Saturday, July 22, 2006


When I opened my email this morning, I found that I had a ton of comments. What blogger doesn't like that? The feedback and interaction is a large part of the fun of online journaling. Most of these comments were from an anonymous reader. They were all complimentary, and they all provided a link to a business web site.

I just went through and deleted all the ones that I could remember. I left AOL journals because I didn't want advertising that I couldn't control in my blog. If the comments that included the link to the business web site were sincere, thank you. If it was just a way to build business, shame on you. Blog spam is not just intrusive, it's bad marketing that turns people away from your product, your company and the person who leaves it. I would like to distinguish between a comment that contributes to a dialogue related to an entry that comes from a person whose blog includes business material and one that is purely a way to draw in unsuspecting prospects.

I've been blogging for nearly three years, and I consider myself lucky. I've rarely been flamed in comments. Almost without exception, people have commented with courtesy and true kindness.

My little blog is not a billboard for anyone who wants to use it though, and I've enabled comment moderation to keep more ads out. I want to keep commenting on my blog easy. No word verification (it's too hard on my old eyes), and friends who don't use Blogger can still leave anonymous comments. Please leave your name though. I love knowing who's reading my Crazy Quilt and being able to visit your blogs in return.



Blogger Theresa Williams said...

I remember seeing a comment in Paula's journal that said something like: "Nice Blog! Need a rug cleaned? etc." You tell 'em, Cynthia. Let me know how you like using comment moderation. I still use the word verification to keep the ads out. I know it's a pain for commenters...

July 22, 2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger Theresa Williams said...

PS--one thing I like better about the blogs without comment moderation: I get to see my comment posted immediately, and I get to see others' comments when I post. Time being short as it is, I may not be able to visit a blog twice to see those things. Just my 2-cents. Love, Theresa

July 22, 2006 9:36 PM  
Anonymous elleme said...

I agree about the comment moderation. Leaves me feeling that my ideas and opinions are being censored. I don't really mind the word identification think, though it can be difficult. But anything that keeps out the mass mailers and advertisers is better than being faced with their junk.

July 23, 2006 4:45 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

I absolutely delete this instantly. This - "Love your blog: cheap Viagra! or whatever - is spam with a ribbon and a bow. Which in some way makes it worse.

Right into that cute little trash bin.

July 24, 2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger V said...

Same thing happened to me. I emailed the website, dor whatever
that`s worth.

July 27, 2006 5:12 PM  

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