The following is the email dialogue between me and a Writer Beat participant I’m keeping anonymous by calling him Howie. Start from the bottom to stay in chronological order.
It’s been four years since I started Writer Beat and if there is one thing I’ve learned about this venture, is that authors that comment on the work of others are the most important authors I have. Accordingly, they will receive my white glove treatment as I roll the red carpet for them. Seeing that I have no money to give, the next best thing I have to offer is readers/commenters. So if you (anyone that reads this) wants to increase your readership, I have one simple request…comment on the work of others.
Knowing that is my only criteria, this makes me unlike any editor I know. For starters, I don’t edit content or generally read the articles I choose to promote. I just research comment history and then make my decision. I take offense to you suggesting I’m incompetent, but that doesn’t change my mind. Should you comment on the work of others, you’ll receive my white glove treatment as well.
I sadly conclude that your criteria of promoting or not promoting texts are as bad as those used by editors of most media outlets in the U.S. They are political, this or other way. Similarly, as these editors you apply some technical criteria reflecting your ideological or business objectives. Identically as them, by applying your criteria, you acknowledge that you are incompetent in deciding which texts are of great intellectual value, which are followers, and which are just the background for the former.
You are as mediocre as all American media became. But in your case you have no board to report to; you have no excuse. It is your personal decision.
I apologize for being honest.
I won't because you haven't commented on the work of others.
Can you do it this time?
One thing I often do is blast our email database with a link to your article.
From Howie after I advised him to comment on the work of others:
Preoccupied with other things, I sort of forgot about your forum.
What are the other things you might do on promotion of my material?