Are Bloggers Trained Monkeys?
The count is up to three. That is how many requests I have received thus far to write on specific topics. The topics have varied widely, and are very interesting. They reflect the passion and creativity of the people making the suggestions. That's why I suggested to the suggesters, and here suggest again, that these folks start a blog if they do not have one, and, if they do have one, to write about their pet topic themselves.
Are other bloggers receiving these requests as well? If so, do you find it odd? Do other types of writers receive requests to write about specific topics from people other than publishers or editors who are paying them? Does Dan Brown receive requests to write books about UFOs landing in Vatican City? Does Robert Novak receive requests to out more CIA agents? (Actually, that's a bad example, he probably does, and is working on them now). Aren't blogs -- web logs -- supposed to be personal to the writer, like diaries?
Perhaps this is a form of flattery, but I am not so delusional to think I can write about a subject better than the suggester who feels passionate enough to suggest it.
So again, I politely suggest to the suggesters, no more suggestions, please. Unless you're paying for my services. Then let's talk.