In short order, I received two emails from the owner of the blog, thoroughly scolding me, and explaining that what I had experienced as an unwelcome advertisement was actually a video clip from a previous post running on auto-play. Having been corrected, of course I immediately took down the blog post. I should have let it go at that.
But instead, I wrote back to the blog's owner to tell her I had taken down the post, and apologized for having made a mistake, acting hastily, and upsetting her. I thought that would be the end of it. Mistake #2
Before long, I received another email, this time telling me that taking down the post was insufficient. It seems that seventeen people had clicked the link to her blog and may well have marked it as one to avoid or a couple of other possible actions. There was a suggestion that I was lacking in gumption because I had failed to issue a public retraction of my defammatory comments.
This blogger self-describes as sarcastic and, in fact, has a kind of cute little badge on her blog indicating that her soul has been removed for all of her sarcasm. So I thought she might appreciate my drawing her attention to the irony that I had sent her no fewer than seventeen potential followers. Mistake #3
Cate's next email pointed out that I had more or less blown my opportunity to be remorseful and respectful, and ended with her being glad to have copied my entire offensive post before I had taken it down. Not sure what that was all about. But it didn't sound like she'd appreciated my observation.
Needing to move on (and to demonstrate the abundance of my gumption), please note the following public retraction: The blog I had cited does not contain and apparently has not ever contained audio advertising. In fact, it contains no advertising whatsoever. I was mistaken in my perception of the audio message I received. I write this with the full awareness that by providing the link to the blog, I very well may be driving additional traffic her way.
I remember now why I had bookmarked this blog in the first place. It was her post reviewing Fifty Shades of Gray. I liked it a lot. The post, I mean.