Ragan Communications editor David Murray scoffs at my pledge this month to be a bit more understanding about the impact my writing might have on individuals. He wonders aloud (well, as aloud as clacking away at a keyboard gets) whether I ever pick up the phone and conduct an interview for this blog:
"With as little original reporting as most bloggers do—we wonder if Eggertson has ever uttered the words, “Hi, this is Eric Eggertson of the Mutually Inclusive PR blog, and I’d like to ask you a few questions about the campaign you’re doing on behalf of cigarette companies …”—their “snarkiness” is often the only reason to read them."
Now, you might wonder why a paid editor of a communications trade magazine (among other duties) would publish speculation, when the answer to that question is just a phone call (I'm the only Eric Eggertson listed with a phone in Canada) or an e-mail away.
But we at Mutually Inclusive PR have vowed to be more patient with people we perceive to be arrogant, lazy or misguided, so we will indulge this indirect way of asking me a question, and respond.
I hardly ever conduct phone interviews. I work full-time at a communications job, and tend to contact people or organizations by e-mail at lunch or after business hours, if I get the chance.
The last time I did it was in early July, when I e-nterviewed Steve Osgoode of HarperCollins Canada about the book promotions they're doing involving podcasts.
Thanks for asking, David! And thanks for continuing to be a faithful, if skeptical reader.
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