Tired of blogging? – tired of life

I’m more than happy that, as the Pew Foundation reports, the chatter has moved elsewhere:

Since 2006, blogging has dropped among teens and young adults while simultaneously rising among older adults. As the tools and technology embedded in social networking sites change, and use of the sites continues to grow, youth may be exchanging ‘macro-blogging’ for microblogging with status updates.

Blogging lives amongst the elderly, but it is disappointing that the comment spammers – or rather, those who command them – haven’t learned anything. With an effective captcha installed on a blog, only credible comments get through. That means that now three-quarters of comments to this blog are “I agree with your post” or some such inane response. What do these guys, flogging the slaves in Kolkota or wherever, think they’re achieving? It’s money down the pan – gets you no Google juice and p****s me off.

10 thoughts on “Tired of blogging? – tired of life

  1. I agree with John’s comment AND your post. :)

    I’m down to getting only a couple of these a week now. You are using Akismet to filter, yes?

    You’d think the spammers could all migrate to Twitter together. … If they want to comment without link value, all the cool SM websites can do that!

  2. I agree with this post. It is only through meaningful conversations such as this that we can reveal our true feelings and interact productively.

  3. I resorted to comment moderation a while ago, despite maintaining that I wouldn’t go that route. The thing which kills me the most is getting spam comments from a so-called a “subject matter expert” from India who self-righteously spouts her crappy legally-themed drivel all over my posts. And yes, her comments are always helter-skelter trips into the bleeding obvious!

    Thankfully, I get emailed whenever a new comment is left so as fast as she submits them, I delete them. But this game of cat and mouse over comments gets a bit trying after a while. :-(

  4. I agree with your post.

    I started a blog in July and unfortunately it doesn’t have Captcha or anything similar, but at least the comments must be moderated.

    I have had over 1000 spam comments and about eight genuine ones. Some of the spam is of the ‘great blog post, buy cheap viagra’ variety but most doesn’t even try to relate to the blog at all. 90% of it is appended to the same post each time – don’t know why.

  5. The problem is automated scripts and people selling the services on ‘webmasters forums’

    There is people out there willing to find and spam 100’s of blogs at a time with total rubbish and they are doing it by hand which means that all the anti spam in the world does not help.

    I’ve had a similar problem but I’ve found by making people actually register it’s slowed the spam down, also if you notice one of the registered people spamming you just remove there account.

  6. Thanks all for the contributions. I did originally intend to publish all the comments submitted – including the spam ones, some of which were (given the context) quite clever – but in the end the party pooper in me decided to zap them.

    Texas DUI attorney and the like – go play in the traffic or take a jump in the lake.

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