Article by Wendy McCance
People can really stump me. It’s amazing how many times people don’t follow through on the very things they initiate. Since I began blogging, I have been stunned by the sheer number of people who will reach out, and then never follow through.
At times I have thought of putting a chart together showing the offers I have received, but that never went anywhere. I didn’t do it, but the idea would have been like a little interesting science experiment. Was there keywords these people tended to use that would tip me off to forget about the offer? Was there a certain time of month where the moon was full and people got a little crazy?
Have you had experiences like the ones I’m mentioning below?
People contact me on a regular basis because they have seen my website and would like to connect somehow with this blog. Here are some examples:
- Inquiries about advertising their product. I will get emails asking about showcasing a product, we will go over fees and what to expect (they never seem to know, even though there are is a page on advertising at the top of the blog). Everything seems set until I bill them. They are aware that I won’t put their product on the site until payment has been made. Once the bill goes out…crickets.
- Some people have reached out because they were interested in combining efforts to put a class or informational book together. Once I reply showing interest, I never hear from them again.
- Guest posts are the same. People will ask to do a post, but then I never get a post from them.
People will contact me interested in hiring me to handle their social media platforms or to do an assignment for them.
- I have set up meetings where they don’t call, or if I call and leave a message, I don’t hear back.
- I have had interested parties contact me a few times to tell me they will schedule an appointment soon. In the mean time, I will get endorsements from them on LinkedIn, comments from them on posts I wrote and text messages saying they will be calling soon. Why bother?
- I have had many situations where there is an initial conversation and clips of my work and a resume have been submitted. I will get a message back stating they like what they saw and they think we would work well together. I am told of the job they have in mind and that they just need to check with someone else who is also in on the decision making. I’ll check back after a week or two and will either have trouble getting a hold of the person or am told that they have been swamped, but still want to use me for the project. I never hear from them again.
I should mention in all of these cases, I have been proactive about keeping in touch. I will email or call when some time has elapsed. If a meeting is set up, I am there for it. If an email is sent to me, I always reply right away.
I should also mention that there are times unlike the examples above when I am the one who backs off. The situations above that I mentioned are in regards to people I would have liked to work with. There are times though when I will be contacted and either feel a bit creeped out by the offer or the person, or I just know we aren’t a good fit. In those cases, I just let the person know immediately that it’s not going to work out. I won’t leave a person hanging and wondering if we will be working together.
So, my question is this, why bother going to the trouble of connecting if you aren’t interested in following through? I would be so much happier to get a call or email saying that a company decided to go in a different direction than not hearing a thing. If you are interested in working with me, why put in a ton of time showing you are present by answering comments and endorsing me instead of just having a 10 minute phone conversation so I can get to work and help you out?
If you have your own business, or are blogging as a professional blogger, do you have many of these type of experiences? I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this subject.
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