Being Nice Pays Off

I have a very big family – nine siblings to be exact. And in this family, if you’d like a favor, you ask nicely.

I’m working on a project that requires me to reach out to unknown people. I’ve received many really nice responses from several bloggers. I’ve also received some not-so-nice responses.

These not-so-nice responses have included links to blog posts about how to pitch a blogger. I understand that people get inundated with requests. A simple, “No, thank you,” works well. A link to a post you wrote ranting about people like me is rather unprofessional.

I personally think it pays to be nice. What are your thoughts? Do we play nice or try to correct others with links?