Social Media Leprosy and Other Problems

September 18, 2008

Are you worried that you might be suffering from Social Media Leprosy, or some other unthinkable disease? Don’t worry, I’ve found the solutions to your problems:

Social Media Leprosy:
Do you have social media leprosy? Are all your contacts avoiding you like the plague? It could be that you’ve picked up bad social media habits, by following the wrong teacher. This happens a lot. A short while ago, I stopped reading a blog I’d been enjoying, because the blogger was inflicting huge amounts of social media spam on me.

Then a couple of days ago, it occurred to me that they may not even know they’re doing something wrong - they’ve just learned from the wrong person, so I decided to give them another chance. To discover whether you’re suffering from Social Media Leprosy, check out this post by Vincent Wright.

Frozen Balls Disease: Do you have a really great idea for a business, or some other project? Are you afraid to get it off the ground because you fear you’ll become that “F” word that we don’t mention round here? If so, take a look at Yaro Starak’s explanation on how he overcame frozen balls disease and launched a membership site.

Someday Syndrome: Are you doing what you really want to do with your life? Or do you keep putting things off until “someday”. Do you worry that you might have left it too late and your ship may never come in. If so, check out this workshop and start living the life of your dreams now.

Scriptorial Constipation:
If your writing sucks, don’t worry, I’ve found a couple of cures. First off, Ellen Wilson explains how cleaning the toilet will make you a better writer. And if that thought leaves you feeling all bunged up, Graham Strong shares heaps of ideas for unblocking yourself and getting those words onto the screen.

Are you suffering from any of these diseases, or other problems we’ve not mentioned here? Or can you suggest a cure for any other unimagineable disease?

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Image Credits

Social Media Spam by Phil Hawksworth
Frozen Balls Disease by House of Sims
Someday My Ship Will Come In by Savannah Grandfather
Writers Block by Miss Pupik

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21 Responses to “Social Media Leprosy and Other Problems”

  1. Graham Strong on September 18th, 2008 2:10 am

    Hey Cath,

    Thanks for the link — I hope your readers get some useful information from it as well.

    And thanks for the other links. I’ve got to check those out!


    Graham Strong’s last blog post..Writer’s Block: Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

  2. Vered - MomGrind on September 18th, 2008 2:56 am

    I think I’m healthy so far. :)

    But I do ask for the occasional vote on social bookmarking sites, when I feel that I wrote something good.

    I try not to ask too often. Skellie said in the past that once a week is OK. Once a week seems to me like a lot. I try to ask less often than that.

    I hope I’m not spamming people. I would hate to do that.

    Vered - MomGrind’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Mona Lisa, Enhanced

  3. Monika Mundell on September 18th, 2008 3:58 am

    LOL Cath, you make me crack up. The words your are using are so hilarious. I get quite a few of these “vote for me” emails and I honestly never vote for them. I also never ask for votes in return.

    Sending those unsolicited emails (even to friends) is spamming and it does put me off these people after a while.

    I think if we don’t vote naturally, it is inflated behavior and not right. Also, I believe that social media really sucks. I might be the only person here but from a marketers perspective they do nothing to pay me my income.

    They are great for tons of traffic but this traffic is made up of people like us with the same intentions to earn a dime online and they won’t click on your ads or buy your product.

    The only thing that does is organic traffic. Plus these sites are really a huge waste of time. I rather converse with people one on one or through their blogs, as it is way more satisfying and more personal too.

    Monika Mundell’s last blog post..Do You Diversify?

  4. Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome on September 18th, 2008 5:15 am


    Thanks so much for the link!

    If I were to suffer from any of those it would be the last - more because I’m just not putting a high priority on my writing at the moment, but I do plan on doing National Novel Writing Month this year, so that’ll be a kick in the ass to get writing again.


    Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome’s last blog post..Relying on Memory

  5. Robin on September 18th, 2008 7:31 am

    LOLACFI (laugh out loud and call Frank in) at the frozen balls disease - and I have also stopped reading a blog because I kept getting too many social media-related emails from them.

