Friday Five…NOT

There’s nothing I like better than a good pissing match. What should show up in my inbox this morning, but an email from Heather, who runs the Friday Five.


To: submissions
Subject: a note
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 10:56:46

You are politely being asked to discontinue “advertising” your Thursday Three on the Friday Five. I normally wouldn’t have a problem with this except your only intention is to drive traffic to your site by degrading my questions and, in turn, the people who answer them. It’s not appreciated and any further attempts will be promptly deleted.



I never “advertised” the Thursday Three on your site, though I did link to it. If that’s your definition of advertising, we can argue definitions at a later date, if you would like. Actually, I didn’t have a sole intention. There are a couple of intentions, none of which were to insult you or the people who answer your questions.

1) Yes, I was using your site to drive traffic to the Thursday Three. Nasty as that seems on the surface, I have no problem admitting to it. And let’s be fair, I drove a lot of traffic to your site when I participated in the Friday Five. I just want the traffic back.

2) My intentions were never to insult anyone. I think your questions are, for the most part, lame. No need to take it personally. If you take anything personally, you should recognize the fact that Chris and I thought the model for the Friday Five was so good, we ripped you off to improve upon it. You should be flattered. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…or something like that.

No hard feelings, Heather. Perhaps you can even participate in the Thursday Three. We would welcome it with open arms. Thank you for providing the inspiration for the Thursday Three. Seriously.