I realize that spam (the unwanted electronic missives we get and not the—by now attractive by comparison—processed and canned meats) is a fact of life.
I just don’t get it. On any given day, I can go into the comments section of garisonfitch.com and find fifty to two hundred useless bits of spam. Most of them aren’t even disguised as actual messages.
Just comment after comment that says, “Buy generic drugs”. Sometimes, they’ll even go so far as to say, “Buy Vie-agra!” or some other misspelled pharmaceutical. Who are these little ads supposed to work on? Do they really think someone who is surfing the web about independent Kindle authors is going to see their droppings and think, “You know, I think I will trust my health to someone who can’t spell!” Of course not. They’re not trying to reach anyone who’s thinking. I just have a hard time believing there are enough brain-dead people out there in this world to make this pay off.
[I am by no means trying to insinuate that the actual brain dead are dumb enough to fall for this stuff. Just an expression.]
And then the other kind of spam I get is that ten of my posts will suddenly receive the exact same comment. Something like, “Enjoyed ur post! I have never read anything like this and will be back again!” What makes me think that is not a genuine compliment? Because besides appearing on the blog I wrote about the town of Como, Colorado, it also appears in the comment section for the two sentence blog where I announced that I am now on Twitter.
These trolls are irritating, but not as scary as the thought that—somewhere out there in this world—are people who are actually swayed by these little ads! And some of them are probably allowed to drive!