Driven Potty

As an author I do understand the need to promote my books. From time to time this site carries posts doing precisely that. In addition I am very happy to help spread the word regarding my fellow authors. To this end I have published a number of guest posts by other writers on a variety of topics mainly, but not limited to their literary work. If you are interested in guest posting please email me at newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com.

All of the above is part of being an author. However what drives me barmy is constant automated requests to promote other writer’s work. Recently I have received automated posts, every few hours from one person who shall remain nameless asking me (together with their other followers/readers) to retweet the fact they have a new book out. This is annoying as it clogs up my inbox which is already groaning under the weight of WordPress notifications. Where I to retweet every time this blogger sent out their automated post asking me to do so my own readers would, quite naturally become irritated with me and I wouldn’t blame them for doing so.


This is the first time I have come across this practice and I sincerely hope it will be the last. The vast majority of bloggers do not engage in this behaviour and demonstrate respect for their followers. I suspect the person who is driving me potty is not aware of the effect of their actions so I have not followed my inclination to unfollow (what an ugly word that is) them. However if they persist I will do just that – unfollow them.

I did think long and hard regarding whether to post this. However, on reflection I think the above points do require to be made.



11 thoughts on “Driven Potty

  1. PorterGirl

    It’s great that you have pointed this out because, as you say, the perpetrators may not be aware of quite how much annoyance they might be causing. Let us hope that your words are heeded and your inbox is happy once more 🙂

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I think you are right, that the person may not know how annoying their behaviour is. Today I have not received any further automated messages and I hope this continues to be the case. Best. Kevin

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment Chris. I hope so to. Ironically, had this blogger contacted me with a request to do a guest post on my site I would happily have obliged. I think doing guest posts combined with the judicious use of self promotion on your own sites is a better way than spamming the community, (although, I appreciate people who engage in this behaviour may not know that this is what they are, in fact doing). Kevin

      1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        That is interesting. Fortunately it is the first time I have come across it but, from what you say its obviously relatively widespread. Its ironic because it is, in my experience likely to put off potential readers rather than encourage them to check out the person in questions work.

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