I suppose it is inevitable.
Once you get a certain amount of readership on a blog, comment spam will ensue.
Until a few days ago, Tigers & Strawberries had been blissfully untouched by the phenomina, but that has changed.
This morning, I awoke to twenty-seven bogus comments from a variety of “commenters,” all advertising for a culinary school blog which has a sum total of two content-free posts.
So here is a free clue to all of the identities that add up to the same person who wants people to desperately read his or her blog:
Emily, jordan, sara, trinity, jasmine, anna, natalie, amber and anonymous–if you want people to read your blog, please put some content up there worth reading. If you did so, other bloggers might promote you for free, without you having to send a spambot out to plaster links to your blog all over other people’s comments.
Comment spam, even when it includes the words, “Your blog is great, I have bookmarked it (no shit–I kinda figured that out when I got twenty-seven comment notifications in my email, dumbass), and will return to it again and again,” is still rude, annoying and irritating. The kind words ring very false when it is obvious that all you are doing in making a comment is shilling for your own blog.
Another clue: if you post a comment to another blog that has something incisive and interesting to say that is in context to the blog post in question, then people will read it and click on the link to your profile or blog and read what you have to say there. Lots of readers here have found me in that way.
And if you have employed a spambot or two to plaster your link all over my blog–I have employed the option of word-verification in order to thwart that possibility.
So, to regular readers and commentors, I apologize for the inconvenience of the extra step you have to take to post your words to my blog. As for spammers–this way, at least, you have to work for your ill-gotten gains.
That said, hopefully, I won’t have to make such a post again.
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