Hello everyone! A lot of people said they did actually want a mailing list so they could get notices that I have published new stories over at Wired.
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In other news:
In order to save money, I’m going to let my “No Ads” subscription and some custom design tweaks lapse here at the Bug Blog, so things will look a little different. I still don’t have a full-time job after a year of being self-employed. On the other hand, I get to do stuff I love everyday, and pants are optional, so things sort of balance out.
If you happen to have some spare change and want to buy me some coffee (or, you know, a new battery for my 2001 hybrid) that would be much appreciated; look for the PayPal donate button on the right sidebar of the Bug Blog.
Here is my new home:
Thanks so much everyone for all your support over the years.
Since I just noticed that this spider clearly has Cthulhu on it’s back. Hmm.
This actually is a harmless and common garden orb weaver, Argiope aurantia. They are large, but are not a risk to humans. When asked for comment about the decoration on her back, she said:
“Unglnu’nph k’lyeh hngilu’phth’n, l’yi? Rg’hlia k’gr ph’nglui mglw’nafh. F’nagn rg’hlia gr’rnua.”
Translation: ”I consume insect souls for a living, okay? It’s my job. Just shut up and let me do my job.”
Hat tip to FB for finding this!
Metamorphosis is coming. I was invited to blog over at Wired Science. There is a HUGE amount of blogging talent out there, and they chose … me. This is evidence that there is a real readership for news and
comment writing ranting about insects, agriculture, and nature. Exciting!
I won’t be moving anytime soon; probably not until late August. I’ll keep all of you posted.
I would really love to hear from all my readers HERE, in this survey.
What do you want me to write about? What burning insect questions would you like to see answered?
(Please note the “Bug Girl Will Not Diagnose You guidelines; if you really have a “burning issue” you may want to see a doctor for some ointment.)
I started out as a pretty rough writer, and over the years you’ve let me learn in public how to do this bloggy thing. I’m still learning, and I still have a long way to go. The vast majority of people I’ve met online are fabulous, and it makes me so happy that you are part of my virtual community. Group Hug!
Below the fold are more personal thoughts about this move with animated gifs and cursing, for those who are curious.
If you’ve been blogging for a while, or if you have a decent amount of traffic, you’re going to start getting these emails. It’s basically a form letter, asking if you would let some
blogger corporate shill do a guest post, or offering to write a post for you.
This particular one is pretty standard; note that the template has some non sequiturs where the template breaks. (Also, SNORF at “related to the niche of our sex shop.”)
The typical setup if you agree is the spammer provides a blog post that is shot through with links to their shop or to marketing partners. That creates more links for them and more Google Juice, as well as increases their exposure. They don’t want to pay for this, of course.
The letters I get are usually from pesticide companies, although I did get a bunch like this right after I wrote my post about SpiderMan’s penis. I’ve found that if I reply with a completely off-the-wall request, but make it seem serious, they run away and never come back. You want to sound like you are both in earnest and completely unhinged.
This was my reply.
Have never heard from this company or person again
I’m not sure if I would recommend this as a method of dealing with all the spam requests I receive, but it amuses me, and probably wastes some of the spammer’s time. So we’re even.