It all started about a month and a half ago, when the following appeared in the comment section:
I find your blog interesting. I look forward to reading it some more.
That was left by anonymous. I don't know why anonymous couldn't use his or her own name, or use a fake name. After all, he or she was paying me a compliment. It wasn't the most imaginative comment, but that's all right. I'll take a kind word any way I can get it. This comment appeared a few more times over a course of a week. Then, one day, a new comment appeared:
Me like your blog. Me want to read more.
Was Tonto a fan? Tarzan, perhaps? About a week later, the syntax improved. There was, however, a suggestion:
I like your blog. How about more pictures?
More pictures? That would assume I had pictures in the first place. "How about pictures?" would have been more accurate. Anyway, whoever anonymous was, he or she didn't hold the absence of pictures against me:
Am really interested in your blog. Keep writing on similar topics
Always nice to receive encouragement. It's not always nice to get utterly confused:
Use the track reply four button operating system. Engineering prototypes plus hard drive replacement procedures. Proceed at ultimate capacity.
I chose not to proceed at ultimate capacity. Anonymous ultimately did:
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Anonymous didn't just stop there, for a week later:
No celebrity names attached. Guess they're on the bashful side.
It was obvious the spammers had finally discovered me. And horney spammers at that. Well, folks, I hate to do it, but the time has finally come to turn on the word verification thingee. About half of those who follow this blog already have these devices and know how they work. You get a nonsense word like this:
Which you then have to copy in a long rectangular box, before your comment will be accepted. The idea being that a computer is sending the spam, and thus incapable of copying a nonsense word. I hope so.
But first I'd like to conduct a little test. Those of you who aren't spammers may stop reading. This test is not for you.
Now, spammers, I'm going to give you two nonsense words. Actually, they're not nonsense words at all, they're really scrambled up words, like that one puzzle on the comic pages. You're task, spammers, is to unscramble these words: