The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's almost as if they use a template or something when sending the emails

So I'm checking my email when I see this:

From
Jesse Miller <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>
To
sean@conman.org
Subject
Research on Things to do in Vegas
Date
Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:51:12 -0400

Dear Editor,

My name is Jesse and I’m a writer at Jen Reviews. I was doing research on things to do in Vegas and just finished reading your wonderful post: http://boston.conman.org/2006/07/19.1

In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I’ve read in the past: http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/

I just finished writing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive on the 100 best things to do in Vegas. It is over 7,500 words, packed with practical tips and advice, and completely free. You can find it here: https://www.jenreviews.com/best-things-to-do-in-las-vegas/

If you like the guide we’d be humbled if you cited us in your article. Of course, we will also share your article with our 50k newsletter subscribers and followers across our social platforms.

Either way, keep up the great work!

Warmly,
Jesse

And I didn't know how to respond. I mean, I should probably not respond, as “Jesse” probably did not read the post in question, but I was tempted to reply with:

From
Sean Conner <sean@conman.org>
To
Jesse Miller <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>
Subject
Re: Research on Things to do in Vegas
Date
Sun, 11 Mar 2018 21:22:00 -0400

Of course you can share my post with your 50k newsletter subscribers! Not many people have experienced the dread terror that comes with a dark and silent casino filled with nothing but slot zombies, although any Disney and/or Wynn employees that might be part of your subscriber base might have an issue with the phrase “Disneyfication of European elegance of the Wynn.”

Not quite so sincerely yours,
Sean

But then I saw this email:

From
Jen Miller <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>
To
root@conman.org
Subject
Research on Things to do in Vegas
Date
Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:32:46 -0400

Dear Editor,

My name is Jen and I’m a writer at Jen Reviews. I was doing research on things to do in Vegas and just finished reading your wonderful post: http://boston.conman.org/2010/01/15.1

In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I’ve read in the past: http://www.visitlasvegas.com/

I just finished writing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive on the 100 best things to do in Vegas. It is over 7,500 words, packed with practical tips and advice, and completely free. You can find it here: https://www.jenreviews.com/best-things-to-do-in-las-vegas/

If you like the guide we’d be humbled if you cited us in your article. Of course, we will also share your article with our 50k newsletter subscribers and followers across our social platforms.

Either way, keep up the great work!

Warmly,
Jen

And now I know that “Jen Reviews” never read either post. Because this second post has nothing at all to do with Lost Wages other than a throwaway link (that I had to find) near the bottom of the post.

I am shocked! Shocked, I say, to realize they're just spamming every site that links to anything linking to Lost Wages.

Update on Monday, March 19th, 2018

“Jesse” wrote back, asking for my thoughts on the original email. So that reply that I was tempted to use?

I used it.

Update a few moments later …

“Jen” also asked for an update. I sent “Jen” the same reply.

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