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When I was a kid, my mother used to make me Spam sandwiches. If anyone has ever tried Spam, they’ll know it is a mournful fusion of entrails from pigs, blocked together in a colourful can. The name is supposed to originate from the phrase ‘Shoulder of Pork and Ham’, but anyone who has eaten the stuff knows really it stands for ‘Something Posing As Meat’, or ‘Spare Parts Animal Muck’.
The thing is, I liked Spam when I was younger. I have fond memories of curling up with a plate of Spam and pickle sandwiches and watching television. I think that’s why now, as a blogger, I take great delight in getting spam mail on my site.
The joy of your first comment…and the disappointment that it is spam
As my blog has grown, I have been beset by superb spamming mails posing as comments and feedback. When I was a newbie, I seized upon my first spam comment with great enthusiasm. How fantastic, that James from ‘Elongate your schlong’ wanted to discuss the beauty of language with me! I read his comment, confused as to what the link between Viagra and Virginia Woolf could be. I relegated it to the trash, disappointed, when I realised that James just wanted me to purchase from him and didn’t really like my post.
Over time, I have learned to delete spam, no matter how engaging and well written it is. I have come to know that Abi from the URL ‘greatboobs.com’ possibly doesn’t want to hire me as a blog writer. Despite this newfound cynicism, I have to admit I get a lot of pleasure from reading my spam comments. Someone out there is diligently crafting smashing snippets to adorn my blog, in the hope that I will be conned in to purchasing breast enlargements. Fantastic!
Championing the diligence of the humble spammer
I thought I’d share some of my favourite recent comments with you. They demonstrate the resourcefulness and brilliance that is spamming:
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Opening up a surreal world online
My all time favourite comment to date was from someone responding to a post I did on how to write a great resume.
‘I found this post when I was searching for advice online about how to deal with a heart attack. Thank you for the useful information.’
Someone was having a heart attack, and they took time out to read about CV etiquette? Why?
The beauty of the language of spam can’t be ignored. I love picking out strange dialects and mulling over the thoughts that may lie behind each sentence. As internet entrepreneurs, we are constantly hearing about why spam is bad, and that bloggers need to stamp it out. For myself, I hope I always get these beautiful snippets of craziness on my blog. It makes me remember why so many people choose to outsource their writing to professionals.
What’s your view on spam comments?
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