How Not To Do It, Example 2

Over the weekend, Kyle mentioned on Twitter that he unfortunately was going to have to publish a post calling out a blogger for some dishonesty. That post dropped yesterday morning.

The blogger in question: Aaron Clarey

The whole issue was one of attribution, as Kyle wrote a guest post for Clarey’s blog, but didn’t get anything more than Clarey’s normal and vague “This is from our ______ agent in the field.” Now if this was anything like his normal “tips” where someone writes an email and doesn’t have a blog, there wouldn’t be a problem. This time was different.

While my blog isn’t that big (it’s pretty small actually), at least I know about the etiquette of linking other guys. The whole “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” thing, and also giving credit for content that isn’t yours to prevent the accusation of theft. The latter of the two being a fairly big deal.

Basically, the sequence of events went like this (screencaps of the emails are here):
– The guest post is published April 27 without a link to Kyle.
– A few days later on May 1, Kyle emails Clarey asking politely to have a link to his blog put in at the top.
– Getting no response, Kyle emails Clarey on May 5, asking politely if he got the previous message.
– Clarey responds on May 6 with a dismissal and to “get off my ass.”
– Still seeing no attribution on the guest post 2 weeks after publication (and after publication ~30 of Clarey’s own posts), Kyle calls him out with the Tuesday post.
– A storm erupts on Twitter, with Clarey complaining about “whiny Millennials.”

Clarey did eventually give credit to Kyle, but in a very classless way:
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(The story behind this is that I predicted that Kyle would be “featured” in Clarey’s next podcast where he would rant and complain about “whiny Millennials”)

Now, what could have easily been solved by a few clicks and a copy/paste function, or saying “I’m really busy/travelling at the moment, but I’ll get to it as soon as I can” turns into another “How Not To Do It” credibility-killing entry.

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