January 17, 2009

The Snarky Guy

Last week I stumbled across a snide, snarky post written by some grouchy English guy who lives in the eastern Languedoc. About me! And with a link to Chez Loulou.
I've never seen this blog before so I don't know anything about the author. But it does appear that he was born with a major chip on his shoulder.

His words are just so mean.
"It's a blog from a woman that is obsessed with cheese. Yes, bloody cheese. She takes a picture of some bloody cheese or turnips and somehow thinks that it makes an interesting post. Get a load of the second one down. It's fog for christsake. And, just in case you are tempted to copy any of it she has a bloody copyright notice on the site. As if, lady!! As if!
If you stop laughing for a second and refocus you'll see that she has applied for French citizenship. If the police find her blog they'll take one look at it and fire her arse out of the country. There are already enough nutters in France without adding anymore."

Ouch

How can anyone living in this beautiful place be such a miserable, cantankerous human being?

Maybe he forgot to take his happy pills that morning or something? Pin It

63 comments:

Judith said...

He's just an idiot. First of all he probably knows nothing about foodblogs and that there are people who are interested in cheese, and second of all he's probably just spoiled and it doesn't occur to him that *some* of us don't live in the Languedoc and miss it and like your lovely reminders. It's like getting a postcard every day!

georgiegirl said...

Ignore him. This is to proof that there are both good and bad people in this world. Keep doing what you have been doing. I look forward to your blog every morning.

Cathy said...

What a nasty, mean spirited old goat. Just ignore him. We all love your blog.

Laura Bradbury said...

Dear LouLou,

I think the last sentence in his post is very telling - anyone can tell that HE is clearly the nutter in question. Maybe we should make an anonymous call to the gendarmes jus tto check his papers are all in order... ;)

And if he doesn't get excited about cheese, my opinion is that he should consider living somewhere besides France. Frankly, he doesn't sound like much of an additon to the country!

Laura (from www.grapejournal.blogspot.com)

Ken Broadhurst said...

Yes, ignore him. He is obviously an idiot -- to use a polite term. Some people, like this jerk, are really sad.

David said...

I think he's just irked you're not sharing..

Kalyn said...

Anyone who doesn't seem all there is to say about the wonders of cheese is clearly not worth paying attention to. It's a complete mystery to me why some people go out of their way to be critical and yes, just plain mean. You know it's a reflection of their own lack of inner self-love, but still, it's hard to take.

Peter M said...

Oh Loulou, I'm laughing AT this clown who doesn't like cheese and he's obviously bored with life.

What does he expect from you,cartwheels or a photo of you and your bossoms popping out of your dress?

He's best to seek inspiration in his life, rather than teardown someone else's.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

As everyone has said..just ignore him, he is a rude cantankerous man!! Love what Laura put about HIM being the nutter ha ha

I love coming to your blog and seeing what delights you have for us!! :-)

L said...

Cheese is wonderful! And one has to wonder, if he hates cheese so much, why does he read the archives of a foodlover's blog? Kind of like someone who hates pets who complains on Cuteoverload...

misplaced texan said...

So, you write a lovely, personal food blog about one of France's most treasured foods, and he apparently writes a blog about other people writing blogs about stuff he doesn't like. Sounds like he has far too much time on his hands and a stick up his butt. Pity the fool. I, for one, think your blog is "bloody" splendid.

Fuji Mama said...

Ok, if I had found something like this written about me it would hurt (it's always so much harder when something is about you isn't it?)! But I have to say, seeing it written about your blog just makes me laugh! I look forward to your cheese posts and think his comments provide pure comic relief! Love, love, love your blog and your outlook on life!

Half Baked said...

What a nasty man! How sad to be so mean spirited. I love your blog and who cares what he thinks!

dND said...

What a rude man - someone like that is probably a bit insecure or so up his own derriere that he gets a second look out of is own eyes.

If he's not interested in cheese, no-one is forcing him to read your blog. He may think he's making himself look big by criticising you but in truth all he is doing is making himself look pathetic.

Sean said...

He certainly is doing his part to uphold the quota of "nutters" in France, eh?

Dj Johnston, of www.djfineart.com said...

LouLou,

It’s a sad reality that some people find comfort in causing others pain, but it is also a reality that such attempts usually backfire. As it appears to have in this case. The snarky (great word by the way!) remarks goaded the rest of us who silently enjoy your posts to open up and let you know that we are out here and that we quietly think of you as the wonder friend we have yet to meet and that we look forward to your posts and the photos of all the wonderful cheese.

Keep it up and know that you are appreciated.

Loulou said...

I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of your kind comments!
Thank you so much.

