This Week’s STFU: People That Give Bad Advice

For this week’s Shut the Fuck Up Fridays, I’d like to address people that give bad advice.

Have you ever been given bad advice? I’ve been given plenty of it. Sometimes I’m smart enough to know that it’s bad advice, and so I ignore it. Other times I’m either tricked or my brain is so far up the asses I’m wiping and bathing and shuttling to and from activities that I take it and suffer the consequences.

Here are my most recents that I should have just told to shut the fuck up:

That blogger that told me the best and only necessary way to network my blog was on Facebook

What a load of bull shit that was. If you currently or have ever had a blog, you know that relying solely on Facebook or even social media in general to market your blog is probably a recipe for disaster of blognanamous proportions.

The biggest problem with doing this is you are relying on a terribly inconsistent and a too broadly used resource to market something that is niche. Blogs are niche – whether they are general blogs, mom blogs, cooking blogs, whatever. Not everyone goes to Facebook to talk about blogs, though; so not everyone you try and market your blog with on Facebook will want it to clog up their newsfeed.

Also, people are dicks. I can’t tell you how many people I have supported in their stupid causes through social media, only for them to tell me they don’t “do that” in return. Really? You don’t say?

Blog advice giver(s): shut the fuck up.

That person at my husband’s work that advised us to watch “The Trip”

Jesus Christ slathered on a piece of toast (and I’m Catholic, so I can say that), what a terrible, terrible, horribly awful movie “The Trip” was.

For those of you unfamiliar, these two British actors that are not funny, not attractive, and quite idiotic go on a little foodie trip through Wales to engorge themselves on scallops, tons of shit covered in butter, lots of wine, marijuana, and one of the guys sleeping with every two-bit whore he could find in their various hotels. It was two hours in which I felt like repeatedly banging my head against the wall, because if I did it enough I would black out and not have to endure the stupidity and boringness that was this film.

Next time this guy tries to recommend a movie, my husband has been advised to tell him to do one thing, and one thing only: shut the fuck up.

The person that suggested I give California Italian food one more shot

Eating California’s version of Italian food is typically like eating a bowl of puke. It’s actually worse than puke.

I don’t know what it is about it that turns me off so much. Maybe it’s California’s emphasis on fusion – fusing multiple genres of food into one. The result is a bad combination of spices and sauces that these local yupsters think is so posh and unique, when really it’s like a plate of bile and vomit.

I thought I’d take the advice of the person in one of my book clubs that suggested I give California Italian food one more shot, and have tried it a few more times over the course of the last few months. I tried different dishes. I tried to see the beauty in adding carne asada to lasagna. I tried to see the sheer awe-inspiring genius of fusing edamame with alfredo linguini. But I just can’t help but feel like an idiot myself for taking this horrible advice. Crap is crap, no matter what way you look at it.

To the California Italian cuisiners: shut the fuck up.

Those are just a few of the incidences of bad advice I have been given recently. At least bad advice that I’ve taken. Then we have bad advice I haven’t taken (like the suggestion that I put my kid into underwater ballet, whatever the hell that is); as well as unsolicited advice (don’t even get me started on that one).

What bad advice have you received lately faithful blog followers? I’m sure you will join me in telling those bad advice-givers a resounding SHUT THE FUCK UP!


  1. i8there4irun

    My FAVORITE advice? Probably from the fat, smoking cat lady that perches on her front porch in her muumuu every Sunday. I know she does this, because she is along my “safe” running route that I take every Sunday. What advice could she be giving me every Sunday? That running is bad for my joints and I should stop it. Right. Because chain smoking in the front yard and being overly obese is a much healthier option. Now, if she never said anything, I would just wave a quick hello and think nothing about her overall appearance or right and privilege to blow airborne carcinogens into her personal atmosphere. However, by intruding into my space while I jog past (with sound, not physically. She NEVER moves) that put her on my “Mean Girl Radar”. Which I try (mostly unsuccessfully- but I do try) to ignore and stamp out, but she is a stubborn bitch, that mean me.

  2. boldbohemian

    I feel like Social Media is for promoting yourself or a business, etc. For blogs I would use plug-ins and keywords for readership. If you get to the top of google, you have accomplished what you need to. You can purchase google ads for your blog, or bing or whatever. If you are on facebook, be active and then after you have engaged others, you might invite them to your blog. Just 2 or 3 of my cents… 😉

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      I agree with you for the most part! Relying on social media for blog readership is just stupid to me.

  3. You Know it Happens at Your House Too

    For me, Facebook has been a great AID in increasing blog readership, but you are 100% correct in that it alone will NOT help your blog to grow. Some say that Twitter is key. I disagree with that as well. Social media alone will not help you grow. It is so important to engage, like you said, by reading, commenting, and SHARING, SHARING, SHARING!!!! LOVE THIS POST!!!!

    I am SO glad you linked up again my friend. It honestly wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t! I’ll see you on FB and Twitter! BWAHAHAHA!!!

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Sharing and engaging – the best of the best stuff to do!!

  4. theonedatewonder

    Like? Nooooo LOVE! I thought Facebook would be a good social tools…..turns out, it’s a tool, alright….for tools. So I agree with u on that.

    Thank you for your blunt honesty. I’d love to read ur blog on the unsolicited advice……

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Oh, I’ll take that as a request! HAHA 🙂

  5. Forever 51

    Have to be careful with Facebook and twitter-if all we do is push our blog and don’t engage then we are toast. I know that if I give good content then they will come….

    1. It’s A Dome Life

      I think engagement is key. I just look at the blogs I read the most and they are usually the blogs of people who interact with me.

      1. Heather Christena Schmidt

        I agree completely – engagement. The follow back. The mutual support. That is totally the key!

    2. Heather Christena Schmidt

      You are so right. Social media is about interaction. Interaction and engagement, not just LOOK AT ME!! Hahah

  6. It’s A Dome Life

    I’ve had more people read my blog by commenting on their blogs. I mean people who seriously read my blog and don’t miss a post. I don’t have a ton of “followers” but the ones I have are terrific. Facebook hasn’t done much for me, but I’m experimenting today with a blog hop just to see what happens. Will the new people stay and read my blog or just read it this once? Only time will tell.

    I love that you make up words. I love that you swear. I love that you have STFU fridays.

    I found you through the TGIF blog hop. Nice to meet you!

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      I make up words ALL THE TIME. Blognanomous is just the tip of the ice berg hahah

    2. i8there4irun

      Alright. What’s a “blog hop”? Sometimes being new SUCKS.

  7. Kanerva

    I’m with you on The Facebook page for the blog. I too though it would be a good tool. No, no and once again for good measure: NO. The easy part (blog goes there automatically, very nice that technology does that) in no way makes up for the work to keep the page going. I can barely keep up with my own FB, let alone switching to the other one…

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      It takes SO MUCH TIME! And such little pay off…

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