The Ramblings of a Somewhat Unstable Mind

My wait is finally over!  Not only do i get my first hate mail (not as a comment, but left on G+ – not the same but just as good!), but the LinkedIn group that I started, which was once rather successful, and is now steadily growing again with the help of my online friends (and many more who should be joining soon through Social Oomph and Helium.com) was also targeted nastily, which I take very personally!

 

Now, I do ask my faithful followers and my great new friends from my group on LinkedIn (Doreen, Christy, Nigel, etc) to please at least read the last 2 sentences of the note (highlighted in blue, below).

 

In my very first hate mail (and it was a hard job! A long time coming too!), I am told that i am a spammer and a page view hog.  I also tweet and make G+ comments for my group members and some other followers *(as well as the sender of this hate mail) that are misleading and tag stuffing (is that anything like turkey stuffing? Yum!).  I am a

 

  I happen to know all that, Marc. So your “Uh, i only take prescribed medication for cancer and other ailments that i have…” right after your “I am not Michael Mozart” comment is just enough. I had mistakenly thought we were casual friends. I had not realized my sole purpose was to be a statistic in your hit counter.

You asked the other day if you were doing something wrong. The short answer is yes. You are a spammer. The article I told you was bait and switch is just as much a click magnet as the “I do, too!” post. Rather than offering legitimate information, you are sticking your tongue out at those who would click. I told you this a while back with your tag stuffing.

It is a social media tactic which gets people the world over unfriended. They bait people onto their statuses with cryptic or misleading claims only to get people to interact with their pages. Like the person who constantly puts up as a status, “Oh, what a horrible day,” begging the unsuspecting or the legitimate friends to engage them in conversation.

To be quite frank, if I wanted to open a blogging and social media school, I probably could. Problem is, I do not want that as a profession. I only consult for paying clients, as I have enough work of my own to do. It is a large part of the reason I abandoned the group on LinkedIn. I do not have the time to commit to giving free advice to people who are and have been using platforms without reading the instructions and the hosted advice about getting their blogs to perform.

I have made a large effort to slow the number of notifications my friends get as to my content. The ones who want it subscribe directly to me or to the RSS feed.

Here, I frequently share more things which I did not create in order to harness the driving force behind the G+ platform. The majority of my posts are public and not sent to anyone at all. This is the truest effort of someone who never wants to be listed as a spammer, and a large dose of following the advice I give to everyone who pays me.very bad person who has no idea how to use social media – duh!  I’ve been openly stating that for a while now!  I have been at this for almost 4 months now, and the sender of this note for years…

This note was in response to one i sent asking what I did wrong, and why i was being compared to someone else who blogged about something that I work at a compassionate society for.

The following is the note left on G+ to me.  Now, I will not name the originator, and I do welcome them (the non-sexual term so as not to expose her) to respond via a comment (no moderation here!) to any misinformation or missing information that they may deem necessary to this post’s being true, complete and honest, which I strive for in most of my posts (well, the serious ones anyways – some people just have no sense of humor)…

Now, listen here young man!

  I happen to know all that, Marc. So your “Uh, i only take prescribed medication for cancer and other ailments that i have…” right after your “I am not Michael Mozart” comment is just enough. I had mistakenly thought we were casual friends. I had not realized my sole purpose was to be a statistic in your hit counter.

You asked the other day if you were doing something wrong. The short answer is yes. You are a spammer. The article I told you was bait and switch is just as much a click magnet as the “I do, too!” post. Rather than offering legitimate information, you are sticking your tongue out at those who would click. I told you this a while back with your tag stuffing. 

It is a social media tactic which gets people the world over unfriended. They bait people onto their statuses with cryptic or misleading claims only to get people to interact with their pages. Like the person who constantly puts up as a status, “Oh, what a horrible day,” begging the unsuspecting or the legitimate friends to engage them in conversation.

To be quite frank, if I wanted to open a blogging and social media school, I probably could. Problem is, I do not want that as a profession. I only consult for paying clients, as I have enough work of my own to do. It is a large part of the reason I abandoned the group on LinkedIn. I do not have the time to commit to giving free advice to people who are and have been using platforms without reading the instructions and the hosted advice about getting their blogs to perform.

I have made a large effort to slow the number of notifications my friends get as to my content. The ones who want it subscribe directly to me or to the RSS feed. 

