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Top Creepy Spam Comment

I got this comment on my most recent blog post - one that was just a short rundown of my progress on life, art and Nanowrimo. It had no slant whatsoever, no premise other than "this is stuff going on in my life." It had a color study of a landscape in it, some progress on artwork.

The comment was titled: Top Travel Destinations

That alone would label it as spam. Here's the text:

I have a problem with the overall premise of your article but I still think its really informative. I really like your other posts. Keep up the great work. If you can add more video and pictures can be much better. Because they help much clear understanding. :) thanks
My travel blog (URL Deleted: "Top Travel Destinations").

The post was just a short progress report on my art and writing - the color sketch and my catching up on Nanowrimo but worried that I won't actually finish this year because so much other stuff in real life is taking up my time.

I got mad because while I'm sure this poster was just a hit and run spammer trying out a new strategy for "make a generic post that looks like a real one so it won't be deleted," in context to a personal diary post it comes off like vicious, content-free personal criticism. What is the "problem" the poster has with my doing color studies as preliminaries to paintings? Or is it with my worrying about money after paying an important bill? Or worrying about catching up on Nanowrimo without any detail about the novel?

Oh right. I should add video about my worrying about money or sweating over my novel. Riiight... really makes sense. If I do an art video, it's a different post. That's its own post. It had one picture. Additional pictures of my worrying or typing would not have improved it.

What exactly IS the premise? Is it that blogs aren't supposed to be personal diaries? That's what they started out as. Sure, some of my blogs are informational, mini personal publications with a topic and articles that stick more or less to the listed topic. This one is just about my life.

So are a lot of others.

My consolation is that whoever the Mystery Spammer is, at some point he or she will auto-post that comment to something that he or she agrees with 100% and fervently supports. It was anonymous of course. But given that phrasing, the spammer's as likely to undercut something they believe in as anything else.

Watch for this post and delete it if it turns up on your blog. It's a fake. It just topped my list of looniest ugly spam though. That was just too much. I might have believed it if my post had something to do with travel and had a rant in it, but it's not real.

Top Travel Destinations has zero topical relevance to my life. I do love to travel, but if I do it's usually for personal reasons that have nothing to do with how popular the destination is. More my own specific relationships and interests.
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Nov. 14th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
that sort of spam is almost laughable, because I've gotten a few on my wordpress foodie blog that are the same, husb gets them constantly.

Once in a while they're such wierd gibberish they verge on Jabberwockian art forms.

I wouldn't be terribly upset or flustered by it, because its really nothing at all to do with you, its pre programmed bots spamdumping.

( I occasionally post the more elegantly strange ones, tho. because they're funny)
Nov. 14th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
You're right. I'm more angry on principle, that's just wrong to blindly spam criticism without even reading what's being criticized. I had enough trouble dealing with insecurity about my writing. It's like getting a rejection when you haven't sent anything in.
Nov. 15th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
its a bot not a human, so think of some lonely little toaster oven spamming the internets....:D

I know I was at first "HEY!" oh. Wait. That can't be real. Its the digital age version of the million monkeys with typewriters and once in a while it looks like english but it has no meaning whatsoever.

It really isn't a reflection on your blog, they slap the same comment up everywhere, constantly. We delete them and have a good giggle over the more ridiculous sounding ones.
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, you're right. I should laugh it off. But the psychology behind it is definitely creepy. I hate to think of it, but I suspect the spam ad works for some people.
Nov. 15th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
I got spam supposedly left by Five Finger Toe Shoes and other whacky stuff. Spam bots. They're soooo dumb. On so many levels.

Of course, I think the world would be better off without them but from their perspective, if they get even one of a thousand people who see their comments to go to their sites, that translates into enough sales to motivate them to keep doing what they're doing.
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Yep. What I don't get is why someone would respond to criticism by clicking a link to go shopping. That's just creepy!
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
I don't think they think the content and nature of their will pull people over to their site. I think they know enough people might wander over just because they made themselves visible somewhere.

And they don't really care how they come across.
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
You're probably right.
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