To chime in he here once again. Don't listen to anybody who tells you reconsideration requests are a waste of time. It is ALWAYS worth your time trying to contact Google. Be open and honest about what you have done (you believed you were doing no wrong creating the links - then tell them that).
All it can do is speed up the process and they may offer you some helpful advice as to what exactly it is they have become disgruntled about. This can at least put you in the right direction.