Peevish – that’s me. I’m peeved at the moment and it has to do with people wanting to help. Makes me sound like a bad person and I don’t want to appear ungrateful, but I’m not a ‘travel writer’ for pity’s sake.
Building a network is a difficult task. I try to connect with people on LinkedIn who are writers, editors and publishers. I reach out to marketing and public relations experts. Do I know them all personally? No. That’s why LinkedIn is such a great tool.When I first signed up people asked you for recommendations. I’ve done so for folks I worked with and they did the same for me. Now they have this new thing where you are ‘endorsed’ by your connections. You’re presented with a list of skills or areas of interest and all you have to do is click on them to say, “I have confidence in this person’s abilities in this area.”
Now, when it first started I was a bit skeptical. I mean, how can I endorse someone for fact-checking when I don’t know what their research ethics are like or never read a piece by them with facts that are easily confirmed? The logical choice was to skip over it and not endorse them at all.
On the other hand, there are those connections I know things about and willingly endorse them. Some of my connections are employees of publishing houses whom I worked with through blog tours. It was simple to endorse them for their skills. Authors whose books I love made it easy to endorse them.
I guess what I’m trying to say is you should probably be familiar with a person’s skills before you endorse them for said skills. I’ve never written a travel article in my life and yet I’ve been endorsed for it several times. It’s a simple matter to remove it from my profile and I’ve done so. The point is it shouldn’t be necessary.
Building my network is very important to me and I want to help my connections. But, and this is a big but, I won’t compromise my integrity to do so. I’m not perfect and may have endorsed a few folks before I fully comprehended the LinkedIn program. I think many believe if those skills are displayed in relation to a person then they must have a background involving those skills. Not true. We should all investigate a bit further before clicking that endorsement button. Better yet, don’t endorse someone unless you are personally aware of their skill set.