Holy Spam, Batman… and other things

So, I hadn’t checked the dashboard for this blog in a few days. Logged in just now — to announce something completely different — and saw 100 spam messages in the spam box.

For this blog, that’s a lot. 2-3 spam comments a day is about normal. But a hundred… ouch. So if there was a genuine comment amid the endless exhortations to log on to porn sites, I didn’t see them. Sorry! Too busy checking out pron, dontcha know.

And now for something completely different.

For reasons best known only to themselves, I’ve been asked to contribute a column to MMORPG.com.

For reasons best known only to the Mi-Go, I accepted.

A couple of hours after I’d accepted, my brain went AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! And has been doing the same for the last couple of days, albeit at a slightly lower, background volume. Me? A column on a proper site for proper readers? (Sorry guys – I know you’re all cardboard cutouts, I just didn’t want to say anything.) They’re going to eat me alive! It’s a shark pool over there!


While my initial goal was just to share the news with the small weird dedicated readership of this blog and assure you it’s not going to stop me posting here — you know, at the huge volume I’ve been putting out in the last couple of months — I am also unashamedly looking for pats on the back. I’m scared spitless! Only real bloggers do big-site column thingies, and I’ve never actually considered myself a real blogger — just a fringe onlooker occasionally making comments on what interests me. And writing to deadlines? Aieeee, that’s going to hurt. I have enough of those in my RL work.

So there you have it. The big-time beckons and I’m certain I’m going to catch my glitzy new high heels on the red carpet and splat my non-raiding ass all over the floor. The journalists will have a field day!

On the other hand, it’s much more likely that nobody will notice. Which, come to think of it, might actually be worse.

I’ll let you know when I have a column name and URL and whatnot. But first I need another Valium or three.


19 thoughts on “Holy Spam, Batman… and other things

  1. Hurray! Go you! And checking out all those pron sites obviously worked for finding the rare adult version of the Upper Class Twit of the Year sketch to get the illustration for this piece, good thing you trimmed it where you did…

  2. Cool bananas!

    I’ve always enjoyed your writing style, so I’m looking forward to seeing your articles in MMORPG.com. Congrats!

  3. If current events in the blogosphere are anything to go by, we should see you working at Turbine within the year!

    Congratulations on the new gig.

    1. Hah not likely. My first ever “real” job was at TSR (UK) so I know all about the seamy underbelly of the gaming world. πŸ˜‰

  4. Congrats, Ysh! Can’t wait to see what you do with the column. Obviously, they like your blog and probably want your style to translate to your column. So don’t go changing anything. Have fun with it!

  5. My heartiest congratulations! I’m sure it’ll go well Ysh. Don’t be stressed; they asked you to do what you’ve already done because they liked what you’ve already done. It’s not like you’re expected to invent a new rocket thruster to propel suborbital flights here. Unless you have one already designed, in which case, cool! πŸ˜‰

  6. I tried to offer congratulations, but the comment filter ate my comment. Let’s see if this one works… congrats! You’re official!

    1. Heh no, I probably deleted your comment in the mass of spam that’s been hitting me these last few days. I’m getting dozens and dozens, all obviously from the same source, and rather than ploughing through them I’m hitting the “Empty spam” button.

      That said, there’s some people this blog likes to spam no matter what I tell it — you’re one of them, I think, and Makkaio is another. You guys clearly have something shady going on! πŸ˜€

      1. Hmm… the question now is… which shady thing is it that the spam filter is discovering? I mean, there are so many options..

  7. I’m a wee bit late seeing this, but woohoo! Grats, Ysh. You’ll do amazing, I know.

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