Lurking Spam Bots Can Be Entertaining

One aspect of running a blog I had not anticipated was dealing with spam. Not just any spam, but computer generated SpamBot spam! I’ve known for years about ‘bots trolling the Internet to harvest email addresses. A lot of the spam you receive in your email can be a result of your leaving comments in various Internet forums or any other online venue where an email is listed on a Web page. The owners of those ‘bots will harvest any email their minions collect and sell the list to the real spammers. Now another type of spam bot is the one that trolls blogs and attempts to leave garbage in the blogs’ comments area. I use a plug-in called Askimet that does a very good job of isolating those comments before they get posted on the blog.

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A Blog Begins

After a couple of fitful starts followed by long, procrastinating months of no activity, we have once again attempted to get this blog on its feet. The big difference this time is that we have entered the world of social media – both Facebook and Twitter – and understand how to leverage it to spread the message. As the title implies, the primary purpose of this blog will be to comment on the world of Consumerism. The things we like, dislike and utterly disdain about products, advertising, shopping, dining and our general interactions and observations about the world. That’s not going to limit us to only certain things. We’ll write about what we want when we damn well please…

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