There’s something thrilling about receiving a notification for a comment on your blog. It’s not just a sign that someone has read it, it’s more than that. It means that they have been engaged enough to stick with it to the end and provoked enough to feel the need to respond. That’s a powerful feeling.
Six months in and I still get excited when a message pops up in my email. But there’s one way to deflate that feeling pretty quickly – comments from a spambot.
Spambots have a way of sucking the soul right out of you. I still can’t even quite comprehend their purpose in life, other than to really annoy bloggers. It’s not like they are subtly trying to sneak their way onto your comments. They hit you with a blunt force of spelling mistakes and completely contextually irrelevant gobbledegook.
I have noticed that there are some similarities with what the bots say each time, and today it became apparent why. Most of them are working from the same script.
How do I know this?
A spambot threw up in my comments.
It unleashed its entire arsenal of scripted comments in wave upon wave of nonsensical gibberish. I have taken some screenshots and included them below.
Perhaps I’m being overly cynical. Maybe this was a genuine comment from and actual person named Christal, with a genuine interest in making Silicone bracelets. If that is the case, I’m very sorry. I would be happy to acknowledge that I have ‘enormous ideas’ that have touched some ‘pleasant factors’. In regards to your question about whether I “get a lot oof [sic] spam feedback?” – I do get the occasional bit, yes. As for how I stop it, I have no earthy idea…
The following are screenshots of the extensive message left in my comments section. Do yourself a favour and don’t bother reading them. It will just make you lose all faith in humanity (or perhaps in robot-kind).
If you are considering using the below comments as the basis for your own spambot operation, good luck with that. Better yet, go get a real job.