Polls, Trolls and Dietary Fat

Theif Cartoon SilohuetteThe tragedy in Boston yesterday has left me angry and sad.  I’m so sad for the deaths and injuries suffered by all of those innocent people, and angry at the non-stop media coverage – the sensationalism and constant, pointless speculation, giving this sicko exactly what they wanted out of the whole thing:  attention and validation.  It’s just disgusting.

It’s made me think about my intention to blog about GMOs in response to some comments I got on Facebook last week.  After I posted my Fish Tacos recipe to my Facebook wall, the same person who was “debating” me about GMOs left some very nasty comments about me personally – hilariously, he seems to think I’m some sort of bored, spoiled Mommy Blogger – so I banned him and blocked him from commenting here.

Am I going to give this person any more of my time and respond to his often incomprehensible, hostile arguments?  NOT ON YOUR LIFE.

I appreciate the rational and respectful feedback I got on my little poll, and I do have a great deal to say about the subject.  So I will probably go ahead and do the post about GMOs – and what appears to be a common misconception about those who oppose them – but it won’t be in response to this asshole, who personifies John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.  Just sayin’.

On that note, I recently switched my RSS and email subscription functions here from Feedburner, which seems to have been deprecated by Google, to Feedblitz.  I get a great deal more information, more consistently, than I did with Feedburner, including updates when I have a new subscriber or when someone unsubscribes.  I really like the unsubscribe notices, because Feedblitz asks for a reason.  For the most part, the few unsubsribes haven’t given one, but that doesn’t bother me – I’ve subscribed to blogs in the past only to unsubscribe from them shortly after because it simply wasn’t what I expected or was looking for.

However, yesterday, right on the heels of banning/blocking this one person and reading about what happened in Boston, I got an unsubscribe with a reason that just made my jaw drop.  I’ve had this one very intermittent commenter for about a year; he seemed nice enough.  At least until recently when he began to take me to task just out of the blue, telling me my recipes are horrible, asking me what kind a readership do I attract and insisting that I do them a great disservice – my recipes are just an instant heart attack!  It didn’t take me long to get fed up and I just quietly blocked him from commenting and promptly forgot all about him.

Until yesterday when he unsubscribed from my feed, citing that my blog is “offensive” and that he “strongly disapproves” of me.  I guess he doesn’t like fish tacos any more than he likes fried plantains or breakfast crepes.

What the hell is  WRONG with people?

7 thoughts on “Polls, Trolls and Dietary Fat”

  1. First, I absolutely love, love, love (yep, that’s three “loves”) your blog. Every time I get an update in my inbox for a new recipe or article, it’s like Christmas morning!

    Next, I’m with you on the “what the hell is WRONG with people” question. I often wonder if the majority of our population falls into the “crazy as a loon” bucket. But instead of trying to make sense of “these” people…or wondering what’s fueling the hatefulness that seems to have become commonplace (i.e. social media overload, perhaps?), I find solace in the fact that for every one of “those” people, there are a dozen who are awesome, wholesome folks that appreciate the little things in life…like your awesome blog 😉

    So good riddance to the guy that unsubscribed from your blog. I’ll bet he can be chalked up to falling somewhere been a a complete and utter jack*ss and a crazy loon 😉

    One of your (biggest) blog fans,

  2. There must have been bad “juju” in the air all around yesterday. I’m feeling your confusion. Yesterday a friend posted a funny meme on my wall about Paleo (yes, I’m Paleo). Out of the blue, some troll I don’t even know began blasting me, hitting below the belt, e.g., since I’m a chiropractor, I’m’ not a “real” doctor (can you say Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men? Ouch), had no educational training on nutrition (say what?), that my post-doctoral nutritional training was all a bunch of crap, etc., etc. Geez, all from a funny meme share? Took me a while to figure out how to “unfriend” on Facebook since I’ve never actually had to DO that before.

  3. My question is; whatever happened to, “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all”? Or “treat others like you would like to be treated”?

    I’m baffled.
    I’m a vegetarian – it works for me.
    You’re paleo – it works for you.
    We seem to get along just fine. If you post a recipe that I can’t use I either don’t comment or say something about the sauce (I love sauces)or something equally innocuous. I feel that this goes both ways. I think it is because we respect each other for who and what we are. It seems that there is a lot of disrespect out in the world these days and I don’t plan to participate.

  4. I agree with Sasha, I love this blog and check it everyday. Jan I realize you can’t blog everyday but my day is so much better when you do! I don’t always agree with everything you post but you make me think about what you have posted.
    I also think Sasha is right about the media overload. People can now post and say anything they wish with few consequences. We’ve lost some of the physical connection that we used to have with our neighbors and friends. That being said things will not return to “the good old days” and we must make more of an effort to connect respectfully with people in person and online. Just my 2 cents.

  5. I wonder how much stress is put on people by the horrible state of our culture (read Boston Massacre) and how that affects the anger of JG’s GIFT of a “Total Fuckwad”. I am really disappointed that he was such a “TF” that he shut down intelligent discourse on the issue. He MIGHT have had a point if he had even a modicum of ability to communicate it (if he has any point other than the one on the tip of his pea brain). SHEESH!

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