    BTW - as I read this there is a huge add saying “I cured my acid reflux” on the page.

    Robin’s last blog post..Insects Versus Mother Theresa

  6. Barbara Swafford on September 18th, 2008 7:52 am

    Hi Catherine,

    You’re good! Where do you find this stuff? Or are you making it up? If so, you are SO creative.

    My biggest problem is making time to do all I want to do. Got any ideas of how to get more than 24 hours in a day?

    Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..In The Blog House

  7. Joanna Young on September 18th, 2008 8:07 am

    You’re so funny Catherine, this is an inspiredly terrifying list of ailments!

    To be honest I don’t like it if I even get a ‘please stumble’ message and I’ve stopped following a few people because of that. I try and be as generous as I can with llinks and stumbles, but I do it because I want to, not because someone’s asked me.

    Joanna Young’s last blog post..10 Reasons Not To Blog In Your Readers’ Language

  8. Evelyn Lim on September 18th, 2008 11:11 am

    I only ask for social votes from my regular contacts who have also making requests from me. Occasionally if a post is important, I also ask my readers for some assistance.

    I have also read that it is best not to ask too often and am slowing down in my requests. I’d still continue to vote for others if they ask me to.

    Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..Attract Our Travel Dreams

  9. John Hoff - eVentureBiz on September 18th, 2008 12:02 pm

    Luckily I live in Las Vegas, so I don’t have frozen balls here - it’s a desert! ;)

    I read what Monika said and I too don’t use standard emails to ask for votes for articles, however, I may message a few people through Stumble Upon.

    I once apologized to an experienced stumbler mentioning I hope I wasn’t intruding too much by asking and he gave me a great reply. He said “Hey, this is what this site is for. You find or write something great and worth sharing and you share it.”

    And he’s right.

    But I would never go to someone’s blog and start asking for stumbles or diggs in the comment section.

    John Hoff - eVentureBiz’s last blog post..General Partnerships: A Not-So-Great Business Structure

  10. cathlawson on September 18th, 2008 12:22 pm

    Hi Graham - you’re welcome. Your tips were brilliant and they’ll help a lot of people.

    Hi Vered - I don’t think you’re spamming people. Some folk ask for stumbles and diggs for every single post, which is ridiculous. Like you said - it’s when you write something good that you want it to be seen

    Hi Monika - thanks. I know what you mean. I guess they make a site look popular, which attracts more people to it. Sad, I know but folk are like sheep. Hopefully they’ll improve in the future and become more interactive - as you said, talking to folk is more interesting.

    Agree on the organic traffic - there you are getting folk that are looking for what you’re offering.

    Hi Alex - You’re welcome. Is that the one where you write a novel in a month? It’s a brilliant idea. I guess it makes you get down the bones of a whole novel you can work on later.

    Hi Robin - LMAO too - I’m getting malaria and legionella on mine. I’m hoping Yaro won’t be too offended by the frozen balls thing.

    Hi Barbara - I make it up - aside for Someday Syndrome, which was created by Alex Fayle. Re: The getting more hours in the day - I used to sleep only 4 hours a night, because I read that Margaret Thatcher did that. But I stopped doing it when I found out that her mental health had deteriorated.

    Hi Joanna - It’s nice to choose what to vote yourself isn’t it? Plus, if you vote everything that’s sent to you, I think your own followers start ignoring your recommendations.

    Hi Evelyn - I guess it’s about moderation isn’t it. I know you vote some of my posts, which is really appreciated, as I feel a bit left out since being banned.

  11. cathlawson on September 18th, 2008 12:30 pm

    Hi John - I guess that’s one good think about living in Vegas - no freezing weather.

    Sharing good info is important. Trouble is, you get the odd person who thinks everything they’ve written is good.

