Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Price of Fame

For the first time since I started this blog in 2005 I've had to turn on word verification. I'm getting slammed with spam from dummies from overseas with commercial sites. They're pretending to be reading the blog and commenting on my wonderful content and excellent layout. All have badly worded comments that are obviously from a translation and probably being sent by bots.

First, I'm not stupid. I don't have anything approaching wonderful content. It is a personal journal that gets comments mostly from people I've been acquainted with in some way for years. While I do like the visual aspect of my blog, again, it isn't typical nor earth shaking. So, obviously, the dopes sending the lunch meat can't even program their bots to fool anyone. What a waste of time.

Just like the canned counterpart, spam stinks, tastes nasty, and is more or less meat parts trying to pass for steak. So, I've turned on the word verification feature and you'll have to type in a bunch of numbers or letters and submit if you comment, making it more difficult and frustrating for some to leave a comment.

Ah, the price of fame. Suddenly, I'm worth spamming. Who knew.


  1. Cynthia...every time I have ever commented on your blog I have had to do the word verification...I thought you knew.

  2. I haven't reached you level of fame yet, so pardon me if I am jealous, lol.

    1. LOL, I'm sorry, Matt. It wasn't my fault, I assure you. Would you like me to spam you?

      Actually, they're really stupidly worded. The first one I couldn't make sense of. I wouldn't have known about it but I get an email notice of comments so I can respond quickly to them, not for moderation. When I looked for the comments to see who in the world sent them, I couldn't fine them. They were in my spam folder. Anonymous sent them but ever one has a link to some marketing website.

      Incidentally, they've gotten a bit better at the wording, marginally, so the bot is learning as it goes.