E-mail is far and away the best way to reach me if you have a question or a pitch. The best e-mail address to use for anything backup-related is sallie [at] fileslinger [dot] com. Please read the Review Policy before pitching your products to me; it could save us both some time.
I may answer questions on the blog if they seem relevant to other readers, but I’ll send you a personal response, too.
I’m not especially partial to telephones, but for some things, the phone is still the best way to communicate. You can call during business hours Pacific Time at 510-969-9947. If you’re planning to call, please remember that my last name rhymes with “sketch.”
If I’m in the middle of something critical, I’ll have the Do Not Disturb button on and you’ll go straight to voicemail without my ever knowing someone is calling, but I will get back to you.
For IM, voice interviews, and video chat, I prefer Skype. My Skype ID is author-izer. Say something meaningful in your request for details so I know that you want to talk backups and not mail-order brides. Also, please send a text message before making a voice or video call, because I don’t always have the headset or the webcam connected to the computer.
If you’re sending swag or products to review, the mailing address is:
2063 Main Street #133
Oakley, CA 94561
Guest posts are welcome, as long as they’re on-topic. (You might want to read the Review Policy for some hints as to the topic if you aren’t a regular reader of this blog.) Remember that many if not most of my readers are non-geeks. If you are not a native speaker of English, I’ll fix your grammatical errors, but I do appreciate having the spell-check run first.
Please disclose any relationships you have with vendors if you’re endorsing a product.
If there’s something you covet for review, I can try to get you a copy of it, but I don’t have the pull that TechCrunch does, so I might not be able to procure everything on your wish list.
You can send plain text, Word docs, or HTML. Put “guest post” in the subject header of your e-mail. Please send images separate from text.
My blog posts are available for re-publication under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. That means that you can use them in your e-zine or blog as long as
- You aren’t charging your readers (AdSense is okay)
- You link back to the post on my site
- You give me credit for writing it.
If you want to use a column in a commercial publication (one you actually make money from, not just one where you have to charge to cover printing/hosting costs), contact me through one of the methods listed above, and we’ll work something out.
If you tell me what kind of computer setup you have, I’m happy to spend 15 minutes by phone or e-mail making suggestions on the best backup solution for you, free of charge. If I start to get lots of duplicate requests, I’ll probably create a new page on the website and direct people there if I’ve answered the question before. In exchange for my time, I ask that you let me post the question and answer on the blog, though if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can.
For serious tech support, try Bay Area Techies, the Apple Genius Bar, or in fact pretty much anyone but me. Please.
If you want help with setting up a blog or podcast, e-mail me at sallie [at] wpfangirl [dot] com.
For assistance in writing your own blog or newsletter, contact me at sallie [at] author-izer [dot] com.