So says the Boy Scout motto (note, I was one once).
The other day (like Monday), a drive-by reader who must've found my blog either through the "next blog" button or from a comment that I'd made on YA oriented blog, made a rather lengthy comment before leaving.
Among the thing that she'd mentioned was that I'd won a book award and that she also wanted to do an interview.
Naturally curious, I clicked on her profile and found a link to her very popular (about 750 followers) blog. After briefly perusing the front page (this person was a writer of MG Fantasy and an illustrator), I decided to take her up on her offer.
So I sent her an e-mail and a few hours later, I had gotten a response. I scanned the questions and I was about to print them out for future use, when one particular question caught my eye, which in turn caused me to reconsider and turn down her offer.
The question said: "When did you come up for the idea of your book Cedar's Mountain?"
My friends, no matter what you do for a primary job that pays the bills, puts food on the table and clothes on your back, or what you do for a worthwhile secondary pursuit, you will agree with me that you should always be prepared to answer any question or swerve that you may come across.
You always want to make sure that you go into a given situation at the top of your game.
Clearly, this person did not have her "A" game, because if she was on her "A" game, she would've realized thirty seconds after either reading the front page or the about page, that Cedar's Mountain was a blog.
Not a book.
Now I totally understand the concept of networking and driving traffic to one's blog. But if you're gonna network and link up to other blogs, make damn sure that all of your info is spot on.
In my particular case, calling my blog a book is the fastest way of me completely ignoring your blog and writing a post that is critical of your research abilities. I would also like to point out that you should make sure that the blog you want to link up with is appropriate for your readership.
In other words, if you write MG or YA stuff, chances are that hooking up with a blog that is maintained by a writer who writes adult oriented fiction with leanings towards semi to completely graphic sexual situations would be in anyone's best interests.
Anyways, I'm hoping that this person responds to my last e-mail. Why? Because in her response to my turning down her offer, she said that this was the information that she'd gleaned from googling my name.
Why she would be googling my name in the first place is something that is somewhat troubling to me, since my full name isn't exactly well known in the blogging or writing community. About the only place that you'll find my full name is in two e-zines and my book blog.
Perhaps I just answered my own question with that last sentence.
In any event, the moral of this post is that no matter what you do in life for work or pleasure, make sure you don't come off looking like this.