said so.
After that, things are a bit murky.
Was it a query?
I don't know. It did not have the word query in it.
Was it a question for the blog?
I don't know. It seemed to have a lot of personal info for a general blog question.
Was it a request for advice?
I don't know.
The one thing I do know is that it didn't have a question in the entire email.
I read it twice to make sure, and then, just cause I wanted to be extra-sure, I ran a search.
And I am reminded of the many times someone has said "well, I emailed so and so, but didn't get a reply."
Now when I hear that, the first thing I'm going to ask is "did you say what you wanted?"
If you're writing to me with a question (and I like hearing from blog readers!) , make sure you're clear about what the question is. If you're sending a query, make sure to include query (in the subject line.)
I'm going to call this the new Lennon Faris Benchmark.