Alison said...

Dude's a tool. I don't always comment about the cheese, but I love looking at it! And drooling.

Donna said...

Um, Loulou, don't you have many, many readers? Dosen't your blog come up first when one googles "chez loulou"?

It's good your self esteem is solid and can't be shaken by one evil person's thoughtless words!

Enough said. Can't wait to see you next month!

pat said...

I've never commented before but I've been reading your blog for quite sometime and I think boththe narrative and the photos are lovely...so this guy can really just go cheese off

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What a creep! He obviously has way too much time on his hands. Don't let him get you down. Your blog is lovely and your photos are lyrical!

Barbara said...

What a sad silly man.I don't think I'd want to sit at his table anytime.

Carolyn T at tastingspoons.com said...

Loulou, don't for even a MOMENT think this guy is worth your thoughts. He IS nuts. I mean, cheese is synonymous with France, and you may well be a better citizen of France than most of the people who never had to work to be one. I luv-luv your blog. And I so enjoy your photos of your adopted country. Keep up the good work, and forget HIM. We, your readers, luv you.

Teran said...

Ignore him, he is just a cranky, mean old sod. Perhaps he suffers from constipation and therefore the subject of cheese just upsets him.

I grew up in Chateauroux and just love your blog. It reminds me of all that I love and miss about France. CHEESE being number one on my list.

Don't ever change a thing that you do, seeing everything through your eyes is like opening a gift every day.

Ronald said...

He's probably a 14-year old boy with lots of pimples. Yes to cheese!

Alyssa said...

That's just awful!

Betsy said...

We should all just "fart in his general direction."

Vivo said...

Let us all follow betsy's word of advice...

I love your blog and your "cheesy"postings..:)

Kelley said...

It's so much easier to criticize other people's ideas than to come up with your own. Blow it off.

The Beaver said...

LouLou

As Forest Gump says:"Stupid is as stupid does."
Must be a jealous "nutter" who would have love to copy some of your pics.
May be the hommes en bleus doivent lui faire une petite visite ( en Français en plus de ça …-º º 

Dale said...

And you thought I had critical comments!!! He must have not read your Vagina T-SHirt post!!!

trufflesteph said...

Poor, sad little man. Imagine the world he lives in, where cheese isn't worth worshiping, and gorgeous photos of nature in all it's glory are laughable. Sigh.

Oh, and if you run into any similarly sad little men in the future, repeat after me: "They are doing the best that they can with the skills that they have." It's the perfect mantra for those moments when you are confronted with idiots.

misschris said...

Hmm sounds to me like he needs some language lessons before he ventures out there in to the blog critic arena. He writes like Alfred P. Doolittle the (bloody) dustman!

Anonymous said...

Dear L L
He is an retired policeman but obviously finding it hard to give up now he is being the CHEESE POLICE!
We love your blog

Sur les Remparts said...

Ce genre de commentaire me fait rire, c'est assez simple et cela vient sans doute d'un simple d'esprit qui n'aime peut-être pas le fromage, mais qui semble croire que cela fera mouche.
Just ignore and laugh about him all together

Lori - Blondie in Brazil said...

First of all, I love your blog! Simple and beauiful pictures!

Man, it amazes me how some people have the time and energy to seek out people in the blog world to complain about. Who has that kind of free time? Seriously! Do they have any life at all?

I recently had a Brazilian slam me for a comment I made about Brazil on another blog. She insulted me for struggling with my Portuguese and bashed the name of my blog. Didn't know this girl from Adam, never seen her in the blogging world. It seems crazy to me that people go to the trouble of all that. It is sad really. It amazes me how people think they know us just because they read our blogs. I've never understood how people can overlook how badly they are treating other human beings because they are looking at a screen and not face to face. Total cowards!

Anyway, hang in there, ignore it and keep posting those beautiful pictures!

georgiegirl said...

Just my curiosity, how did you find out about him? For example, how did Pim from Chez Pim find out that someone copied her recipe? I don't know much about the blogging thing.

martha said...

I agree with Betsy. All together n ow, faces towards the wind, so the smell goes in the right direction.....
Oh LouLou, I love your blog and I love reading about cheese.
Maybe the gendarmes should investigate this jerk. How can you live in France and not love cheese?

Loulou said...

You all have left me speechless with your kindness, support and words of encouragement. I cannot thank you enough!

Loulou said...

georgiegirl,
to answer your question: he showed up as a link to Chez Loulou on Technorati.
Not sure about Pim, but I think someone may have told her about the content thief.

And a quick response to Dale: I thought you had stopped reading Chez Loulou?

