I Got Spammed

I got spammed. I fell into the trap of new bloggers who get really excited when they are alerted that someone has commented on their blog. Someone commenting on my blog means, of course, that someone has read my blog! How exciting is that? Someone you don’t know has found your material, read it and felt compelled to comment on it! Wow!

Being fairly new to blogging except to post photographs and my handmade jewelry and things, the first time I saw I had a comment on a blog post I had written almost a year ago on “Priestly Garments in Exodus”, I was thrilled. After all, this was not really a post written for a blog, it was actually a paper I had written for my college class of “The Bible as Literature.” In this class, for each of the books of the Old Testament , we were tasked to write a paper on something we found interesting, touching, or otherwise reached out to us, or as was sometimes the case, just finding something to write the paper on. I chose the topic of the priestly garments strictly because there was such detailed information in the scripture as to what the priestly garments were supposed to look like.

I remember the very first comment I received on this blog post was a rather long one that did contain a lot of statements that had nothing to do at all with this blog. I found that rather odd and decided to edit the comment to what I thought was pertinent to the blog post. That poster responded with:

“Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!”

I wondered if I had offended with poster, but as I always do when someone comments on my blog, I like to go to their site to also see what they are doing and let them know I appreciate the time they took to read my blog and post a comment. This particular comment’s URL returned to “test.org”, which now is a URL that doesn’t even load anymore. I should have realized that there was something to this, but I let vanity get the best of me and posted a reply. This apparently opened the gates to spam comment hell.

I now find that almost daily I receive a comment on this blog post and I know it wasn’t all that interesting, but I guess that is the price I have paid for vanity. I’ve tried in vain to find out if I can eliminate comments on this particular blog post, but it doesn’t look like the free wordpress.com allows that. At least they are not asking me to rescue their $2,000,000 which are being withheld from them in a foreign country and I am the only trustworthy person they can find to help them with this problem!

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I did not specifically include the URLs for these comments so as not to encourage further spam comments. Do I like real comments? Of course I do! So any bloggers out there with real suggestions for fixing this problem would be greatly appreciated. If you find you can muddle through the Priestly Garments blog, feel free to comment on it too.


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