Note: My complete and actual thoughts on the matter can be found at https://wordsaladspinner.wordpress.com/2018/05/25/i-exposed-the-mytrendingstories-scam-heres-their-perfect-apology/ . This is a modified, abridged version with extra swearing. My insults do not reflect factual truths about MyTrendingStories or its members, just funny ones.

Oh, this’ll be good.

 

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At the end of March 2017, I detailed my history with the MyTrendingStories scam(henceforth referred to with crude insults). They’re a content mill that preys on writers less like mosquitos and more like gnats. Today, I’ll follow up on the original article. My exposé had two copies on the web: one on my personal blog and another on the Many Tough Shits domain itself. Revenge is a dish best served with salt in the wound. Part 2 of this story begins and ends with that second upload, and revolves around how these dull-eyed fools delivered the “perfect” apology under the worst circumstances.
 

 

After March 2017, you could only read my exposé on my blog. Anyone who Goggled or clicked on a the cerebrally-challenged cucks' link endured near-infinite loading only to see a “server down” message. I did not consider this a victory. The idea that my one article shamed a website into shutting down is appealing, and the timing is suspect. But what did my work solve? Unmasking the bastards didn’t stop Empire LLC, or whomever owns the site, from putting on a new mask in the next domain. At least this one story would never trend.

 

Then, at the beginning of May 2017, we got the email.

 

Hi Nick, First of all, My Trending Stories Team want to send our deepest apologies to you, a loyal contributor of our website, who has been accopaning with us till now, for quite long time maintanance, which may cause you some depressure in using the site. The website was down for one month while we're working and testing to implement the ads network, where contributors can earn revenue. As you may notice, we never add any advertising until we have ads network available. Now we are ready for it! There are new groups ownership who are in place and we want work directly with contributors to create great experiences.

The “we” in the last paragraph was not a typo, because fellow former contributor Caleb Gee received a similar message. I assume all members did.

 

In the midst of apologizing for long-term maintenance, the schmucks called me a “loyal contributor.” Addressing me as “Dear [insert name here]” would’ve been subtler. Even better, the crotch-sniffers claimed their site was down to install advertising networks. Sure. Right. Well. Also, here’s the best part of the email:

 

 

If you have website with traffic please send it to us so we can add you to premium category where you gonna be able to earn money with your website and be contributors at Mytrendingstories. Yours truly, Jenna from My Trending Stories

 

 

This is my first time during my career when I wondered how many of their messages were translated from the original Russian.

 

The clunky article submission and author pages still stand in all their lazy glory. How do I know this? I still have admin privileges! The site even saved my login info. And, yes, glory be, my copy of the takedown article remained on the cow's site.

 

 

A copy of the article from https://wordsaladspinner.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/im-quitting-the-mytrendingstories-scam/

 

That’s the extent of the revamp. I looked at the contributor’s contract on their cesspit and compared it to the September 2017 version saved on the WayBack Machine. According to diffchecker.com, there’s only one difference between the two contracts. It’s the dummy difference I placed to see if the app worked. And remember, that contract already detailed how to install ad networks. It seems vomit-tastic took their site down to replace it with a brand new, same ad network.

 

I would say about this contract non-change, “This is the least dynamic revamp I’ve seen since pop culture reference!” But I’m at a loss for hyperbole. This “perfect” apology is the bottom. I mentioned how I had no joy in seeing their site go down. Now I’m embarrassed to even associate with their destitution. Changing my underwear is a more exciting and less smelly experience.

 

Speaking of funny material, I emailed the mouse-eaten fatheads questions. And they responded. If anyone misses the interviews I used to do, I combined my inquiries and their answers to form a mini-exchange here. From Jenna of the MyTrendingStories scam, we say hello, welcome, Скажи Богу правду, но дайте судье деньги.

 

NE: Thank you for the update! I do have some questions, if you don’t mind answering them.

 

JMTS: Hi Nick, our deepest apology for getting back to you a bit late… (Editor’s note: Jenna’s replied a week after I sent the questions)

 

NE: How is this ad network different from the Affiliate ID Program you offered on your Terms and Conditions page for over a year?

 

JMTS: Ads program is program to paid our contributors with this amount of traffic their gonna bring into the website monthly payment and we consider all contributor ads affiliate of ads network.

 

NE: Lucy Mills confided in me that she can’t remove her account from MyTrendingStories. Why hasn’t this happened?

 

JMTS: Could you please tell her to contact us. Whenever writer wants to close account, we will do that.

 

NE: How would you say this new ad program compares to Google AdSense?

 

JMTS: Great question, very similar of Google Adsense who is the bigger ads network in the internet right now.

 

NE: What exactly do you mean by “new groups ownerships”?

 

JMTS: We have new member on the Team with Clear Vision of Mytrendingstories to help website become One of the most influenced website in the world

 

NE: Why is Step 5 in the “Tips” section still not unlocked for my account?

 

JMTS: We decide to stop step 100 because they are going to be automated and we’re working on it.

 

Hi Nick, Our deepest apology for getting back to you a bit late. Kindly find the answers for your questions as below: 1. Ads program is program to paid our contributors with this amount of traffic their gonna bring into the website monthly payment and we consider all contributor ads affiliate of ads network. 2. Could you please tell her to contact us. Whenever writer wants to close account, we will do that. 3. Great question, very similar of Google Adsense who is the bigger ads network in the internet right now. 4. We have new member on the Team with Clear Vision of Mytrendingstories to help website become One of the most influenced website in the world 5. We decide to stop step 100 because they are going to be automated and we’re working on it . Please let us know if this helps, Jenna from My Trending Stories

 

I learned a lot that day. It appears the new abortions ad program is different because it works like an ad program. It also seems like if I do nothing I’ll complete the 100 Step Program myself. Also: Jenna’s English makes her sound like a spam sex bot. But unlike usual bots, interacting with these not nice people gives good odds for you getting screwed.

 

I did not make my “perfect” apology comment in jest. If you strip away the grammar mistakes (and as someone who browses my backlog, trust me, I can’t judge), the buttsluts follows the formula fine. They admit fault on a problem, responded to fair questions, and made a plan to do better. You’d find similar advice on apologies hereand here. Compared to screw-ups like Channel Awesome, these goats flagellated themselves in repentance. It’s only when you examine this self-flagellation that you notice they whipped themselves not with a cat o’ nine tails, but with a picture of a wet noodle. With proper context, it’s plain that the Little League Hitlers apologized for its lack of communication by promising a service it already claimed to have. Then it asked high value bloggers to pitch in more work than the scam itself had done. The real “perfect” apology is preemptive action on the part of the apologizer.

 

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I wish I could let the MyTrendingStories scam go, but at this point I’m having too much fun. This entire charade evokes less Holmes vs. Moriarty, and more Jim Sterling vs. Shitty Indie Game Developer. My send-off to the assholes began an entire new journey, from when the assholes temporarily removed my takedown, to when I permanently removed my takedown. I belittle the site for its small impact, but that does not render them useless to me. Writers fall for the “we pay in exposure!” con because they feel vulnerable. I mock the mites to prove that even this insignificant yet honest blog of mine has more power than them. Any writer has more power than them. These poisonous bunch-backed sodden-witted bull-sizzle douchebags ain’t half bad at apologizing. I’m gonna find out if they’re good at begging.