I want to hopefully find a win-win situation out of this discussion.
Everyday, I get between 10-20 emails from complete strangers, or people I have never met before. Please be convinced, I love hearing from everyone.
These emails are mostly about specific technical questions. Like anything, there is a broad range of questions - many of them giving a clear cut question, many of them which leave me wandering for more information, and some of them requesting breast feeding even.
Now, I reply to a few, but I cannot possibly reply to all of them. It is simply impossible. Also I cannot justify spending 4-5 hours, everyday, without really getting paid for that effort.
I hope to find a win-win situation to this situation, so here is what I propose and I hope to get some feedback helping improve the situation.
a) If your technical question is about a topic that lacks guidance, or has poor documentation, and I feel I can contribute, I will blog about it, but not tonight.
b) If your technical question is specific, but many others have the same question - I hope to blog about it sometime, but not tonight.
c) If your question is about some clarification on my book, If I can answer without much homework, I will. If I feel that you just haven't bothered reading through it yet, you probably won't hear back from me.
d) If your technical question is very very specific to your situation, please don't expect a reply without expecting to pay for it.
e) Regardless of the nature of your question - I will definitely read your emails.
f) Finally, if you are a recruiter and you want me to help you find a good candidate - I feel a bit uncomfortable working for you without a written & signed contract in place.
And as always, I love hearing from you, so please feel free to contact me at: http://www.winsmarts.com/contact.aspx.