No, I’m not talking about the Hormel tinned “meat” product made from what was formerly known as ham (Shoulder of Pork and Ham). No, I’m not talking about Society for the Publication of American Music, the Space Planning and Management, or the Solar Powered Area Monitor. What the heck am I talking about?
I am talking about the SPAM that you get on your blog in the SPAM box.
If you look in a dictionary you will find two definitions of SPAM:
- “A tinned meat product made from ham”
- “Inappropriate or irrelevant messages sent via the internet to a large number of users”
“Inappropriate” and “irrelevant” pretty much covers most of it. And most of the time, it is just plain frustrating to see all that SPAM. From time to time I will find a legitimate comment that was routed to the SPAM folder. Aside from that, it is was it is… SPAM. Do they really think we are going to approve their comment with a link to something totally inappropriate and unrelated on all levels? Really? I don’t feel the need to advertise a certain Canadian Pharmacy that is selling certain enhancement drugs for amazingly low prices and I really am not interesting in pursuing the real estate in _______ (fill in the blank with what ever place you want to.)
In my book, there is a third type of SPAM comment – the one that can really lift your spirits and make you feel good (even though it still truly is SPAM!) These people take time out of their busy day to say words of encouragement and send me a link to their website – where I might find such helpful things as real estate, or where to buy gold or silver or even find pharmaceuticals in Canada. And let’s not loose that link to buying plastics on line or a certain special dating service in the Netherlands.
I must say, the encouraging words are so nice to read, but completely make no sense when you look at what post they have comments on…. “you have awesome ideas that you know how to express in so easy way” posted on Sunday Photos: Red! Well, I am glad photos of “red” made sense to you and that you think I know how to “express” it in such and “easy way.”
Not only do we (the wonderful contributors at NDIN) have such awesome ideas, but we get a lot of “thank you’s” and “appreciation” from these Spammers:
- “Thanks to your post I can solve some of my problems, thank you”
- “This is an awesome post, I appreciated it”
- “Thank you for providing us so many information, I always learn something here” (oh, they learned something – now we’re talkin’)
- “I really appreciate coming here everyday to see what’s new on your website, and I already told my friends to do the same” (they told all their friends on that “Special dating “website in the Netherlands that I mentioned earlier! So thoughtful, aren’t they?!
We are motivational, we are hard workers, we have great ideas:
- “You are such a hard worker” – spam comment on my personal blog on this photo post. Yup, it was hard taking a photo of a flower!
- “You have awesome ideas that you know how to express in so easy way” attached to this post on the deer that got into my back yard.
- “I love your posts, but I like this one more than the others, so i read it all over again” – Oh that’s so nice, but it is just photos.
- “Your motivational words are very helpful to me”
It is so nice to know we are being helpful and informative (and intelligent too):
- “I’m going to bookmark you here so I will be able to read at your new articles whenever I want. thanks for helping”
- “A friend recommended your website and I’m glad he did because it is very informative and entertaining”
- “This text is very well written, you must be a really intelligent person, keep up the good work”
Do you think the spammers think that if they are complimentary and nice in the SPAM comments that I will be smiling and think they are so nice that I should just click on their link to see what it is really about? Aahh, NO! The only reason I skim through the comments is to make sure a legitimate comment didn’t get over there by accident.
Has any of the SPAM comments in your box caught your attention before?
You can see what else I am up to over at Sincerely, Emily. The topics are varied, as I jump around from gardening to sewing to making bread or lotion and many things in between.