You know how it is. We all have these bad habits, things we wish we didn’t do but somehow when it comes to it we do them anyway. A voice inside says, You know you’re going to regret this, but another voice says Aw, go on, how bad can it be? So you do the thing.
I’ve had one of those days today. A blog post over on Beetleypete was talking about the number of spam messages it received: 300 a day. Yikes! Having read it I headed back here to check how many there were in my spam folder. None! That was surprising: I didn’t know whether to be pleased or insulted that no spammers had thought it worth their while to contact me. Incidentally I get plenty on my email, the latest of which tried to persuade me that my LinkedIn account was in danger of being closed down unless I etc etc etc. Use my username then! Don’t just call me ‘dear LinkedIn user!’ Anyway, having been deprived of the tiny little frisson of checking out what idiotic messages were in my spam folder, I turned to the trash and immediately wished I hadn’t as lots of contributions from my last troll were still lurking in there.
As I say, it’s been one of those days: this morning I put a couple of items on freecycle and instead of waiting a while and then selecting, I replied to the first one who could be bothered to write a proper email (ie instead of can I have pls). Alas! Though this person said they could collect early afternoon I haven’t heard a dicky bird from them since.
On the plus side I went to the Outwoods today, which was lovely.
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If it’s any consolation, [sshh: don’t tell a soul!] I also have no spam [ruddy Vikings]. I’m quite happy to accept this at face value; spam emails are the bane of my life, but it’s only a matter of a few seconds to scan through to check nothing legit slipped through, then mark them all as read & dump. I’ve also unsubscribed from a lot of campaigning sites which regularly sent me email, as it was taking far too long to read through them all: I do like to clear the decks by mid-morning, if possible, to give me headspace for some other cerebral activity.
In other [not entirely unrelated] news, I might be up for a “Top Writing Blog award”, but I need to check the site out first, to make sure it isn’t some sort of scam. Sad to have to be so cautious, but that’s modern life…… Cheers, Jon.
Good for you! Hope it’s a genuine award
It looks like it: check out my dangerously immodest blog post trumpeting it to the world of my readers 😉 https://wilfredbooks.wordpress.com/2021/11/19/recognition/
I only ever had one troll. He came over from another site in America after trolling my comments there, then tried to add his nonsense to my blog. He is an American Zionist zealot who writes half-page comments supporting Israel using quotes from The Bible. I refused to approve or engage with any of them, and he eventually went away.
Best wishes, Pete.
Good tactic. Wish I’d done the same