I quite like writing letters.
- Letters to editor in newspapers.
- Compliant and compliment letters to companies.
- Website feedback.
- I plan to write to several successful individuals who I find inspiring this year.
What I'd quite like to do is publish the responses I get on my blog.
However, that puts me in a little bit of a awkward position re: asking for permission.
As far as I see I have a few options:
- Just publish the response without asking permission or telling them.
- Publish the response without asking, but blur out the names. (Not very practical for some letters).
- Ask for permission in the original letter.
- Ask for permission after they've responded.
Now clearly - for letters the newspapers for example, any responses published the paper are already public record, so publishing them is going to be ok.
Similarly - responses from companies is probably ok. But should I ask anyway as a matter of courtesy?
I'm not really asking about the legality here. If I was wanting to be a really antagonistic content creator (like emails from an asshole), I'd probably hide behind hidden anonymous email addresses in order to find my responses.
It's more about courtesy such that people enjoy their interactions with me.