Here, I frequently share more things which I did not create in order to harness the driving force behind the G+ platform. The majority of my posts are public and not sent to anyone at all. This is the truest effort of someone who never wants to be listed as a spammer, and a large dose of following the advice I give to everyone who pays me.”

Now, I am not one to pay someone to give me some tips or help of any kind;  if they don’t have time for me then that’s fine, but there is absolutely no need to talk down to me or my group members.
Now, to all of my LinkedIn group members, please take heart.  This person is more than willing to offer tips to you in exchange for cold, hard cash.

I don't feel sad... but frustrated and rather peeved - take it out on me, not my group members!

And to the originator of this note – leaving it open on the social networking site, you have labelled me as a spammer and a page view hog.  You may be popular and have a good following, and now be sponsored to blog your laptop off, but leaving that note there for all to see is only done so to get people to stay away from me.

 

*note to the originator…

If you had a shred of decency you would take my name off of that  drivel  comment.

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Comments on: "My First Hate Mail! Yet, it includes my LinkedIn Group Members!" (12)

  1. WOW those are some really challenging words – I suppose this person is using G+ for some “greater purpose” — time to come down off the high horse before she drowns 😉

  2. Well “she” is certainly not too busy being paid for her work to keep her from leaving you such a loooong comment! And a public comment on G+ by the sounds of it. While I know that you were looking for “hate” mail Marc I am sad that you were sent such a comment; you are a great person who helps so many writers such as myself. You keep at it Marc and don’t let this comment keep you from it!

    • Meh! I wouldn’t let this comment, especially considering the source, bother me in any way. What bothers me is people who let their success go to their heads and the piss on the people who helped them get there. (that was only an excerpt from one of the G+ notes left for me – my other problem is that these notes are posted publicly for all to see… and therefore cause a loss of readers to me!)

  3. Marc…
    I was initially going to congratulate you on receiving the hate-mail because I know you were aiming to get one. However, the general tone of this persons response was in such a smug “I am the ultimate gift to mankind” (at least online) manner that I am inclined to wait on a more “fun” hate-mail.
    I hope that you can counter the whole spammer label and continue to get new readers (seems unlikely that people who read your writings would stop doing so due to this comment).
    Whichever level of “greatness” this person feels like they have reached, the rapid descent (especially if this attitude is kept up) seems to be the outcome foreseeable in the horizon. I fail to understand what kind of bitterness intoxicates a person to the point they feel to send hate-mail…
    Keep up the good work and the readers will remain put (and more will come).

    • Thanks for the visit and the encouraging words, Anaherahz! Yeah, I don’t think i am too worried about losing views or comments to the originator, and it wasn’t a comment but a note on a social networking site, which makes it worse in my opinion. My real problem was them stating that they left the social networking groups which helped them to get sponsored in the first place, because they prefer to be paid for tips and helpful hints that they may have offered before, and regretted giving any away…

      • I see… Well I can certainly understand that you would have a problem with that. I respect peoples right to earn a living doing things they are good at. However, it is a shame when somebody regrets “giving” help for “free”. Value can be measured in so many ways. But hey we are all entitled to differing opinions, right?

        • true, but this person was one of the first members of that social networking group i mentioned in the post, and we all promoted their content extensively, using the same witty retorts they now rail against…

    • Yeah, the sixties were a bitch, eh!

      Just read the post, blue text inside parentheses is a cut and paste from a note on a social networking site said about me, and a group i started in LinkedIn that helps bloggers – this is not really hate mail per se, but close enough to be my first, and i wrote about questioning the existence of God just looking for some hate mail, and none came, just positive comments!

      Thanks for the visit, dance…

  4. From reading this Marc I don’t know that I would view this as hate mail, more along the lines of private communication between two people who know each other. I think maybe the other person was trying to provide you some insight or personal observation, maybe assistance based on their own experience. Perhaps you have simply taken it wrong or even over reacted to their communications. Obviously you know each other since this was done via private e-mail rather than in a public forum.

    • Actually, Valentine, as I said in the post, it was on a social networking site, and it was open for all to see until about a week after I wrote this.

      What i take most exception to is their stating that they regret giving free tips to the LinkedIn group members (which, ironically, is titled “Writers helping other writers”), and then in the follow-up calling me a liar. If not for those two statements, neither this one nor the follow-up post would have been written.

      But, thanks for the visit, and for the insight, who knows, you may just be right, I could have had my blinders on and not seen their humor through their insults…

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