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I have got you here on a false title. Not really false, but sort of misleading. See how annoying that is?

I am fairly new at Medium blogging, but I’ve noticed that sooner or later, almost every blogger writes a list of things they have learned blogging. Meh. In the immortal words of Homey the Clown, “Homey don’t play dat.” You live, you grow, you learn, blah, blah. Whatever. Maybe a time will come for me to “share my blogging wisdom,” but not now. I haven’t learned enough yet, haven’t been around this particular block. But I have noticed one thing — it’s just common curtesy to follow people who follow you.

I like this custom. I’ve actually come across some fantastic blogs and incredibly wonderful people this way. This has enriched my world tremendously, and I would recommend this practice to other writers, and even non-writers: get on Medium, start reading people’s blogs, comment on a few, start dialogue, “meet” terrific humans, and your world becomes a little bit bigger, a little bit less lonely and less isolated. All good.

But I have also learned that Medium has a dark side. There are those who get on Medium to profit. They need a big following for their business reasons, and they go to as many blogs as they can and they “follow” them. Which, in term, means that you should politely “follow” them. Only they’re spinning stories about cryptocurrency, and bitcoins, and other such stuffs and words that are recently made up and make about as much sense to me as gobbledygook that three-year-olds and politicians spout when they talk. I suppose they are not technically violating the rules and trying to sell me something. Instead, they seem to be trying to sell me on the concept — that I should really get into this new form of currency. BTW, if you respond to this blog with a further explanation of cryptocurrency, I can’t promise I won’t “get murdery.”

I do not like them. Not at all. I do not want them to follow me. And I do not want to follow them. I have no idea how to get rid of them or prevent them from happening in the first place.

If you think I am just complaining to hear myself talk, you’re absolutely right. I don’t have a solution. Is there one? I’ve never ran into a problem on Medium before. As far as problems go, it’s a fairly harmless one. I simply have to read each follower, and avoid ones I suspect. Easy, peasy. So, really, what’s my problem?

I’ll tell you. I have a migraine, and these bitcoin boys have got on my last nerve. I didn’t eat on a regular schedule and it’s raining right now. I love the rain, but it doesn’t love me, so my head hurts. I took some meds, but so far, they’re not working. I have a self-imposed deadline for this post, which is quickly approaching, and complaining about an issue that’s almost a non-issue works for me. Good night.

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Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

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