How to Piss People Off


If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 4+ years of blogging, it’s that you won’t always make everybody happy. To add to that, there are a few topics in which people lose their effing minds over.

The first subject is Steve Perry. Apparently some people are so obsessed with all things Steve Perry that just adding the name Steve Perry to an entry, or Steve Perry as a tag, or Steve Perry as anything will almost guarantee more blog hits as “pictures of steve perry wiping his ass with corn husks” continues to be a top search result.

Okay, maybe it’s more like “steve perry 2008 pictures” but still…

The other hot-button topic is “In Memory Of…” stickers. Nearly a year after I wrote the damn post, people continue to leave comments and not surprisingly, many of them are negative with the commentators all having one thing in common: calling me cold, judgmental, or a prick–or a nifty combination of all three.

No, seriously! I speak my mind about one topic and damn, they come out of the woodwork! So much so that Ann stepped up to the plate today and left a comment of her own in response to all the women that were up in arms over my opinion.

In so doing, Ann picked up on something I hadn’t: based on the commentators’ names (since I’m such a judgmental prick and whatnot), all those calling me names were female. Those that agreed with me were male. Interesting.

It got to a point where I was considering closing the Comments section for that post but nah, that’s missing the whole point of a blog, whether the post touches a nerve or not. I will continue to defend myself on the matter and if you don’t like it, you’ll lose more sleep over it than I will.

This is the new media where the opinions of everybody matter, so the Comments section will continue to remain open. And besides, pissing people off over something so trivial is too much fun!

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Top 10 Posts for the Year


Since 2008 is about to go bye-bye, I thought I’d entertain you with a list of the year’s Top 10 Posts here on Holographic Meatloaf according to my host, WordPress. They tally that sort of stuff.
 
The total number of hits follows the post, and please note that these numbers were as of the time of this post. Additional comments follow each post.
  1. Harmonix Announces Rock Band Add-Ons (905): My April Fool’s Day article on forthcoming accessories for Harmonix’s popular game. I thought it was a flop at first but as the year went on I realized it was just the opposite!
  2. Paging Steve Perry… (348): The first of three Steve Perry-related results. Just a simple write-up about a stop sign I saw.
  3. iPod Upgrade? (341): While this post’s title may imply that I know something about any potential iPod upgrades, it was actually describing my possible purchase of an iPod Touch. I eventually bought the 8GB model but still use my old 30GB model more to this day!
  4. Bust A Nut (319): Reminiscing about a strange commercial that was out in the 90s. Apparently, I’m not the only one who remembers it.
  5. I’ll Stick to Sharpies (279): I describe by complete and utter disappointment in the incompatability of LightScribe and LabelFlash discs (and the extreme scarcity of the latter), and why I chose to abandon both in favor of a permanent marker.
  6. ZOMG!!! STEVE PERRY!!!11!1 (246): A spoof on where Steve Perry lives. Read this post and you’ll be just as convinced as I am that the dude has a gaggle of stalkers following him whenever he dares venture away from his home on the moon.
  7. “In Memory Of” Stickers (210): Ah, a classic. I go off about those damned “In Memory Of..” stickers that I despise so much. Check the comments section for a remark by someone who obviously has one on their car.
  8. Media (199): Not quite sure why this one is so popular. It’s just a page with links to my photos and videos. Do you people like me that much?
  9. SIRIUS + XM = WTF? (188): My take on the handling of the SIRIUS/XM merger. Most. Comments. Evar!
  10. The Steve Perry Post (181): The third Steve Perry-related post that’s gotten lots of hits in which I explain why a certain post was deleted. While it’s nothing compared to the post I originally speak of (which got well over 1,000 hits the day it went live), this proves my theory that Steve Perry fans are about as rabid and maniacal as monkeys in a banana factory. In short, freakin’ weirdos. Well, except for those few cool ones who shamelessly admitted to searching for stuff on Perry and left comments in the ZOMG!!! STEVE PERRY!!!11!1 post.

Well, that’s it for 2008. We’ll see how 2009 fares with what I’ve got to say then. Have a happy and safe 2009, people!

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