Please Refer To Me As Blog Whore… Or Doris

8 Dec

I don’t really like to get into slanging matches with people who can’t say nice things but every now and again you have to put an answer to something.

So this morning I read an interesting (let’s use that for want of a better word) post on ‘British Blog Whores’ naming me and the delightful writer who actually guest posted for me yesterday. It said how between us we liked a lot of WordPress posts, and how we probably never read them, didn’t have anything interesting to say, and in the politest terms, should didgeree do on. He was ‘a tired writer’ and I was ‘bangable…..mundane life…boring’.

Its funny, this image popped into my head when I read it…

I thank you!

I’m sad to say though that I think he has got the wrong impression, I don’t have balloon boobs or bleach blonde hair, and I can’t do bubble gum because it ends up exploding in my face.  I do think I could really rock the white trash look though. Just sayin.

The very fact that both of us read the post within the hour of it being posted was firstly testament to the fact that we are out there, reading blogs. We might not have anything that we feel is relevant to say to them, but in that case adding a like is at least showing that you, well, enjoyed it? When you hold down a full time job (in Jowett’s case, mooching around with a band) a busy (however mundane to those in their ivory towers!) lifestyle and lots of other metaphorical juggling balls, it’s hard to comment on everything you read. If I pass someone in the street I don’t always say hello, but I always flash them a little glimpse of my pearly whites, it’s an acknowledgement, right? Doesn’t mean we aren’t reading it, people!

I have made some great friends blogging, and I wouldn’t have got this way by not reading your posts. I would like to make a confession though; my life is mundane. I’ve been lying to you and I’m actually a ninety year old lady that sits in my house all day. I have thirty five cats that I nickname my babies, although I ran out of names pretty early on and had to start using ‘celebrities’. Pol Pot is currently chasing a bird in the garden and Bin Laden is watching the postman.  I write about things that I would like to happen should I leave the house and if I could go back to my youth; sure it might not be interesting for a people hater in America, but it’s definitely more interesting that my existence…. I sometimes think my plants actually talk back to me, but I think I’m being wishful. On a Tuesday Jowett and I get the bus to the hospital to get his blood pressure checked (we have biddie passes so it’s free), and on a Thursday we do Bingo. He’s always had a fantastic imagination, dreaming of another life where he COULD be touring with a band and seventy years younger.  I did shout over to him to give me some sort of quote that I could slide into this post to make it a bit more topical, but he was snoozing. I think we need to replace the battery in his hearing aid if I’m honest.

This is an accurate artist impression. Call it an E fit if you will

Jokes aside, I’m not going to defend my or Jowett’s writing or liking of other blogs. A blog is only as successful or interesting as the people who read it, so you guys show testament to that. I write for a career goddamit, and people pay me to do so, so I can’t be that bad! But now seems to be a good time to say thank you. So thank you to the near sixteen hundred of you who subscribe either here, to I’m On The Bandwagon or both (there are some of you weirdos lurking out there), a similar amount on Twitter and a great following on Facebook. So as I have said before, as long as you lovely people keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them. Incidentally we are not a joint effort and have nothing to do with each other, only in as much that we are now friends off the blog. He lives at one end of the country and me the other, and our blogs are in no way linked.

* Sorry if this post is a little exciting and therefore a bit of a surprise. Mundane banality will resume shortly. Sorry for the disruption 😉

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50 Responses to “Please Refer To Me As Blog Whore… Or Doris”

  1. Jason December 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    You’re 90 too?

  2. Beth Ann December 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Obviously you have something to say that people like to read. Me, included! Just say ‘bugger off” to em and keep on entertaining us. Oh, and by the way, I think a couple of your cats may be loose. You had better go check on Fluffy and Rover…

  3. An Observant Mind December 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    They’re always around aren’t they? My teenage friend taught me the phrase “Haters gonna hate” and that pretty much sums it up.

    I had a guy write om my blog that all Australians judged people unfairly based on race. A hilarious notion given that he just judged me unfairly based on race! Had me laughing all day.

    Regardless, they are always out there and will get their 15 minutes of fame by mentioning other more popular and interesting bloggers – and then they will be seen for what they are.

    Tis’ the season, for the jolly and the bitter – they all come out at this time of year!

  4. LittleMissVix December 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I liked this. I had to 🙂 Seriosuly you don’t need to defend yourself, your reader numbers speak for themselves. Keep going!!

