I've become slightly obsessed by the spam comments I'm getting on this blog, and thought I'd share a few more with you. Sadly, I'm not seeing much poetry or koan-style wisdom in this fresh batch... though a few do possess a certain verve:
"Man its an enjoyable experience of the season going to the 2-tracks and do some off-roading, I love my f450! Can’t wait to fire up my 4×4!!"
Well, indeed. Not strictly relevant to the blog in question (which was a rambling note about choosing mugs to drink your tea out of), but who doesn't love to fire up a 4x4, and who doesn't love their f450? Whatever that is. Then there's...
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Hmm. "Issues posting comments" doesn't seem to cover it, my friend. It reads like you got run over or shot in the attempt. (This comment, like all the others, is quoted in its entirety. I'm not editing or cutting to make them look weird or dumb. There's no need.)
"This makes sense, but more people need to read it to get legs."
Excellent point. I think. More people do need to read my blog to get legs. I've been saying this for ages. Other posters are yet more fulsome in their praise:
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You're very welcome, alcocheckpoint.com. But the next guy goes yet further:
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I felt a tear in my eye when I read this. If there's something I've always striven for as a writer, it's to be price sufficient. It's not all praise, however: a gentleman called "Cosmic Ordering" was less satisfied:
"The subsequent time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my option to read, however I actually thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could repair in the event you werent too busy searching for attention."
Actually, that could be a genuine comment: I do indulge in a bunch of whining from time to time. Speaking of odd names, though...
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What the hell kind of parent calls their kid that? It's just wrong. And also, who would boast thus...
"Been around dogs my entire life and I haven’t killed one yet. I plan to always have one or more. I did not go to dog school or read a book or any other thing before owning a dog. If I have a question about a dog, I ask my vet or my friend who raises them."
I've been around people my entire life and haven't killed one yet either. I'm not sure that's something to boast about, especially when the word "yet" suggests an inner fear that it's only a matter of time before a hound expires at your hand. What I still don't understand is what these comments are supposed to achieve. The last one, for example, has no links to dog or vet-related sites. So... WTF? Naturally there's the obvious SEO tosspots:
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Moron. Go get a real job. But what are the rest about? Am I supposed to read them and think "Goddamn, you're wise. At last, I have found my guru", and go seek out the web site mentioned in the posting information, like alpinereviews.info, or emuaid.com/boil-treatment.html or bestcureforeczema.net/eczema-free-forever.html?
If so... it's really, really, really not going to happen, people. You be wasting my time, and yours. If not, and this genuinely is part of some weird metaphysical campaign of enlightenment, then I'm afraid your meaning remains unclear to me, master. Perhaps I'm simply not worthy.