A note on using Comments

These blog pages, like most blog pages, serve more than one purpose.

Of course I use the blog to update people I know in the industry on what I’m working on.

Sometimes they are somewhere I comment on an issue I feel is important (or perhaps, one that is just important to me).

Sometimes I use blog posts to share knowhow, or to let people know about the type of services I can provide.

But I also use the blog section to let people know about stories I’m working on, where I am looking for expert input. Thanks to everyone who reads these: it really does help.

Recently, though, I’ve noticed a trend for PR people — and it is all PR people — to use the Comment field on the blog to pitch to me.

That doesn’t work, for a number of reasons:
– WordPress only tells me there’s been a comment, it doesn’t send me the comment;
– I don’t check comments every day;
– To reply to the comment – i.e. to reply to the writer, I have to authorise and publish the comment – which of course means everyone can see your pitch.

So, please, if you want to pitch a spokesperson or a story idea to me, please either email me, or contact me via Twitter (@s_pritchard).

If you want to comment on my other meanderings on the world of the media, share ideas, or just say hi, then feel free to use the Comments link at the top of this post.



About stephenpritchard
Freelance journalist specialising in business and technology, based in London (UK).

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