Bloggers love to receive comments on their posts. It means somebody, somewhere, is reading their words. Their work, in other words, was worth it.
Or at least that’s what i thought.
“Somebody is reading my post. Somebody is interested in what i have to say. Those hours, when i could have been relaxing on the couch instead of fighting blogger’s block or tapping out several hundred words, were well spent.”
Turns out that not all of those ‘commentators’ are legit. Some are spammers scanning the net for places to secrete their evil seed.
When my iPhone beeped through an email message and i saw it was a comment to a blog post (yes, i’m anal enough to have them linked to my email account) i was intrigued. But before i clicked on the email message, i had received two more comments. Three messages in such quick succession? I’m no Not Quite Nigella, so i suspected something was up.
The first comment, in response to a post about hormone free beef, read:
“These kind of appetizer recipes give you a fresh take on what you should provide the next getaway potluck. rEgarding thanksgiving, christmas, or brand-new seasons eve, house prepares food can incredible their particular friends using…”
What the? Would anybody in their right mind click on a link to a website that promised some outlandish amount of free recipes when the those orchestrating the virtual hook-up have such bad English and grammar?
The sentence – if you can call the badly constructed selection of words – didn’t even end. It just tailed off into the website link.
The second random comment, in response to a cookbook review of Neil Jensen’s cookbook Urban Cook: Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future, read:
“People who have Weber bbq bbq grills recognize this specific — that every period all of us buy virtually any style of Weber propane gas grills, there is a totally free recipe book which matches the idea. But in addition to the …”
Again, the tail-off to the same web link.
So i’ve logged the messages as spam. And i’m looking for a better workaround. Comments anyone? But only if they’re legit.