You’re nobody ‘til somebody tries to take you down.
When it comes to success, one never really considers the price of it. We think of the rewards, the gratification, the accomplishment, and sometimes, the fame.
Make no mistake, success always has a price. Sometimes it’s not what we are expecting. Sometimes it’s all that we expected, and more. But rarely are we prepared to pay it.
My speaking, coaching and writing business has seen some substantial growth since my blog, ‘Witty Woman Writing’, found its niche. I am speaking and teaching at universities, corporations and non-profits, in addition to taking on a good many private clients. Good for me!
You would think so.
I most recently received a dose of the dreaded back-handed compliment. In other words, I’ve run up against an individual(s) hell bent on shutting me down. Awesome (reeking of sarcasm).
In recent weeks my blog, ‘Witty Woman Writing’, has come under a hacker’s hand. This may explain to some of you why my blogs have been interrupted and why some older posts were randomly and erroneously released.
This unidentified person(s) has plagued my website, my blog and my personal email accounts. They also thought it would be great fun to post hate mongering remarks that were racist and beyond offensive. Other sabotage methods were attempted but intercepted. Be assured that Witty Woman’s email list is safe, secure and untouched.
I recognize this as a clear attempt to shut down the blog. Not going to happen.
Instead I’ve placed additional safety guards onto the blog, secured additional plugins and implemented the one thing I have purposely avoided since I began blogging: the moderating of all comments before they are seen on the blog. Damn.
So, to my would-be demise makers, let me fill you in on a bit of history. I’ve been badgered by better people than you. I’ve been stalked, threatened, plagiarized, made fun of, criticized and insulted. Regarding your efforts … meh, I’m not impressed.
I won’t pretend to understand your motives or your logic. Nor will I pretend to care. Now let me give you some advice; get a life, get a clue and get a job.
To my readers, THANK YOU for sticking with me, being patient with the subtle blog absences and random blog posts. Know that there were reasons for my madness and if you encountered any of the verbiage left behind by the garbage spewing commenters, accept my apologies and know that it was NOT from me.
Some of you contacted me with the disturbing comments and I thank you for that. It took several stressful weeks/days to conquer this wasteland of disruption. I didn’t appreciate one moment of it, but in the end, it didn’t get the better of me. I have reported the racist hate remarks and their origin to the FBI just for good measure. No loose ends here.
I will never figure out why some people try to lampoon another person’s forum just to knock them down a notch. There is no shortage of petty little people who wish they were a bit like those that enjoy a little success in their lives or business. Too bad. The world could use less of the hacking lot.
As for me, while it was a hassle trying to defend my turf, defend it I did. Witty Woman – 5, Stupid People – 0.
Success has its trials, tribulations and sucky people to have to deal with. If you haven’t encountered these kinds of people, if you’re lucky, you will. It’s a sure sign of success.
For me, it’s business as usual. Let the Witty Woman Writings’ wisdom continue!
A little advice to you, my friends, keep an eye on your back. If you are succeeding in your efforts, someone, somewhere will be gunning for you. Consider it a sign that you’re on the right track.