UPDATE 8: Jeremy Zawodny has changed his post and apologized to me via email. Here’s what he said on his blog:
You see, the little voice that normally tells me when to step away from the computer wasn’t working today, and I ended up making a big mess as a result. I’m really sorry about that…Andy, the MyBlogLog guys, and anyone else who wasted time reading this: I f#cked up. I know better (most of the time) and should have just gone on with life….I’ve already emailed you all privately, but wanted to say so in public as well.
I’m grateful that Jeremy has changed the title of the post. My reputation is important to me – I left two companies to protect it – so it was the title that irked me the most. I now consider the issue closed
Jeremy’s decided that he needs to suggest to his readers that I am spamming MyBlogLog. Yep, Jeremy believes that he is the guardian of all that Yahoo decides to buy and he should make wild claims – maybe he’s just pissed because we discovered the spammy tactics Yahoo was employing.
Jeremy, do you even know the difference between spam and marketing?
Jeremy obviously has no idea of the amount of spam that is already going on at MyBlogLog – have you read the comments and messages people leave each other Jeremy? Here I am, encouraging people to join the Marketing Pilgrim MyBlogLog community – something I did before it took off and before Yahoo acquired it – and he accuses me of spamming. Just because my community profile – not my personal profile which is the one that shows up on other sites – happens to promote the contest.
Jeremy, get a damn clue. I’ve been working to help MyBlogLog flourish and here you are making lame public statements.
UPDATE: I’m removing MyBlogLog from the site. I get no noticeable traffic from it and I’m not prepared to be treated like a crook, by someone that is allowed to post crap in the name of Yahoo. Done.
UPDATE 2: Yes, I am pissed.
UPDATE 3: Oh, and another thing Jeremy, MyBlogLog’s Scott Rafer gave his approval for the contest. Thanks to Shoemoney for reminding me.
UPDATE 4: The Zune contest is still running. I’m just not prepared to promote MBL or use the widget until either Jeremy apologizes or I decide to scratch a mad place and get glad.
UPDATE 5: I’ve put back the widget. Eric, Scott, the hard-working people at MyBlogLog, and our readers, should not have to suffer for the ramblings of a Yahoo employee that has nothing better to do. I’m extremely disappointed with Zawodny, I considered him a “blogging buddy” and he could have just emailed me. Now he has egg on his face and I’m sure is answering a lot of internal questions about now. Maybe I can start a “nofollow me to Zawodny” link campaign.
UPDATE 6: Zawodny doesn’t appear to care about clarifying his screenshot. You only see the “Win a Zune” image if you you take the time to navigate to my community. My personal avatar is my actual face. When I visit your site, you see my face. I’m not ramming any advertising down the throats of the sites that I visit.
UPDATE 7: Zawodny has convinced me to change my site photo. I’ve seen the light.