Unsolicited irksome blogging advice

Disclaimer: If your inbox was recently flooded with a whole bunch of stupidity from my blog, sorry, that was me doing stuff. πŸ™„ I briefly contemplated pausing or getting rid of the blog altogether but then…I didn’t. Anyway some of the posts are back now that were taken off and…just shoot me. But I think I’m back to my former (ab)normal self now. So here we go, back to regular programming…

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You know what irks me?

Many things irk me lately, but this email this morning I found particularly irksome.

Apparently they want to improve my website. I know this because they emailed it to me, meaning, they used my email address. But then, they named me by a blog name that does not belong to me, but rather to one of my followers.

If I were to send unsolicited marketing emails to people whom I wished to retain as paying customers, I would check and double check that the information I was referencing was accurate. In fact, I do this with my regular followers at times – for instance, one of my followers mentioned a birthday recently on her blog and I wanted to acknowledge this event on my blog for her. But I didn’t know her name, only her blog name. So I went to her blog website, did less than two minutes of research and found her about page in which she introduced herself by her name. When I wrote that happy birthday message on my blog, I addressed her by her name (since it’s there on the internet – I would not name someone by their name if they themselves did not advertise their name themselves).

Pretty simple, no?

I find it presumptuous of some of these marketing agencies who decide on a whim that someone who writes a story-telling blog wants to improve their blog. Do they realize I don’t monetize mine? I don’t know if Two Rocks Chronicles monetizes, but my guess is not. And I can pretty much assure you that neither I nor Two Rocks Chronicles will be paying Leigh any money for SEO marketing…

Point is, I get these types of emails on occasion, and although some of them are written more professionally (and less presumptuously) than others, most of them don’t warrant a response.

However. I am in a mood, which is why I sent back a snarky response. (sorry not sorry) πŸ˜€

There is a related story happening on my other blog, the pseudonym one. I had written some steamy stories over there and over time received quite a few unsolicited emails in my inbox. Because of the nature of the topics I wrote about, I suddenly found myself being offered a selection of free sex toys. Only condition was I had to write a review, either on my blog or on one of their pages.

Hah… πŸ™„

I could tell you stories about some of these emails, but I’ll save those for another time… πŸ˜‰

What else is new?

I am starting dog walking again. Remember Nessie? I’m going to start with her next week. I’ve also been approached about a 6-month old Shepherd puppy…

With the sun out strong and bright, the timing is perfect to get back into dog walking.

Happy Hump Day. See you in the comments.

23 thoughts on “Unsolicited irksome blogging advice

  1. well i’m here to just let you know that i stopped by and did read through the comments after reading your post. you did well to share your feelings on the email and yes i do get a lot of that plus many more that are not so decent. my response is to quickly trash them and delete all my spam forever. there’s so much nasty stuff that gets into my inbox daily that its going to be a sheer waste of time and enthusiasm to go after them individually.

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      1. Yes they have because I now choose to ignore them and as such most of these go into the spam folder by default. you take care. be well. keep writing and maybe we can collab someday on something worthwhile needing mroe hands and heads than one.

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  2. WordPress (or Automattic… take your pick) have definitely thrown some kind of switch recently – or perhaps some sort of tipping point has happened, where the marketers have taken over the asylum. It’s half the reason I have been investigating other options for my efforts to pollute the internet πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes Jonathan, for some reason, I follow you all over the internet… πŸ˜€ But, in my defense, I am much smarter about these things than I would be if I didn’t know you or read your illuminating posts about all things internet hah. πŸ™‚

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  3. I had to do research on your blog tooπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ When I posted the chalk pictures, I thought I remembered seeing your name, but I wanted to be sure.

    It always cracks me up when people refer to me as “KBG” it makes me feel like a Russian bad guy🀣🀣🀣

    I’m still trying to figure out why the algorithms think I’m a stoner, fat guy with E.D.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ All the emails I get for CBD, keto diets, and viagra type meds…πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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  4. Yay on the doggies! It will be so good to just get out and move and exist like a real human. We are just under 60 degrees today, it’s gorgeous and my attitude has improved 100 times over.

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  5. Hey, that’s me! And I double thanks the individual above for the detective work. Otherwise, I’d have been scratching my head at this one. And thank you for filtering my spam. I’ve seen this kind of pitch before–they encourage you to use designated keywords, so as to be spidered into recognition. Alas, the suggested magic keywords had nothing (and I emphasize, NOTHING) to do with the content of my blogs. So it encourages a pattern of fraudulent promotion. It may bring more traffic, but it’ll be a scourge of disappointed readers, angry that they didn’t get what they expected. No thank you. As Popeye said, “I yam what I yam.”

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  6. I like detectiving, so I hunted this down. You left your email address in the comments on the page two-rock-chronicles [dot] com [slash] about. Probably a bot picked that up and treated it as the email for that site. I always leave my email in comments in the format me [at] me [dot] me. I think more sophisticated bots can still pick that up, but I think it cuts down at least somewhat on the automated spam.

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