  5. bdewayne December 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I just learned a new word, troll.Some people are incapable of building a life so they have to try to knock down someone else’s.I would image your picture of the louse is probably more accurate than you would like to believe.I would bet a pack of cat treats he still lives in mommy’s basement;and his biggest “accomplishment”is sitting in a drum circle in New York.Don’t sweat the small stuff girl friend ;just keep on doin’ what your doin’.

    • tinkerbelle86 December 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      haha Im really not. we both liked it, to be ironic, and some imbecile has commented ‘hahah they liked this too’ brilliant!! It just makes me laugh how he invites us to comment and then when we do, doesnt approve them. Genius!! 😀

      • bdewayne December 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

        Delicious;an intrepid hater with no cojones.

  6. prenin December 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Assholes are assholes and full of shit to boot – don’t let him get you down, the only time he ever had sex he had to pay for it! 🙂

    That is if he ever got that far…. 😉

    Love and squishy hugs!

    Prenin.

  7. becomingcliche December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    How funny that someone is paying attention to how many blogs you like. You are now famous and have your own stalker! Congratulations!

    • tinkerbelle86 December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      As long as it’s only stalking and not murder-y 🙂

  8. Nick December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Like this a lot, well said & well written 🙂

  9. visitingmissouri December 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I didn’t read any of it, but I comment on most of your posts, so yeah…

  10. susielindau December 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    A friend of mine on another blog site, Open Salon, was accused of not reading posts as well and she quit the site. There are always those (trolls) out there that are quick to judge.

    It’s funny though because on that site Blog whoring means you send out a private message to everyone that you have posted since there is no way to subscribe. So he isn’t using the term the correct way!! Hahaha!

  11. meredith December 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Charming girl, you embody whimsy and delight. Good for you to create such a delightful reply. It started my morning off with a lot of giggling and affirming that some people just can’t handle faerie delight. Too bad, isn’t it?

    From another part of the Enchanted Word, ‘

    ~meredith~

  12. Gretchen O'Donnell December 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Being written about at all I’d call a success!!!! Wa hoo!

  13. aFrankAngle December 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Well said & I’m sure you feel a bit better. Meanwhile, thank you Doris for admitting your age.

  14. Leanne T December 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I guess it takes all kinds. I prefer to subscribe to the adage that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you don’t like someone’s blog, don’t read it. A lot of us put our heart and soul into our blogs, so please don’t stomp all over them. Just pass on by and read something else.

  15. Marvin the Martian December 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I like “Doris.” And anyone who can actually make a living at writing is pretty impressive in my book. I make a good living at it, but I write stuff that almost no one will read.

    I’m thinking of numbering my cats. Numbers are easier. On “The Big Bang Theory” (comedy show on… NBC?) the character of Sheldon got a bunch of cats and named them all for scientists on The Manhattan Project. I thought that was hilarious.

  16. ceciliag December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Brilliant, rock on, did you tell The Whiner thank you! After all press is good press! (s’cuse the pun).. c

  17. plummymummy December 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    There are some weird people out there. I keep getting one saying that my posts are shite and that he knows I can do better. But on the other hand, I have people, like you, who like my posts (I’m choosing to believe you read them) and in return I’ve become a fan of your rather kooky style of writing. As for the whiners, the haters, the destructive criticisers, the arses who have nowt better to do, sod them, sod them all to a world where a “dislike” button on their own meagre offerings would have long worn out.

  18. phabulousness December 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Had you not “liked” my blog, I’d have never discovered you. So even if you didn’t read my posts, I couldn’t care less! Screw that dude and keep filling my inbox with amusement!

    …And why do you think I never show my face on http://www.phoodfotos.com? Because I’m a 90 year old lady with cats, too… obviously.

  19. nelle December 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Criticising another blogger in a post is rather classless and uncouth. If one has a problem with a given poster, don’t read their posts, move along. Debating ideas, policy, and such is one thing, but attacking individuals…

    if I read such a post, I’d not be back to that blog.

  20. observingthescene December 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I very much enjoyed this post. It reminded me of an explanation that I have used that helped me get rid of my shyness. It involves “playing a role,” wherein I imagine donning a unique identify which differs totally from my own, including an imaginary suit that zips up the front, and has much more confidence and intelligence than I have (which is considerable in its own right1) This enables me to walk among the other unwashed with total confidence and enviable performance. I like your style of presenting this. Keep up the good work,.

  21. BROOKEandMCKENZIE December 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    We get as excited about getting “Likes” as we do with comments.
    Any acknowledgment is appreciated really.

