TradeShark Diary – 10th December 2019

Is it the new season yet? Actually it hasn’t been so bad this year. It’s only taken me 9 years to get it right. Normally I do nothing for a week or two and then realise how much work I have to get done to update the website before the new season starts. Then it’s a bit of a panic to catch up. This time I didn’t start with the relaxation and got lots done in the first few days. Yesterday I finished updating the player notes for the members’ pages which is my least favourite task of the year. Now I just have a few videos to record an updated commentary for. Piece of cake.

I should probably give a tiny apology for the last two diary posts. I usually give trolls zero attention which is by far the best way to deal with them. Those two posts were aimed at one particular individual as I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist a reaction. I get virtually no nasty comments or feedback. Maybe one or two a year and they’re usually pretty weak efforts that wouldn’t bother a 5 year old.

Here’s a little tip if I do irritate you enough to troll me. Don’t do it in the tennis closed season. I’ve got lots of time on my hands!

Anyway there was something different about this one. The comments were also pretty feeble but they seemed very angry. Yes I know trolls are often angry but I got the feeling that I knew this person. What confused me at first was the fact that it seemed to be written by a kid. The type of anger you might see from a 14/15 year old who is struggling with puberty and has just had his X-Box confiscated.

When you post a comment on a WordPress blog the blog owner gets a notification email that includes the IP address of the person who posted. It’s probably the same on all blogs but I use WordPress. I checked for the IP address on my live stats site and there he was along with his internet service provider, home town, postcode, Windows version, browser info and screen size.

I keep virtually all emails. If i get a question from a TradeShark member it can be useful to check back on any conversations we have had or maybe check when or if they signed up etc. I searched my emails for this kid’s home town.

I was right. I do know him.

He used to run a trading service. It has now folded and his site address is up for sale. He had asked me to promote his service in 2013. I don’t really remember any details about his product but it must have been decent as i did promote it. According to the emails from him he paid me almost £3K in commission so my endorsement must have made him a few quid. The commission was paid via Paypal so I also have his full postal address.

I was going to do a full exposé with all his details and screen shots but I can’t really be bothered. He might be mentally ill and I don’t want to tip him over the edge. I emailed him to let him know I was thinking about writing about him with all details or that I might even make a Youtube video about him. Obviously he might not still have the same email address although it’s his Paypal address too.

Six years is a long time to hold a grudge. I won’t go into details about why he might be pissed off. I called him out on something he did and withdrew all endorsement of him and his product.

Sad really.

In other news, next week we have a little tennis. The WTA Challenger in Limoges was moved from the end of November to mid December for some reason. There are usually some decent players in the tournament and liquidity should be good. I’ll be covering it for the Trading Tips emails and will post round predictions on the blog and also on Twitter.

Have a great week!

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