How Spammers Have Helped My Self Esteem

[T]his post is inspired by a Scott McClellan tweet in which he wrote: “How do you tell a spam blog comment from a real one? Most of the time, the spam comment will be more polite.” If you don’t manage your own blog, this might not make sense to you. If you do, it is hilariously profound…and true. So I decided to look through some of the spam comments that were left on my blog that my filter caught. Before now, you’d never read these here, and you’d totally miss how much these spammers think of me. Check out a few of their sincere compliments to my creativity and overall impressiveness. Each of these comes with a fantastic link to a website that I won’t include here (nor will I correct the grammar in them). Spam Comments
“Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.” “Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.” “That is pretty intriguing. It gave me some ideas and I’ll be writing them on my website soon. I’m bookmarking your site and I’ll be back. Thank you again!” “I bookmarked this web page a while ago because of the new content and I have never been disappointed. Continue the outstanding work.” “Thanks for an interesting article. After looking through different websites I finally found something worth reading.” “I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success.” “Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.”
Clearly the assumption many spammers have taken is that if they compliment a blogger then he’s sure to approve the comment. Fortunately for me, I have enough honest people around me that it would be a bit tough for me to believe the sincerity of comments like these. Or maybe I should start spamming comments from people like you and approve only comments like these? Something to think about…

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