The Internet – Where Everybody Knows Your Name Unless You Completely Made It Up

Okay.  Don’t take this the right way.  But I’m a bit worried about some of my recent subscribers.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m thrilled to have more than 20 people following my blog.  But I’m not 100% certain you’re all people.

For example, “thebiggestonlinestorenamedafterarainforest”* does not seem to be a person’s name.  But, as there is no blog or profile to accompany this moniker, I can’t really verify that.

“Rentacar2020″* seems like an unusual, and completely unoriginal, handle, as well.  I mean, as a former BJ and the Bear fan, I’m all for living out your fantasies by changing your name in the virtual world, but I would go with “angeleyes” or “hot pants” (recommended to me by the Smokey and the Bandit CB Handle Generator; they know me so well), not a generic name like “rentacar”.  If you like automobiles so much, maybe you could try, “drivealamborghinibeforeyoudie” instead.  That’s a bit more exciting, at least.

I must admit that I was a little flattered when I saw that “macaulaysbrewpub”* had subscribed.  I thought, “How sweet!  An entire bar just committed to reading my blog.”  I pictured the cast from Cheers hanging out on their stools with iPads, and reading excerpts from my post out loud, inducing chuckles of delighted appreciation from Sam and Woody.  Carla would make some derisive comment about my farting bulldog, and Cliff would nod knowingly at my extremely astute observation that terrorists are poisoning our food and then proceed to diagnose all of my various ailments.

But then a torrent of company names began to flood my inbox, and it was a bit harder to picture “buyflourescentlightsathalfprice”* as an avid fan of my enviable writing skills, buying Norm another beer as the two shake their heads at my latest exploits with sheep eyeballs and wooden spoons.

I haven’t quite figured out the advantage that “buyflourescentlightsathalfprice”* and his cohorts gain from adding themselves to my lengthy roll of admirers, but I’m guessing that they are aliases for terror cells who want to keep track of how close I am to guessing their nefarious plans.

Or maybe I’ve got this all wrong, and the employees at Home Depot are a fan base I should really tap in to.  Wonderbutt could be a virtual saint to them for all I know.  We probably contribute at least half of the company’s annual profit with all of our trips to buy materials to fix things that darn bulldog has eaten.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, “Thanks for hitting the subscribe button, but if you aren’t a real person – or the fictional cast from Cheers – then I am perfectly fine with you latching on to someone else’s blog.  I don’t know what game you’re playing, but it’s giving me a complex that “geishasofjapan”* decided they needed to declare their love for me.  STOP FOLLOWING ME!”

Unless you’re real.  Unless you are a sane person who has excellent taste in writing and absolutely no desire to be a serial killer.  In that case, follow all you want.  But, for Pete’s sake, PICK A BETTER NAME!  Trust me, Pete will appreciate it.

*Names have been changed from the names they were changed to – mostly because I figure you shouldn’t get free publicity on my blog just for having a boring name.  Plus, I don’t want to get sued.

Norm raises his glass to me - Mrs. Cap'n Firepants -  "The only woman I love more than Vera."

Norm raises his glass to me – Mrs. Cap’n Firepants – “The only woman I love more than Vera.”

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Posted on April 19, 2013, in Blogging, Humor, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Oh you have discovered the joys of spam! Oh the lovely comments I have received from companies that sell handbags, to dial a fiend. It’s mind boggling.

  2. I’m real! Having some of the same issues too. Oh well.

  3. I’m real, even though I live in New Zealand 🙂 I can identify with your frustrations here.

  4. I have noticed the same thing lately. I have even had real peoples faces with normal sounding names but no blog and no profile of their own. What is going on?

  5. I get really random spam messages from things I don’t even search on the internet, so I’m always like, how did you find me?

  6. The names sound like codes for companies selling things.

  7. Another blogger posted about the same thing today!

  8. Real person here, hanging out in northern California, and loving your blog.

  9. I don’t think I could make myself up… & LM is a secret admirer of yours, too. That makes us a twofer! 🙂

  10. I’m real. Cupcake, on the other hand…..

  11. First of all, I’m proud to say I’m following your blog simply because I have excellent taste in writing. And I’m a real person. No matter how tired I am, I always make sure to read your newest post before I shut down for the night. Secondly, you CAN’T have only 20 followers!!?? I have 80 and I don’t get a fractions of the “likes” and comments that you do……something is totally wrong with this whole thing. Actually, it’s probably because my writing isn’t a fraction as good as yours:(

  12. I am trying, not very hard, to understand the ones that have a blog of random re-blogs that have nothing to do with each other. Directing traffic to randomness? Maybe a university class is running an experiment on blogger behavior? Conspiracy anyone? 8)

  13. Ah, yes, the wonderful world of spammers and scammers and fake names.

    But now you made me go and look up my CB handle, so I’m going to have to change my name. What do you think? Would you follow a blog by “Bandit”?

  14. I do hope really dogs can follow too?! *Worried ears*

  15. So since I aspire to be a serial killer (it’s my retirement plan, yo) I can’t subscribe to your blog???!!! How careerist of you.

  16. Um can we negotiate on the sane followers?? I’m not a serial killer but can’t hand on heart say completely sane!!

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