Rarely do I get so inspired that I crank one out on the spur of the moment. But today, I got my inspiration from British Blogger John McNally and his post on Spam.
For you non-bloggers, Spam is the same stuff you get in your e-mail account, from folks wanting to sell ya something or direct you to their site for dubious reasons; mainly to sell you something. We bloggers get Spam, not as e-mails, but as comments. This really pisses us bloggers off, cause WE WANT people to comment on our post. Makes us feel good, and, adds to those stats we follow so diligently: ‘Hey someone is actually reading this shit.’
A lot of times spam is filtered out, just as your Yahoo or G mail account does. But sometimes it gets by, and it’s hard to tell. John gave a couple of instances, of where it was hard to detect if the reply was or was not Spam. They were vague, generic type comments, which only remotely, in the furthest stretch of ones metaphoric imagination, had anything to do with the original post. John’s conclusion was: Spammers are becoming evermore creative, and out-doing the systems available to screen them out.
My conclusion was not so conspiratorial, but rather: Blogging has become obsolete and Spam, the new mode of social networking. It’s clever, almost haiku in nature, and gives one food for thought: ‘Is this real or not?’ Kinda like reading my Blog.
Well, having earlier taken some ‘medication’ for thought. I felt it was time for a National Fool A Blogger Week. Congress is always passing some national day of this or that. Why not blogging? It’s the biggest growth industry among senior citizens.
So, all week, make-up as many vague, generic comments your room temperature I Q can muster, and post (reply) them far and wide. Then, instead of wondering if I am real or not, we’ll wonder if You are. Be creative, but non-specific.