    Well said!

    brookeandmckenzie.wordpress.com

  22. nicole December 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    i’d quite love to be named as a British Blog Whore! 😉
    congratulations.
    xxx

  23. life is a bowl of kibble December 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    This was good and I love On the Bandwagon too.

  24. What Happens After Five December 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Personally, I’m thrilled that you Liked my blog post! Thanks for stopping by – I hope you’ll keep reading!

  25. Heather Christena Schmidt December 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    What kind of a person writes publicly that another blogger is “bangable…” I love your blog and I also love when you “like’ one of my posts. It *actually* shows that someone *actually* made their way to my page.

    • tinkerbelle86 December 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      It is a shame though, the irony is that i actually quite like the guys writing!

  26. thesilentsoul December 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Just so you know, I liked this because I actually read it…crazy I know!! 😉
    I like “liking” things. Sometimes I don’t have anything specific to say but it’s nice to show you read and appreciated a post surely. 🙂

  27. gojulesgo December 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Wow, first of all, someone (this guy) has nothing better to do than blog negatively (and falsely!!) about other bloggers…and BY NAME?! Who does that?!

    And he’s in the U.S., you say? Do I need to make a house call???

    I’m glad you’ve kept your sense of humor in reacting to this – you have everything going for you, girl!!! 🙂

    • tinkerbelle86 December 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      pfft you guys and your house calls. here in the UK we could actually do that. it takes you three days by car to get to the shop 🙂 He certainly doesnt deserve a slap band, and i bet he doesnt have a side pony!

  28. Joy December 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Crazy! It made me want to click your like button twice, though. Doh…

  29. lifeintheboomerlane December 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    It’s sad that he has nothing better to do than that. On the other hand, maybe it will drive lots of people to your blog and secure more adoring fans for you.

  30. Chris Sheridan December 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    WTF!!! Anybody who calls someone a blog whore for frequently pressing the like button is seriously fucked in the head! What a major A-Hole!!!

  31. barkinginthedark December 9, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    an intelligent, thoughtful response to a jerk. continue…

  32. GingerSnaap December 9, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    So, technically speaking, since I ‘Liked’ this post, I am now a Blog Whore. I’ve never been a Blog Whore before, but I think I kinda like it ;o)

  33. J.C.V. December 9, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    I love your blog! I love that you likes my posts, it is motivation. Keep up the writing and keep spreading the likes. 🙂

  34. The Byronic Man December 9, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    I was going to click the “like” button, but now I’m not so sure.

    Envy, perhaps, of your prolificness and blog-popularity? Manifesting in an ugly way?

  35. disseminatedthought December 9, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    I just read his rant. Worst. Post. Ever. Someone doesn’t play well with the other children.

  36. rastelly December 9, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    I often frequent blogs with
    hundreds of comment’s
    like these. “Cool Post”
    “Liked it.”
    “Good job.”
    Fortunately I never
    get these. I’m sure
    the like button was
    invented to prevent
    these. I’m sure we
    all appriciate it.

    signed – an
    American blog
    Whore. 😉

  37. Domestic Goddess in Training December 9, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    That is terrible! They are just jealous. You both have huge followings and that is because you are both funny and are good writers. You take time to network and support your blogging friends. Shame on that blog.

  38. redjim99 December 9, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    I was just going to like this but got worried, so commented instead. Maybe I like it too, have fun with it all though. I agree with you, reading then likeing is a way of saying, keep going someone is reading and enjoying.

    Jim

  39. the benevolent couch potato December 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Best. Blog. Ever.

  40. Team Oyeniyi December 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I don’t think you need to defend yourself either.

    Perhaps the man criticising you would prefer my writing? Hardly “mundane”, surely? Has he popped by to try? 😆

    Personally, it sounds like stalking to to me – what did the writer do – follow you around the web to see what you had and hadn’t liked? Sheeeeeeeeesh

  41. elroyjones December 10, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    It makes me happy to see your Gravatar and know you “liked” something I wrote. That guy is a creeper and a hater, bad combination.

    Oh, one more thing- I grin if I have “liked” something that you have “liked” too.

    He needs to get over his bad ass self.

  42. The Coffee Table Years December 11, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Well, I’m glad we stumbled across each other in the blogosphere. I have no idea how you actually found my blog in the hidden world of wordpress – so you must be out there reading lots of people’s virtual diaries. It’s very hard to make a decent living from writing, so I commend you for all the effort you are making and for inspiring others to keep writing. Good luck!

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