Thought of the Week: I Have a Social Media Problem

Hello. My name is Satis, and I have a problem.

It’s not a gambling problem, or a drinking problem. It’s not an addiction problem, or an incontinence problem (not yet). Nor is it particularly a personal problem.

My problem, readers, is with social media. More specifically, I don’t know how to use it.

That’s right; the blogger with nearly 3,000 readers can’t use social media. Isn’t that just a lamentable problem? It’s not that I don’t like it; I think social media is a fantastic way of disseminating information of all sorts, and it has a power to control the Continue reading →

The Devil’s Details: Don’t Insult Me Through Spam Comments!

No-Spam-CanI don’t usually check the Spam section of the comments here, because the filter is generally pretty accurate. However, every once in a while the number builds up, and I go and check it out for a laugh. The thing that really amuses me is the atrocious English and the utterly generic content that is intended to be applicable to any post of any kind – except they’re not. Time after time I’m praised for the “information” on my site; I rarely post information of any kind.

“This is the right blog for anyone who wants to learn about this topic. You realize so much its pretty much difficult to argue with you (not that I truly would want?-HaHa). You absolutely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Fantastic stuff, just great!”

Some of it, on the other hand, is nearly unintelligible:

“Continue to maintain up the pretty very good operate. I just extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader.”

Or:

“However never the actual significantly less it turned out stimulating.”

The point is, they’re always praising me, sucking up and hoping I’ll click the link to their website. Sometimes I do for fun, so I suppose their goal was achieved.

But then the other day, I got this one:

“The next time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this 1. I mean, I know it was my selection to read, but I basically thought youd have something intriguing to say. All I hear is often a bunch of whining about some thing that you simply could fix if you happen to werent too busy seeking for attention.”

I mean hey, come on – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all! Apparently I could fix all my problems if I didn’t spend all my time seeking attention.

Hm. I think the whole point of my blog is to get people to read it, so yes – I do want attention. But next time, don’t insult me!

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Thought of the Week: Pandemonious Pumpkin Juice, Batman – I’ve Been Freshly Pressed!

Wow! It finally happened! Though in truth I never actually expected it.

Out of the blue last week, I got an email from WordPress telling me that one of my posts had been chosen to be featured on Freshly Pressed. I pretty much thought it was a hoax.

And since for a few days nothing seemed to happen, I started dismissing it. Though I was secretly kind of nervous.

But then, on Saturday morning, I woke up to find I had three hundred hits. Three hundred. My typical number per day is about two.

Naturally, I rushed over to Freshly Pressed, and sure enough, there at the top of the page was my post! It was like, super wow!

That Saturday, I got 885 hits. In June, for the entire month, I got 775.

Off the back of this one Freshly Pressed article, I got 100 comments, 72 new followers, countless likes, and met some new fellow bloggers that I would likely never have come across otherwise.

So I have two simple, enormous thanks to give.

  1. Thank you to WordPress for featuring my article. I was honored by your faith in my writing, and the consideration that other people would enjoy it.
  2. Thank you even more to every single person who stopped by, read, liked, commented and followed me. I am simply blown away by the support, the kindness, the thoughtful comments, and most of all the sheer number of you that have enjoyed what I had to say. Thank you, thank you so much!

And that’s really all I have to say this week. You are incredible – every single one of you!