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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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