    If someone did that to me in the comment section I’d delete it. My problem happened when I commented on someone’s site and they used my email address to spam me.

  12. Ellen Wilson on September 18th, 2008 4:41 pm


    Ha! Too funny. Well, if you toilet cleaning doesn’t add to you becoming a better writer at least it will be clean! Thanks for the link.

    Yeah, I’m starting to think like Monika regarding voting and all of that. I just wonder if social media is a waste. I do think that it’s okay to ask for the rare vote once in awhile on your blog. But I’m starting to think that email is rather invasive.

    Now I have to read your pirate post. E

    Ellen Wilson’s last blog post..Do You Know This Woman?

  13. Hunter Nuttall on September 18th, 2008 6:51 pm

    I rarely send emails to ask for votes. When I do, it’s because I have something that’s gaining traction on Digg and has a shot at the front page, and that doesn’t happen very often. I send a separate email to each person so I can do some personalization.

    I sometimes get bothered when I get lots of requests, and it’s sometimes enough to get me to stop reading someone’s blog. If someone sends me an email once in a while, that’s fine–it gives me an excuse to reply and say “OK, now stumble mine.”

    What do people mean when they ask for a “quick stumble?” What makes it quicker than another kind of stumble?

    Hunter Nuttall’s last blog post..The Monty Hall Paradox (And The Real Answer)

  14. Stephanie on September 18th, 2008 7:47 pm

    I’ve never emailed people asking for a Stumble… suppose it wouldn’t hurt to try it. I’ve gotten some good traffic sometimes from SU (Vered, you started one that went really well recently!) which is a lot of fun. My husband uses SU a lot and gets such a kick out of seeing my stuff come up on his browser.

    If I get a ‘vote for me’ request, I’ll look at it pretty hard. I don’t grant them casually. I do have to like what I’m reading. I know I can trust some people to send me good links for SU or Digg while others I’ve learned to just ignore.

    Stephanie’s last blog post..Is a Recession a Bad Time to Start a Home Business?

  15. Alex Fayle ¡ Someday Syndrome on September 18th, 2008 8:23 pm

    That´s right Cath - the website is

    It´s great for getting the first draft done (or at least partially done). I´ve had to do a whole bunch of world-building to prepare for it.


    Alex Fayle ¡ Someday Syndrome’s last blog post..Relying on Memory - Full Text Answers

  16. Amy Derby on September 18th, 2008 10:03 pm

    Cath, you’re too funny. I’ve already read most of these links — and loved them — but there are a few new ones I’m going to read now…

    Amy Derby’s last blog post..How To Survive While Writing With Young Children In The Home

  17. cathlawson on September 19th, 2008 4:42 am

    LOL Rita - I hope all that cleaning inspires you. “Crash, burn and die” is interesting - all I got was “Go die”. Now I’m starting to feel cheated. It was probably a rejected and dejected novelist who left it.

    Hi Ellen - You’re welcome. I got hacked off with social media at one point and wondered if it was all worth it. I even began to wonder if blogging was worth it - but I was watching the wrong people.

    Hi Hunter - LOL - it sounds like they add the quick part to persuade you that they’re not asking you to do anything major. Unless you’ve been reading it wrong and they’re asking you for a quick tumble.

    Hi Stephanie - When I first joined I made the mistake of stumbling stuff just because people asked. But before I was banned, I finally got to the point of ignoring the persistent offenders. Like you say - if folk keep on stumbling any old crap, you stop trusting them and ignore stuff they’ve stumbled.

    Hi Amy - thanks. I hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read.

  18. cathlawson on September 19th, 2008 5:10 am

    Hi Alex - sorry - Askimet grabbed you. I’ll definitely check out the link - but I don’t see me managing to get it done. I admire those of you who do though.

  19. Mike Goad on September 20th, 2008 2:31 am

    Someday Syndrome — “Someday I’m going to retire.”

    Wait a minute! I already did!

    Mike Goad’s last blog post..French Canyon

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