Dear Readers, I Love You But…

19 Aug
The Careful Use of Compliments

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…Please stop complimenting me! 

This morning’s comments section reads like an obituary.  I’m too British to be comfortable with fulsome flattery; I need a jocular insult to know you like me.  People are always rude to their friends and polite to strangers: what have you got against me?

If this buttering up continues, I may be forced to abandon blogging.  As you can see, it has made me all alliterative, and that can’t be good for anyone.

If you really want to be nice to me, I’ll take Maltesers, mummery or a mention on your blog.

Ungratefully yours,

The Editor (because Tilly Bud would never insult her readers)

53 Responses to “Dear Readers, I Love You But…”

  1. irishheather August 19, 2011 at 15:38 #

    I can’t help myself. Sue me. You blog is awesome.


  2. misswhiplash August 19, 2011 at 15:38 #

    You daft ‘arf penny

    I only write what I feel and if you give up blogging it would be a world wide punishment.


  3. vivienne Blake August 19, 2011 at 15:56 #

    Ya boo,
    sucks to you.
    Will that do?


  4. Janie Jones August 19, 2011 at 16:03 #

    Didn’t you know that it’s Opposites Week? Those compliments were actually snarky insults in disguise.


  5. nrhatch August 19, 2011 at 16:12 #

    Fishing for more fulsome flattery??? 😉


  6. gigihawaii August 19, 2011 at 17:14 #

    Too many compliments? You must be joking! lol.


  7. Teri August 19, 2011 at 17:28 #

    I have know you all of four minutes…(I am a slow reader and that is how long it took me to read your “Cup of Coco” post.). Already I don’t like you. I am not witty or funny very often and I wish I had bigger feet. This post makes me feel inept and wish I could have an injection to make it go away. I have no idea how I wandered here but maybe there should be warnings for places like this. I hope now you will let me be your friend… Honestly what a great place!


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 08:55 #

      Some people just can’t help themselves, I see… 🙂

      Welcome! New readers are always welcome here; it’s compliments that are not. 😀


  8. Big Al August 19, 2011 at 17:34 #

    Alright for you Tilly Bud. I was going to tell you that you are the greatest literary genius of this or any other age, but not now! I was also going to tell you that your insightful wit is so endearing that it lifts the spirits of all mankind, but not now! I was going to mention that your observations of life transcend human understanding and ascend into the spiritual realm, but forget it!

    But you’re an OK blogger, I guess.


  9. Pseu August 19, 2011 at 17:37 #

    You’d pass in a crowd with a push I suppose


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:01 #

      And you’d be the one to give me that push…?


      • Pseu August 20, 2011 at 11:18 #

        or a pull? Hold on tight and we’d get through together?


        • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 11:25 #

          Where’s Dr Dolittle when I need him to translate?


      • Pseu August 20, 2011 at 12:51 #

        with the Push-me-Pull-you?


  10. audreyoka August 19, 2011 at 18:03 #

    If you don’t want the compliments, please leave them with me. It will stop me from having to fish for them. ROFL


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:04 #

      By all means! My pleasure, you beautiful creature 🙂


  11. Tinman August 19, 2011 at 19:42 #

    Just by chance I am here having just mentioned you on my blog.

    So na-na-nee-na-na to you, Miss.

    (Gonna spoil it now by ticking “like”)


  12. kateshrewsday August 19, 2011 at 20:15 #

    Gracious, what an obedient lot we are, Tilly….you have us well trained…


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:07 #

      Thank you. That’s a compliment I can appreciate 🙂


  13. sufilight August 19, 2011 at 21:09 #

    I appreciate compliments especially if they are sincere. Why not? It’s a sad old world in need of joy. Your blogs make me smile and sometimes chuckle reason why I subscribed to your blog. Laughter is the greatest compliment for a comedian, so I love your blog! Won’t tell you it’s awesome, nope, that’s between me and my keyboard. So there! 🙂


  14. Hattie August 19, 2011 at 22:03 #

    Hmm. I take you too seriously to compliment you.


  15. totsymae1011 August 19, 2011 at 22:55 #

    Okay, I won’t compliment you. Not today anyway, as I’m seeing that you’re in need of therapy or a patch. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:09 #

      You can come again because you totally get me 🙂


  16. barb19 August 20, 2011 at 00:08 #

    We can’t have you feeling uncomfortable with fulsome flattery Tilly, but I have to say you do make me laugh – i’s one of the reasons I subscribed to your blog, so I’m not apologizing for that bit of flattery because it’s true. Accept it!
    I won’t say anymore!


  17. Mike Patrick August 20, 2011 at 01:01 #

    Okay, now you’re scaring me. I’m going to send a scathing letter to your editor.


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:11 #

      Ed must have seen it coming because this comment went straight to spam. Do I get a compliment for rescuing you?


  18. Perfecting Motherhood August 20, 2011 at 06:30 #

    Boo hoo, you really suck. Which would be an insult unless you’re a vacuum cleaner. Please continue to disappoint us with your hilarious posts, and we’ll make sure we stop posting compliments. 😉


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:12 #

      Readers! Readers! Gather round, please…this is how it’s done. 🙂


  19. Cindy August 20, 2011 at 07:19 #

    You’re a horrible woman, but we can’t help loving you.


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:13 #

      Thank you Cindy. I really appreciate that 🙂


  20. eof737 August 20, 2011 at 08:36 #

    Cor blimey Tilly! Fishing for more fulsome flattery, are we then? 😦
    You can tell me I’m fab any day, love… 😉


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 09:15 #

      You are fab; but I promise I’m not fishing for compliments – they make me uncomfortable. Take a look back and you’ll see I answer them the same way every time, with a Thanks 🙂 Thank you 🙂 or complete silence 🙂


  21. Piglet in Portugal August 20, 2011 at 11:37 #

    OK what do your friends call you?


    • Tilly Bud August 20, 2011 at 11:45 #

      I don’t have any friends. They get offended when they pay me compliments and I punch them.



  22. earlybird August 20, 2011 at 12:26 #

    I think it’s all been said. Quit whingeing woman!


  23. Patti August 20, 2011 at 16:13 #

    Oh, Tilly – you overwhelm us with your humility and unassuming spirit. One can’t help but be impressed. I beg your forbearance at my blatant disregard for your plea for no compliments, but trust that with your generous nature, you will be able to forgive me my uncontrollable excesses of praise. 😉


    • Tilly Bud August 21, 2011 at 17:04 #

      You’re just not getting it, are you? 🙂


  24. petradragon September 1, 2011 at 15:53 #

    Okay – so I’ve just subscribed to your blog because it’s so rubbish! Does that help?
    (Sorry – always been a poor lier!)



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