A Primer for Spammers

Posted on April 8, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , , |

Spammers (and trolls) are a bit like spree-killers, they are driven by the attention that they receive. The less they get, the better the rest of us are.

One of the popular tricks now is to start a WordPress blog that is empty and use it to “like” entries on legitimate blogs. When the hapless victim reciprocates, then they likely open themselves up to blogspam.

So, let’s take a look at how spammers frequently fail. In this post we are only looking at one technique: the empty blog.

If you are a spammer, you should consider making a few fake blog posts. If your “About” page says that this is “An example of a WordPress Blog,” then the rest of us will run away.

And, if you have no posts, then that will tip us off as well.

So, if you want “quality spamming,” (an oxymoron, I admit), you should consider putting up some content that will fool the rest of us.

Who knows? You might even actually generate something worthy of being read.

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Blog Drunk

Posted on April 7, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Some cliche’s fall out of use with time. The “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign has been gone for some time. So, maybe the joke “Friends Don’t Let Friends Blog Drunk” does not play well any more.

That is one important aspect of writing: what is said is affected by what is contemporary. The zeitgeist affects what is said, or not said. Not only that, but what seems like a fresh idea might be very stale.

When the idea of “Friends Don’t Let Friends Blog Drunk” came to me, I thought it sounded novel. But, then I realized that it had probably been done before. That is especially true considering how old the original campaign was. So, a quick search of the ‘net revealed the following links:

Maybe it should be “Friends don’t let friends post without a search first.”

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I was going to write something truly boring like what a great short vacation but

Posted on March 18, 2012. Filed under: Blogging, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I was going to write something truly boring like “what a great short vacation,” but then I come across a charming blog that had the disturbing term “metaphorical vomit.”

That is one of the more “interesting” compound nouns that I have encountered in some time.  Though it seems close to oxymoron, it is not. (How would you describe it?)

Makes me also wonder, if it were translated into French, would it be a enduring des chefs-d’oeuvre or a fleeting une pause-café?

By the way, my short vacation nearby was a wonderful respite.

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