The Joys of Blogging…

August 10th, 2010

When I decided to start a blog on this site, my intention was that it would be a means of communication with all of you – whoever you are: a client, a friend, a colleague, or just someone who’s interested in film and video production. I look forward to having a dialogue about all things video/film, and I also love sharing some of the work I’m able to help create for my great clients.

One thing I didn’t anticipate when starting this was something all of us who have email have to deal with at some point or another – spam. I had no idea of the amount of spam I’d get through the blog. It doesn’t seem to matter what I post about, there is someone who obviously has nothing better to do then send out messages that have absolutely nothing to do with whatever it is that I’ve just posted about.

Some of them have been quite funny. Others have just been head scratchers… just what were these people thinking? It’s very apparent that these people, whoever they are, come up with stock responses to blog posts, and then just hope that the blogger doesn’t notice. But with a blog such as mine where I’m talking about something specific, it’s hard not to notice.

As you all don’t get a chance to read some of the quality spam I get on a daily basis, here’s a small sampling.

For my post on Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 being released here are some real gems:

“It is a pity, that now I can not express – there is no free time. But I will return – I will necessarily write that I think on this question.” – I didn’t know that the post really posed a question, but okay…you can get back to me.

“I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)”…um, it has nothing to do with any of those….

“I find myself coming to your blog more and more often to the point where my visits are almost daily now!” – While this one sounds nice and legit, it has come from numerous posters…same wording every time.

“I haven’ …” – I’m still waiting for this person to finish their thought…still waiting.

“very well information you write it very clean. I’m very lucky to get this information from you.” – good to know I write clean…whatever that means! Although I don’t know if a compliment from this person about writing is really very meaningful.

“Being a blawger is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.” – okay, sometimes I do feel this way…

“Look forward to your upcoming book” wow, me too! Someone should really tell me that I’m writing a book because I don’t know what it’s about…or that I’m even writing one!

“Going to see Mike Koglin Tonight. Its gonna be excellent. There playing with Ricardo Villalobos.” I’ve no idea who these people are, or why I would need to know that. I hope they had a good time!

“I am final, I am sorry, but you could not give more information.” – I hate it when I am final…is there anything worse then being final?

And my personal favorite:
“I just farted” but then again who among us hasn’t?

As you can see from this small sample, I get some interesting stuff sent to me. I’d love to know just who sends this stuff out. Who knows what they’ll send in response to this post!

2 Responses to “The Joys of Blogging…”

  1. August 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm, Becky Sangha said:

    Yes, this is truly a problem with blogs. I found that the Askimet plugin nearly eliminated spam and was easy to set up. However, it doesn’t do anything for virus or malicious code protection. I just had the horrible experience of having malicious code placed all over my entire website to the point of being blocked by google. According to my website host, it had entered through the blog. I have now moved my blog off of my company website, host it on the wordpress server and just link it back because it was an absolute pain in the you know what to get it all wiped out and reload the site. Not to mention I have to start from scratch getting my sites optimized for search engines. Aargh!

  2. August 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm, Parker said:

    Ha – Eric, great post. The spam I get on my blog are written even worse and most times about viagra…just what a photographer needs. Your comments are hilarious.