I love blogging. The text is short, sweet, and to the point. Usually around 500 words. I like to hunt for a photo that catches my eye to capture the attention of readers, like you. I love to hear from readers and other writers. I love to search for other blogs, it’s a scavenger hunt of sorts, and at least once a week, I take a few minutes for my quest.
However, I’m not a fan of spam.
About.com defines spam as: unsolicited commercial advertisements distributed online.
(Although I had to edit their spelling because they posted: Definition: The term spam refers to unsolicated commercial advertisments distributed online.)
Last year when I blogged about taking the Twitter challenge, I had just started experimenting with that social media (more like bumping around in cyberspace trying to figure it out- and I am still lost there.) My blog somehow hit a mother lode of spam. I was getting more spam posts than reader posts; so much so, I deleted that post about the Twitter challenge. Interestingly, the spam trickled to almost nothing. Any bloggers out there have this same experience? What did you do?
To give me a chuckle every now and then, I started saving the spam notes sent to my blog. These are uncut, un-tampered with, unedited replies:
1) you are in point of fact a good webmaster. The site loading pace is amazing. It sort of feels that you’re doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a excellent activity in this topic!
My reply: I’m not a webmaster, but thank you for elevating me to someone with that type of knowledge. I wish I knew how to do unique tricks, like how to write while getting a massage on the beach in Hawaii.
2) You understand thus considerably when it comes to this matter, made me in my view consider it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be fascinated until it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs nice. All the time handle it up!
My reply: I don’t even know how to reply to this message.
3) of course like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very bothersome to tell the reality then again I will certainly come back again.
My reply: Help me, help you. Give me a clue? Which reality are we talking about?
4) hey, sup? how are you today, I like you, do you like me?
My reply: The Tao of ‘yes’ is: Maybe, or Maybe not.
5) This is a great website!!! I like your website very much and I’ll subscripe to it if you post more articles like this! Do you like XXX take a look on my profile!
My reply: I don’t know about XXX. What I do know is that many Cajuns have an “x” at the end of their name, such as Boudreaux, Robicheaux and Thibodeaux. There is a debate about the “x” with some claiming it originated when folks couldn’t write and put an “x” by their name.
I recently read where one historian suggests that the “-eaux” ending was done to standardize Cajun surnames ending in an “o” sound.
All I can say is Spam – be it cyberspace junk or from a can – by any definition is not for me.
What about you?