I’m not insensitive. I realize that it’s entirely possible for otherwise respectable folks to be driven to unwise “career” decisions… especially during tough economic times when the alternatives could very well be hunger, homelessness and hopelessness.
The big question…
Could that explain away the highly questionable words and deeds of one particular WordPress businessman / blogger?
Here’s what’s been happening…
I first became aware of him about a year ago when he became a follower of mine (even though he wasn’t particularly interested in my blog content). Upon paying his site a visit, I soon discovered his actual intentions.
He appeared to be suffering from an ocular malady. Symptomatology: neon green dollar signs flashing excessively in both eyes. Hell, his twin orbs were akin to dual stroboscopic lamps that’d be detectable even by ETs cruising in flying saucers beyond Pluto’s orbit.
Let’s now trade off lame attempts at levity for the more serious particulars.
That guy shamelessly fancies himself to be some sort of walk on water, miracle worker… God’s gift to blogosphere neophytes (such as yours truly). I’ll use my own words to capture the gist… the offensiveness… of his sales-pitch…
Cough up $100 and I’ll reblog a key portion of one of your posts. Once read by my followers… numbering in the zillions… they’ll be so WOWED they’ll come a’swarming at ya like virtual green bottle flies ISO a virtual dung heap.
His scheme (or is it a scam?) to scare up some Internet generated income demonstrated an overt slickness and underlying sickness… all pointing towards a deeper issue worthy of a closer look.
In effect, he was planting the seeds of discontent within his targeted potential customers (or is that suckers?) for the express purpose of selling followers.
While this is human trafficking in its mildest form… nonetheless… trafficking is trafficking.
Humans reduced to lowly, commodity status. One has to wonder if they’ve been willing participants who are receiving “a piece of the action” from their owner? Or have they been totally unaware of his MO / low opinion of them?
Needless to say I showed him the door to my site by removing him from my list of followers. Oh… that’s not to say he readily accepted that. In fact I had to twice show him my exit signs before he finally got my message. FULL DISCLOSURE…
I have fully accepted my Interwebs insignificance. That’s not to say that I’ve totally given up in my attempts to remedy this. But DAMN IT, I’ll be doing so in a manner that’s respectful towards my followers / potential followers. If my site flourishes? Fine! If not? It won’t be the end of the world!
Digging a bit deeper into my blogging philosophy, I do wholeheartedly believe that a post’s quality speaks for itself and that word of mouth will do the rest. In other words, if I’m not attracting readers today, then it is incumbent upon me, ALONE, to  find more appealing topics tomorrow and  better communicate my thoughts in a more captivating manner.
So… why the hell have I opted to rehash this issue? Because…
 This same dude recently paid me another visit… tried his damnedest… once more… to reassert his unwelcome presence… to force me to buy into his “you are a failure message”… to thin out my already thin wallet.
 I want to publicly go on record that my values are NOT corruptible. I have not changed one iota these past twelve months… and never will.
On a more positive note… maybe actual green bottle flies are swarming to his dung heap site?
Seeing how he did need to return… to announce his limited time offer where he’s halving his $100 fee… one can only hope that flesh peddler’s sales-pitich is falling on deaf ears… that Mr. Walk On Water’s feet are getting wet.