My First Troll in a while… I think
*image copyright: Dreamworks from the movie Trolls*
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten any sort of troll like comment or email response.
I can’t say that I’ve been ‘waiting’ for this, but I had a feeling it would come eventually. When you remove emotions from things you can often boil it down to a numbers game.
I have X amount of subscribers, I’m getting some great feedback on my daily emails so I was bound to get some negative response or message (outside of the ‘unsubscribe’, because I don’t view that as negative. Simply part of online marketing).
Before I share the weird message (I say weird because when you read it you’ll see that it doesn’t make sense… I think I know what he was trying to say but that’s not what he wrote), I have a smidge of a rant.
I talk about this on the podcast for tomorrow because this topic is coming up a lot lately.
Remember my story last week about the person who wanted a ‘credit’ for the hours she didn’t use?
Well, when I said “no, that wasn’t going to work”, here was part of the response I received:
“I’m quite surprised you did not think my request fair given all the extra $$ I’ve paid every month for years. Oh well.”
I haven’t responded yet.
I’ve got this little battle going on inside… respond with a simple “O.K.” (my ego is fighting this tooth & nail), or come up with a Ben Settle-like response but in my own words (Life’s not fair pumpkin… you not using what you paid for is your responsibility, not mine).
I doubt I’ll respond with that (if this person was a complete stranger I would go that route).
Here’s the irony with this individual…
They create websites for the spiritual community (also their angle with their own business).
I do think I will reply, but not until I know it’s coming from the right place.
There’s a fine line between stating a fact and then getting into a snarky email exchange that will just get under my skin.
So…. my rant…
Actually, let’s change that from a rant to a simple statement:
“Learning to accept responsibility for everything in your life is a game changer.”
Which is what brings me to my weird email.
My sort of troll…
I say sort of because he wasn’t nasty, but this idea that some telling me “I’ll unsubscribe” is going to make me change how I do things? Silly.
Scroll yourself on down to the bottom of the email and simply unsubscribe.
Why do people get so bent out of shape about this?
O.K., here’s the email:
What does that even mean?
I assume he meant to say “Same with this – if I don’t want these I will unsubscribe” …
Which he doesn’t have to worry about, I unsubscribed him.
How is it people forget they chose to opt-in?
I completely get that the direction I’m going in may not be why people originally subscribed. I don’t write about Genesis anymore, I enjoy the marketing side of WordPress more than the code side (O.K…. I never really enjoyed the code side) and that might not be for everyone.
This daily email thing isn’t going to be something that everyone wants. No problem.
What I can tell you is that daily writing works.
The fact that I’ve been able to go from maybe sending a couple emails a month to creating something new everyday… blows my mind.
I’m working on a post about what this has done for my site, my business and me (personally). Coming up with what to write about used to be hard.
One thing I’ve said over and over to people who feel stuck about what to write about is to simply share their journey.
What you’re working on, the client projects, the tools you use, the challenges and wins in your business… you get it.
But you can still get stuck.
I get that.
Which is why I’m sharing my friend Christine’s Biz Soul Sessions with you today.
How much easier would it be to create /write if you received a writing prompt in your inbox?
All it takes is 10 minutes a day.
You’ve heard me say over and over again (at least on the podcast), that the easiest way to differentiate yourself online is to simply BE YOURSELF!
Christine will help you do that!