|Doesn't take much "fame" to attract spam...|
Not being a drama queen, I know that the topic at hand falls between the categories of blessing and curse. You go out and do your best to gain readership and your blog begins to be frequented by actual human beings (i.e., not just automated bots like vampirestat or adsensewatchdog) — yay! Then some of those human beings are actually sufficiently touched by your content to provide actual feedback in the form of a comment or an email — double yay!
But then you notice that some comments are just plain odd. Like this one:
"Nicely presented information in this post, I prefer to read this kind of stuff."
Err...? Are you saying that you prefer it over something else that I've written? Also, as it's a sewing tutorial, it's really not so much about the reading. And quite frankly, the last time I was told that I had presented information "nicely", it was probably a PowerPoint about highway traffic regulations.
Intrepid little techie that I am, I did a Google search on the above string and came up with 154,000 results. There was no discrimination whatsoever — that exact phrase was left behind on every type of site you can imagine. And of course, it's the opportunity to leave a link that attracts this type of spam. (For the record, I don't mind fellow bloggers and crafters leaving behind their personal links, but I will remove anything commercial in nature that does not relate to my blog at all.)
Let's put it this way... if you want to promote your business, you better write the most eloquent tribute to my post or blog before doing so. And I don't mean something like this:
"This is such an excellent idea! i really like the thought of getting compartments in your purse and was considering shopping for one thing just like the bag only for the organization facet thus thanks for this alternative! "Nicely given data during this post, I opt to browse this sort of stuff." The handbag organizer appearance nice, one thing I undoubtedly would like for my mess of a bag! assume i am attending to go get myself one currently thus give thanks you!"
This one got 30 results on Google. The person who left this comment has, in fact, left several identical wordy comments on many sites, dropping various links as she does so.
Just goes to show that no matter what your door, the spam will come knocking.
But on the topic of comments, I will close with a question for anyone reading this post: when you leave a comment, do you care if it is acknowledged by the blogger? I must admit to being a bit perturbed when I leave a comment — that isn't just a "thank you, that was great" — and it isn't answered in some way... does it matter to you?