I’ve mentioned this before, but one of my first goals when I started this blog was to get a comment on it from someone I didn’t know.
Not on the facebook page, but on the actual blog post itself.
I don’t know how other bloggers feel, but for me, that was a measure of some degree of success.
And when people comment, and take the time to give feedback, I really appreciate it.
But I haven’t been getting that many comments on the blog.
It has been kind of bothering me.
I mean, I’ve been Number 1 on Top Mommy Blogs for a while now.
By the way, thank you for the votes.
Please keep them coming.
Anyway, other blogs, who are much farther down the list, with many less followers than mine, will have at least a couple comments following many of their posts.
Sometimes even dozens.
And I had multiple posts with not a peep from anyone.
Every day I get a lot of spam comments on the blog.
And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.
Hundreds of them.
For instance, lista de email leaves about 25 comments a day.
And they all say this:
Trialasevibra left me 15 comments the other day.
They said this:
The next time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my selection to read, but I truly thought youd have something intriguing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining…
My favorites are from penis traction at cheappenisextenders.com.
They say this:
penis traction, penis traction devices, penis traction device
So a while back, they started to get so out of control, that I had to change the settings in the “discussion” area of the blog.
If I enter the the name of the “person” leaving the comment, or the email address, that comment goes directly into the “spam” folder.
Which I never check.
Yesterday my husband asked me if I saw the comment he left in response to Patti and her smoking remarks.
There was nothing there.
It’s not the first time he’s left a comment that has mysteriously entered cyberspace, never to been seen again.
I was sure he was doing something wrong.
But he’s not the first person to tell me that they’ve had trouble leaving a comment.
That they’ll take the time out of their day to say something, press enter, and POOF!
The comment says it’s been sent, but it never appears.
I found your comments.
All of them.
I had never thought to look in the spam folder…
Anne, from Life on the Funny Farm, my blog does like you.
It really, really likes you.
George, I found all your incredibly kind comments regarding Lose to Win.
Kara, when you shared the story of what happened with your daughter and it never showed up and I never replied, well,
I found that one too.
The Judge Judy post I wrote a couple weeks ago was one of the most popular posts I’ve ever written, but only one person commented.
I was pretty bummed.
Yesterday I found ten missing comments in response to that post.
Lisa, I just found all your really encouraging comments regarding my weight loss.
Renee, when I told you maybe it was your computer, well, it wasn’t.
It was me.
By marking commenters like “lista de email” as spam, I did stop most of the spam comments from coming through.
What I didn’t realize was that when a comment contains any of those words not just in the email address or name, but also in the content of the comment, that it would go directly into the spam folder.
And it also seeks out part of words and blocks those too.
So it not just “lista” that’s blocked.
“List” is too.
And so on.
So last night I started the task of going through my spam comments.
There are 502 pages of them.
Over 10,000 comments.
Last night, I found over 150 real, not spam, comments.
I promise you, I will find the rest of them.
Until then, please know that I feel like a complete tool.
And I apologize.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to reply.
Thanks for the feedback.
Thanks for the support and encouragement.
Thank you for sharing your personal stories.
Please don’t stop.
We all like to hear what you say.
Even if you leave some judgemental, ignorant remark.
Actually, sometimes those comments end up being the most entertaining of all 🙂
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