1. I appreciated the professional tone of this email, and noted the line at the end acknowledging that I may not respond at all. Since it seemed time, effort, and thought went into the email, I wanted to reciprocate. I shared my honest thoughts on the concept seeking promotion.
2. Generic flattery will get you nowhere.
3. So I guess a rate card is a thing that exists.
If you have a blog you know all about these matters. If you read blogs but do not have a blog, please know that this is how things work these days. It was not always like this.
I like receiving blog emails and will respond to any thoughtful messages sent my way.