You’ve all seen and heard about how some people can get a little nasty on social media….It’s been a trying few days here.
Kelli and were asked to “take over” All People Quilts Instagram page for the weekend….it was fun. We posted a few pictures and tried to make things interactive.
I showed off what I was working on…..
I added this picture….
I asked if anyone was saving a old magazine and wanted to make one of the quilts in it. This is the magazine I’ve been saving and the quilt I want to make.
Then I posted the picture below and asked it people machine bound or hand bound their quilts.
Someone answered this:
- Please tell me with all the thread colors out there why someone would want white on this dark quilt?#neveronmyquilt
I might myself be curios as why there was white thread…but I would assume the person knew what they were doing and I certainly would have enough manners not to say anything like that. Oh my.
So here’s the quilt…..tell me please, wasn’t white appropriate?? I debated for a bit but really seeing the quilt and how the white looked, I personally love it!
Too many people take a snippet and think that’s all there is. If looking at the picture of me binding the quilt, that tiny snippet does make it seem like a “dark” quilt…. I wish people would realize the pictures and only SNIPPETS of a big picture.
For example we took about 10 pictures to get that picture of Carver on the quilt. The dogs were running around. We’d snap a picture and there would be a dog butt in the way. Carver wouldn’t look at the camera. Two people were behind me trying to get his attention. Kalissa was making Sunday Breakfast Brunch…we were all wondering if we should eat without Hubby as he wasn’t coming. Kalissa was checking the baking powder biscuits in the oven. This was a tiny SNIPPET of our Sunday morning.
I’m growing a thicker skin but sometimes this stuff does sour me. I want to be Thumper from the Disney Bambi movie and scream “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
This certainly doesn’t apply to the people who told me I had blocks on my quilt twisted…yes, I did repair them all. I double and triple checked….those comments I LOVE!! They SAVED me in the end.
Another issue has come up in the past month. About Christmas time I got an email from a reader’s husband. It read…“This is a courtesy notice; do with it what you will.
It’s taken me some time to track down the site that kept contaminating my wife’s Android tablet with malware. This will be the 4th time I’ve had to wipe the browser clean, deleting all history, links, bookmarks, etc. She will not be following your blog or site in the future.
FWIW, the malware doesn’t show up when I visit the site with a desktop browser, but they are heavily protected on my machines.
But, I was able to verify in Google’s tracking that each episode occurred IMMEDIATELY after she visited your website / blog. I’m not going to do any further testing; I don’t have time, and besides I learned years ago that most site operators respond with irritation to such notifications.
I will caution you; if Google’s Safe Site scanners find the malware before you remove it, you are likely to have abysmal Google search placement for MONTHS afterwards.”
I talked with Kayla and she said she would check with WordPress and Blogher which she did. She decided it might be best to update the blog. That’s when the new layout came to be. We updated the ads and thought we had everything in place.
I didn’t respond to the guy. Now a few weeks later I get an even nastier note from him.
“My wife snuck behind my back, and visited your site again. As a result, I had to spend a couple of hours cleaning her tablet, and then restoring her bookmarks, etc.
I’ve told her that if she visits your site again, I won’t clean her tablet for a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, since you did nothing with the warning I sent a several weeks ago, I have begun reporting your website to various scanners for malware infected websites. If they detect the script that attacked her tablet, your site will be blocked by many browsers, and will be downgraded in Google search results.”
Well I know little to nothing about this so I contacted my computer guy. I thought we had doen what we could. I took his problem seriously. My guy does Internet/Computer work for a large company in Cedar Rapids and deals with this kind of stuff all the time. I totally trust him and he’s never did anything I don’t think is right.
He assured me that it’s not on my end. He said, “That “malware” is a canned message that hijacks a browser. I most commonly see the issues he is expressing when the device isn’t properly wiped. It uses a rootkit type of infection to keep coming back and can be hard to remove.”
With that, I’m done with addressing his concerns.
There is so much that happens behind the scenes for bloggers. Dealing with this stuff is no fun. But beyond the emails from this guy I am more worried for the wife. This guy sounds like a jerk who isn’t treating her kindly. I actually am honestly worried for her. Ben’s wife, if you are reading this and need help, please contact me. I will do what I can to help you. I am serious about this.
To fix all this “stuff” that really isn’t my problem has cost $200. It’s okay…it was likely time to do a little overhaul on the blog. It needs a little sprucing up from time to time. The accusatory emails that are mean spirited, I can live without. Blaming me for their problems, I can live without. I wish people would realize a lot more can be done with a polite, “Hey I think there’s something you might want to know…” type emails. Those, I welcome…threats, not so much.
Don’t worry…I’m here and staying here. I know that 99% of you reading the blog would never say or do anything mean spirited. I feel bad that there are such unhappy people out there that try to drag the rest of us down. I’m not letting a couple people with bad manners get to me. I’m just adding another layer to my thickening skin.