Monday, March 06, 2006

On Comments

My father suggested I write a blog about the comments I get. Dad is a dedicated reader, albeit a lurker, so I guess I owe him one. He says that he enjoys reading the comments as much as he does my blog.

Dad says he is waiting for one of my blogs to draw at least 15 comments.
Whereupon I replied, “If you go back, I think you’ll see some of my blogs have 15 comments or better. Sometimes people comment on the older . . . “

“No, no, no. I don’t count it when you comment on your own blog. Or when people comment twice.”

Okay, so he’s going technical on me. He didn’t say that spam comments don’t count. But I imagine they can’t. My “Why I Need Viagra Blog” drew 25 comments, my record. Most of those comments, however, were spam with links to various products and services. Of course, I wrote that blog deliberately as an experiment to see if I could attract spammers. I did. Successful test.

In fact, I was so successful at attracting spam that I eventually had to use “word verification” to stop the spam. That worked, but word verification makes it more difficult to comment, so when Bornfool suggested that spammers had cooled it for now, I de-activated word verification last week.

So what happened? Some stupid spammer went right to my “Why I Need Viagra Blog” this past weekend and added his own comment with a link to a champions-on-ice ticket site. Now, never mind that this Viagra blog is buried in my archives, almost five months old. Why would anyone think that someone interested in Viagra might also be interested in figure skating? You have to have a pretty dirty mind to conjure up a link between the two.

Hmmmm, I don’t know if this is the kind of blog my dad envisioned me writing here. I know he’s pondered things like whether Bonnie has a dual personality since she sometimes comments as Bonnie, sometimes as Bernadette. I don’t know. Maybe something to do with her being a Michigan State alumnus.

We’ve both wondered about the anonymous comments I sometimes get. We think they come from family members, maybe even disgruntled ones, perhaps irked over a humorous birthday card I sent (it was funny, though).

I do appreciate the comments. To all who have lended their time to write--anonymously or not--something funny, informative or supportive . . . thanks! Maybe that's all my father wanted me to say afterall.


Blogger Peter said...

Hi Dave, you may have opened another can of worms here, whether we openly admit it or not we all love to get comments, it's nice if they are complimentary or agree with our point of view, but hey, a comment is a comment.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Hi Dad, nice to know you are out there. Why don't you comment every once in a while? We would love to hear what you have to say.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's the difference between a lurker and a reader? lurker sound's so ah, dark. did you ever think the dad might be anonymous.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous kristy said...

I get famous comments too. Bill Gates seems to turn up frequently, right Hoss? (Just as an example)

8:41 AM  
Blogger bornfool said...

Thanks for the nod. I wonder, since you mentioned viagra in this post, if it will draw any spam.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Maria said...

For a long time my site remained without spam, but recently I get two or three a day. They are annoying and I delete before counting comments which like everyone else I like to get. Like your dad, I enjoy reading the comments on others blogs. It amazes me how often I find them to be from bloggers that I am familiar with.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Here's my comment, Dave. Oh...that means I'm supposed to actually comment?
Saying "hi" to your dad. I know for sure, if my dad were still here, he would have just loved the concept of blogs and I'm sure it would have been a daily past time for him. So I'm happy to see that your dad is enjoying it. Happy Wednesday to both of you.

9:59 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Hi, Dad. Hi Big Dave. Hi me. Hi all you commenters.

Hi Viagra. Hi humorous birthday cards.

(Whom did I leave out?)

5:02 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~ Thanks for your visit to Herons Nest. Glad you found a bit to interest you.
I bet your Dad is so proud of you.
Be very glad he is still with you and
ask all those questions about his early life and yours. Too late some of us wish we had asked this or that.
When my grand-daughter taught me to use a computer, she said never ask anything with an x in it (for sex), so Viagra isa big step forward. She also said never to right click!!! That was early days, I agree about flying.

5:46 PM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

I listed to BF and took off my word verification too. No spammers. Of course, I've been such an absentee blogger of late, I suspect even the spammers have forgotten me!

PS: I'm glad you haven't!! Wish you were coming to Vegas!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave,s dad here,still not past 15,and you can count this comment,I am not the other anonymous,so I will count that one. Now lets see
if I can do this.Dad

6:42 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

Okay Dad...I'm number 12. Dave's not gonna let you down!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Now, if only we could get two more people to comment...

11:07 AM  
Blogger 4evergapeach said...

Hi Dave, I'll be #14. One more! Found you from Fire in the kitchen. Enjoy your site, a few lines had me laughing out loud. Dog walking post was a hoot! This MI weather is the pits! Warm enough for a walk yesterday but you may have gotten blown to Timbuktu! Have a good one, I'll sneek back sometime!

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dubya here. I had a little extra time waiting for the next catastrophy to conquer and surfed upon your blog ,I really like it.keep up the good work brownie,I mean big dave.

6:22 AM  
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