As grateful as I am -- and I am, oh yes, oh yes, I am -- I still wonder why Her Snarkiness exerts herself so on our behalf. What a load of work! But I've been reluctant to suggest any changes to the Crapometer because they're all about ME and what I want/need/wish etc.
Because in the not so distant past, and up through this very day, people have helped me. My colleagues, my clients, the readers of this blog.
I have to say no to a lot of people every day. "No thanks" without a single word of explanation about why (and no, we're not going to have the 'please comment on query letters' discussion again).
I know there are real live people behind those letters. People who wrote in early hours of the morning before the kids got up, in the ladies room on lunch hours, late at night while the laundry spins endlessly. People who want nothing more than to be writers. People who are willing to work hard, listen to advice, and start all over again when they see the purple "this is a mess" or "wtf". Start all over again after saying "thank you" and not "you stink SnarkforBrains".
The question isn't how can I. The question is, given the technology of the blogosphere we have at our disposal, how could I not.