When I started this blog as a side project/sandbox/way to give back nearly six years ago (holy shit does time fly!), I could not have guessed that it would reach the heights it has. What started as a place for me to ramble mostly to myself has grown into a blog that racks up around 55,000 views a month. My Facebook page crossed the 11,000 follower mark a few weeks back.
It’s been awesome and unexpected and highly educational and, for the most part, extremely rewarding. It’s fun to help people get a handle on a technique, or walk them through the trials and tribulations of a build, or get them to shake up their own thinking a bit.
But when you happen to have a relatively large presence, and the temerity to have opinions about things, you inevitably attract haters. It just goes with the territory. I’ve seen it happen with modelers far more prominent and prolific than I. I’ve seen it happen with the Scale Modelers Critique Group that I help admin. It just…is.Mostly, I look on with bemusement. The slings and arrows generally have the quality of a 10-year-old who just discovered the word “bitch”. Like this gem from earlier today:
That’s the best you can do, Dan? Random insult generators on the internet can throw deeper digs. Like this one – http://www.insultgenerator.org/ – which threw out:
Or how about this…uh…whatever it is. It’s from a Facebook page that tries to mock SMCG, but mostly just fails.
I think this is supposed to be one of their “let’s make fun of Texas” efforts. Too bad the chihuahua is a Mexican breed (labs are the most popular breed in Texas) and plenty of people in Texas despise Ted Cruz. I guess the real hilarity is that somebody actually put effort into such a, ahem, shitty image.
Anyway. Every now and then, a comment piques my interest. Sometimes it’s an appreciation of the cleverness. Sometimes it’s noticing something random, like an IP address changing names…
And then trying to make fun of my name (yawn, heard it all before)…
And then changing names again (and sadly losing some of the earlier snap)…
Now. Part of me loves a good mystery. Who was this and did they really think switching up names was somehow clever? IP addresses are what they are.
Sadly it wasn’t a very good mystery. Like, ten minutes of junior high level sleuthing, fifteen tops. I’ve been 99% certain who’s behind Rusty/joe/cronbrau for a few months.
Mystery solved, I was going to leave it at that and just stop approving comments from that IP address.
But last night, “Rusty” stepped out of his troll closet.
Kudos to Adam for having the courage to step forward and put his name behind his posts!
But…here’s the thing. In the span of literally 15 minutes, we go from:
“This is a new low…wanker”
“it’s a good way to spread knowledge and test engineering”
What’s that stupid business phrase? Oh yeah – I’m seeing some daylight between those ideas, Adam.
Look. Talk shit about me, fine. Engage in actual reasonable conversation, even better! I can ignore, chuckle at or delete the first and I always welcome the second.
But don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth. Must be the Texan in me, but that two-faced bullshit rankles.
Oh, and Adam, to address your most recent comment, I’ve never claimed that naked build reviews are new, not once. I’d also propose that they’re far more common in the armor world, and I’m sure that has nothing to do with the fact that you can easily pull off the running gear, twist and pull the turret, and proceed right along with painting the kit. You don’t have to sacrifice armor to a review the way you do with an aircraft build.
And yes, I fully agree with your take on reviewing! It’s not all that much fun. Although I’m having a lot more fun with this Hurricane review that I have with any I’ve done in the past, and I think the way it’s been set up is hugely responsible for that.