Let’s talk about Spam – This Post is not Spam

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We live in an age where spam is everywhere. I’m not talking about the unappetizing-looking canned meat that is SPAM (SPiced hAM) and sold like crazy in Hawaii. I’m talking about the unsolicited messages that pop up on your phone, email, and for bloggers, the comment section of our blogs.

The word spam defined as above was first used in 1994. Since that time, it has exploded more than TV political ads, car sales people with dogs sitting on trucks, and junk mail combined.

I’ve been blogging for eight years, and it occurred to me that some of my spammers don’t even try to act like they are real commenters. That is very disappointing. Where is the quest for excellence? So, I’m sharing some of my recent gems with you, complete with grammar and structure problems. Remember, mine is a humor or lighter side of life blog. I don’t solve anybody’s problems. Sometimes I even make fun of them. Here goes:

  1. “Helped me a lot, just what I was looking for.” – This was in response to a post about horseback riding with my grandkids.
  2. “I have to voice my love for your generosity for those people that really want guidance on this question. Your very own commitment to getting the solution up and down became especially advantageous and has continuously permitted most people like me to achieve their targets. Your entire invaluable guidelines denotes this much a person like me and especially to my office workers. Thanks from everyone.”  – That’s quite a mouthful of nothing.
  3. “I conceive you have observed some very interesting details.”
  4. “As a website owner I conceive the written content here is real wonderful, thanks for your efforts.”  – Often I seem to be responsible for mental conceptions. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
  5. “You are my inspiration. I own few blogs and rarely run out from to brand.” – It’s hard to argue with this one, but still I know it was spam.

After going over these, I thought about how I respond to people, especially people I know and love. I need to be a good listener and a genuine encourager.  Romans 12:9 starts with, “Let love be genuine.” Let’s not throw spam at each other – either kind. Nobody needs that.

 

 

This is Post #9 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post every day in April.

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. Bob Anderson

     /  April 9, 2019

    This post was so meaningful. It truly changed my life (or maybe just my wife’s life)

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  2. That’s a lot of spam, or Spam-a-lot. Either way it’s awful. Love this take on it though. I’ll never read my spam the same again. 😂😂

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  3. Loved your blog on Spam.
    Will email you a photo I wanted to post in this comment. 😘

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  4. Ah, Bonnie – you’ve bent “comment-spam” into a Scriptural lesson! No spam here! 😉

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    • It’s funny that you mention that because all of your comments have been going into my spam file. I don’t understand it. I’ll keep retrieving them! Thanks for commenting.

      Reply
  5. Just as I was reading your post, my phone rang thrice- each time just once. Because my computer runs a logic check on every incoming call- and those that are there just to annoy are sent to the squelchbox. (Both in noise and where they end up.)

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  6. Hate the spam too. I’ve had a few doozies as well. Gotta go with the flow, I guess. Or sign up for Akismet.

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    • WordPress is good about sorting it out, but I check it before I trash it because sometimes a real comment gets put it there. Thanks for the comment.

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  7. Shubhra Rastogi

     /  April 10, 2019

    Hi. I am not sending a spam comment. 🙂 Now when I read these comments – spam ones I had a smile. The first time I read them I used to wonder whether the person commenting has even read the post or not. But now I have finally installed a spam widget and I no more get these spam comments.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. WordPress is great about pulling out spam, but sometimes a real comment gets put in there so I check it regularly.

      Reply

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