Hey, there. Phil Janecic here.
I’m the founder, writer, and administrator of Mind of Steel. I love hearing feedback about my work, whether it’s appreciation or constructive criticism.
While I try to reply to everybody, I’ve gotten to the point where my inbox quickly piles up and that becomes impossible. One of the reasons is that for every amazing email I get, there are 10 incoherent messages or marketing pitches I don’t care about.
That sucks, for both of us. So here’s what we’re going to do.
I’ve written a few short guidelines you should read before getting in touch with me. I wish these guidelines were common sense, but sadly they are not. If you want a moment of my time, please take a moment of yours to read them over.
Read this before emailing me
Here are a few short guidelines that will increase the chances of getting your email read (in the order of importance).
- Format your emails properly. Separate paragraphs, spell-check your messages, and use proper punctuations. I’m not a Grammar Nazi but if you can’t spend time writing a coherent message, why would I spend time reading it?
- 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. Be succinct and ask me something specific.
- No life stories, please. While I absolutely love reading these, I just don’t have time to read 5-page emails every day. So please, keep your story relevant and to the point.
In short, if your message is clear and understandable, that’s great. If it’s long or complicated, clarify what you mean and express yourself better.
Do not email me if…
I get a ton of bullshit that I waste absolutely 0% of my time on. If your request falls into one of these categories, it will be ignored and marked as spam.
If you want to ask me one of the following…
- “Do you accept guest posts?”
- “Can you publish our post on your site? We’ll pay you.”
- “Can you link to my article, report, infographic, case study, etc?”
- “Do you need help with web design, development, marketing, etc?”
- “I think you’re the perfect fit for our product/service.”
… the answer is no. If you send me an email anyway asking these things, your email will be marked as spam and ignored.
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.