Hey, there. I’m Phil Janecic, the founder, writer, and administrator of Mind of Steel. If you want to contact me for any reason, use the form below.

I love hearing from people I influence, whether it’s positive feedback or constructive criticism. However, emails quickly pile up and it takes me ages to respond to everybody.

So in order to benefit both of us, I’ve created a list of simple guidelines. Please read them before attempting to use the contact form below. Chances are, if you skip reading these guidelines, you are the one they were written for in the first place.

How to get your email read

  • While I try to reply to everybody, sometimes it’s not possible.
  • Keep your messages short and to the point. Open-ended messages like “I don’t know what to do with my life, what do you think?” will likely be ignored.
  • Format your emails properly. Separate paragraphs, spell-check your messages, and use proper punctuations.
  • If your message is incoherent or confusing, I will likely just ignore it. It takes too much of my time to analyze each message and understand “what the author meant”.

In short, if your message is clear and understandable, that’s great. If I have to dedicate extra time and energy to understand what you mean, you’re doing it wrong.

How to get your email ignored

I rarely ignore emails, but there are certain types of messages that are almost guaranteed to make me delete your email or mark it as spam. If you want to ask me one of the following, please rethink your decision:

“Can I write for the site or publish guest posts?”

No. I don’t accept guest posts of any kind, so don’t bother pitching me your ideas.

“Can you link to my article, report, infographic, case study, etc?”

No. Your email will be marked as spam and ignored. If you send follow-up emails, they will be marked as spam as well.

“Hey Phil, here’s my life story, hope you can help me. It all started when I was five years old…”

Please keep your emails short and as direct as possible. If you need advice, be specific and get to the point. If you feel like you need a long explanation before you can get to the point, that is usually a sign that you’re overcomplicating things in your mind. You just answered your own question. As much as I like to help everybody out, the longer and the more confusing your email, the greater the chances that I will simply skip it.

“I want to pitch you our company’s product or service.”

Not interested. When I need a business solution, I will look for it myself.

Alright, I read everything. Can I send you a message now?

Of course. Just use the contact form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. If you want a quick response to a quick question, you can also tweet at me.

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