Nadege said...

Quel connard!!!!! Maybe he should move back to his frozen little island (to use a term from a movie). Loulou you are doing a wonderful job. You are read all over the world and I talk about MY American Expats bloggers on the sets of Hollywood. Forget that miserable jerk. At least, because of him, you now know that you have many, many fans.

Veronica said...

That's pathetic. As everyone else said -- just ignore him, it's him who's got the problem, not you. Delighted that you didn't link to him :-)

Veronica said...

PS and his blog (which I'm not linking to either) is incredibly tedious.

Ksam said...

I still think you should post a link to his blog so we can all go leave him snarky comments - I mean, what does it say about him that he has nothing better to do than make nasty comments about someone else's blog??

spacedlaw said...

That is plain ridiculous. Just ignore it.

Bella Baita View said...

Or maybe he is just a sad bast***d!

Bella Baita View said...

and I bet he doesn't get 45 comments on his blog!

Veronica said...

Sam, it's easy to find -- just google for a representative phrase from his diatribe (in quotes). Personally I'm not keen in giving him any "link love"!

good to see some negative comments on his blog entry.

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Danielle said...

Hey Loulou, I think that you should be flattered! He has given Chez Loulou exposure. Think about it: people who read his nasty commentary will be intrigued... will follow the link to your blog... and will no doubt find it charming! And, I'll bet that dude hasn't gotten dozens of favorable comments on his blog. I think that mine makes 50!

Vive Chez Loulou! Vive le fromage!

Allie said...

I think he's mad you're not sharing your cheese. I can say I relate - you do get some enviable cheeses! ;)

Jackie said...

You must let it roll off your back. Whatever you do, don't let it deter your blogging. I adore you blog, and I adore cheese!!!! I read every morsel you've written about cheese-twice! Misplaced Texan said it best, "You write a lovely personal food blog about one of France's most treasured foods, and he writes a blog about other peoples blogs about things he doesn't like." Just be glad you don't live HIS life? Can you imagine how horrible that would be? Yuk!

somethingtonibbleon said...

I agree with everyone else - just ignore him. There are plenty of us that love cheese, love your photos and love your blog. It's sad that some people feel the need to be so negative.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

What a creep!

john said...

just wanted to say your blog is my favourite. It's the only one I look at every day

Papadesdeux said...

Funny, you may have to thank that ''arse'' for bringing all these readers out of the woodwork. At least he was good for SOMETHING! But now that is done with, let's forget about him. He no longer exists.

Loulou said...

This has made me realize what fantastic readers I have.
You all came rushing to my defense and supported me and this blog, which was greatly appreciated. Some of you commented for the first time...welcome, nice to meet you!
And many of you have a wicked sense of humor! :)

I'm glad you love the cheese and the photos and take time out of your busy lives to read about my life in France. I love taking the photographs and tasting the cheese (who wouldn't!) and love sharing my experiences.
It means a lot to have such kind readers and commenters.
Merci again everyone!

Snarky guy is now trying to get me involved in some sort of childish blogging duel. No thank you.
I'm thinking that from now on, as papadesdeux wrote, let's forget about him.

Tomorrow is a new day and since it is Tuesday, there is a new cheese to taste!

Meg D said...

He's the type who got beat up a lot in school.

You write a mean (and by *mean* I mean fantabulous) blog. The photos are as delicious as the cheese!

Brenda said...

Seriously, this guy is an ARSE. Who has nothing better to do than spread his ill will over the internet. Quite frankly, he is the nutter who should be shut in a dark room somewhere. Jerk!

yardsailor said...

Ahhh, but the question is..... Would he say it to your face? Of course not! If you ever were introduced to this charming poster, he would probably say " Oh Loulou, I read your blog"
I like all your photos, and you have introduced me to some new cheeses to feed my cheese obsession.
Keep up the good work.

martha said...

I did take a look at his blog which is tedious in the extreme. The Snark is a desperate attention seeker and the wisest thing we can do is draw a line under this and COMMENT NO MORE. I for one am going to take my own advice - for a change - and stop!

Ulla said...

Wow, that is so nasty. I am glad you called him out on it. Take it as a sign of fame. The great get criticized. I love the fact that you show us all the cheeses of France. It really is great for those of us not lucky enough to travel to France. Keep up the cheese porn:)

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog from the food web nominations and I think its awesome! I love looking at photos of cheese [or travel or doors or fog or...] and I think yours are particularly lovely. I did take a look at snarky guys blog---blech--pathetic, bigoted jokes and poor writing. Conclusion: he is nothing more than jealous or your blog and your talents.

keep writing! keep posting photos!