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An Olive Branch To Jamie Leigh

Thursday, short­ly after post­ing Ban Jamie Leigh From Blogs, I received a nasty e-mail from Miss Leigh. It was dis­joint­ed and dis­or­ga­nized, con­tained sev­er­al junior high lev­el attempts at per­son­al attack, made lit­tle sense, and redressed a few things that I nev­er said. I won­dered if maybe it was based on a form let­ter she sent out to those who dis­agreed with her.

The let­ter was obvi­ous­ly writ­ten by some­one quite upset, and, well, I’m a suck­er for tears.

So, I sent the below e-mail as an offer­ing of an olive branch. After two days, I’ve yet to receive a response.


We’ve got­ten off to an adver­sar­i­al start. Let’s try this anoth­er way.

I tried to speak with you about this civil­ly when we first chat­ted a few months ago. At that time, how­ev­er, you oblique­ly blew me off. Let’s try it again: a nor­mal, civ­il con­ver­sa­tion via e-mail.

You’ve earned my ire by your prac­tice of pro­mot­ing your­self on my blogs and on oth­ers’. Posting 1,000+ word essays about wax muse­ums to half a dozen blogs is, in my opin­ion, incon­sid­er­ate of oth­er peo­ple. Your site doesn’t allow com­ments (that I can find), but none of the peo­ple whose blogs you’ve post­ed your essays to would spam your site. As cliched as it is, the old addage applies quite well in this sit­u­a­tion: Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you.

Please, Jamie, pro­mote your­self some oth­er way besides spam­ming oth­er people’s blogs. Have some respect for oth­er peo­ple. We all get pum­meled by spam e-mail every time we open our inbox­es. Popups and ban­ner ads obscure our brows­ing expe­ri­ence with no sign of relent­ing. Blogs are to blog­gers their own lit­tle online patch­es of land, their safe, pick­et fenced yards of per­son­al expres­sion to mow, groom, and land­scape how­ev­er THEY choose. These yards are open to you if you walk on them with respect. But, please don’t come around shit­ting on everyone’s lawn.

With sin­cer­i­ty and respect,

Pariah Burke

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6 Responses

  1. fl0w3r says:

    I sure would be inter­est­ed to find out if and how she responds. My guess is that you may be try­ing to rea­son with an adolescent-minded pub­lic­i­ty whore. She like­ly won’t absorb your very respect­ful request and will respond in her usu­al chaot­ic and agres­sive man­ner.

  2. Bea says:

    I’m here just to share the love… heh! Happy Bloggers Love-In Day. :-)

  3. Chris says:

    I hate to repeat myself here lad­die, but you are doing exact­ly what she wants.… get­ting her atten­tion. If you sim­ply ignore her, along with ban­ning her from your site, she should go away, to find her­self anoth­er site to get her much desired atten­tion.
    As the old Newspaper PR peo­ple so elo­quent­ly put it, “bad press is still good press…”

    Take a sec­ond hint my man, drop this ball, lest it become chained to your ankle.

  4. fl0w3r:

    Well, after more than a week, I’ve yet to receive a response. That’s a shame. Oh, well.

    I missed anoth­er Bloggers Love-In Day? Again? Two years in a row now I’ve missed my chance to get into a daisy chain with oth­er blog­gers. Dammit!


    You would think it’s that simple--and for the most part it is--but she keeps pop­ping up. Blogs and posts that I read and respond to get spammed by her, tak­ing the focus off the orig­i­nal top­ic and onto her--or just killing the con­ver­sa­tion all togeth­er.

    Ah, well.

    Sorry to take so long to respond. I’ve been ramp­ing up a cou­ple of new for-profit (gasp!) blogs, the Design Weblog and the Magazine Design Weblog.

  5. I sim­ply must point you to this com­ment that post­ed last night. It must be the actu­al­iza­tion of the threat Jamie Leigh made. Boy, am I sor­ry! [snick­er]

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