Sly Spam

I am so popular.

I get literally oodles of comments every day with this blog. But wait, maybe I’m not so popular because 90% of them are spam. I have software which filters out the real comments from the spam-ulous comments and I have to approve the legitimate comments (hence the occasional delay!)


Most of the spam comments are absolute gook filled with nonsense words or jumbled letters. But some of them are crafty. They try to be personal while not really referencing anything in particular. I wonder how many hapless bloggers are duped by comments like this:

Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, as well as the content!

Often complimentary comments come from email addresses like

Something tells me that is not a legitimate commenter. But it is sly. No doubt hours of programming have gone into writing code to troll the internet commenting wildly on anything and everything. No doubt time and talent been devoted to this endeavor.

But why?

Why is this what someone has chosen to devote time and energy to? What larger purpose does sly spam have? We each have a finite amount of time, energy, money, and space in our lives and what we devote our resources to matters. How often do I use my limited resources to create “spam” leaving a trail of annoyances, chasing after the wind, or “ploughing the ocean” as my friend says.  I want to devote my resources to something that will outlast me.  Where are you spending your time, energy, and talents? And risking sounding like Dr. Phil, “How’s that working out for you?”




1 comment / Add your comment below

  1. But you DO make blogging look easy and I really like your layout and content 🙂 Your point about using your time on pursuits with real value is well taken.

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