How’s that for click bait?
Does Unsolicited Stuff Bother You?
I have to admit, some unsolicited stuff bothers me. It’s one thing if I sign up for a newsletter or follow an account. It’s different if someone visits a contact form on my site and spams me.
I have a personal rule to never, ever, neverever exchange money, time, or information for any product or service I learn about via spam.
I used to react poorly when people used LinkedIn messages to try and sell me products or services. I get a lot of LinkedIn messages these days. When I have a couple minutes, I respond and let some senders know I appreciate them reaching out, but I do not now have a need for their service or product. I’m polite. I wish them well. They are, after all, attempting to earn a living. I do not consider this spam.
Before you scroll down to begin typing that comment about how wrong I am, please allow me to share that, in my opinion, you get to decide what you do and do not like for yourself.
As do I.
I also get to choose my response.
As do you.
Many of the people with whom I am kind reply along the lines of, “Thank you for your kind response.” I imagine this is because they receive so few kind responses that kind responses stand out.
Relationships – friends, business, and both friend and business relationships – have started this way. Some of those relationships have generated solutions for contacts with whom I was kind, and profit for me.
I reckon this is kind of a meta-post – a blog post about a blog post titled It Costs Precisely $0.00USD to be Nice. “Be nice” is second in my Most Hits list for this blog. I ping it almost every year, and I had not pinged that post in a while. It was time.
Peace. And Merry Christmas 2021!