Like many websites, this one gets its share of spam. "Comments" come in that seem like innocuous Wise Thoughts, but they're from companies whose names clearly want you to get a Fast Loan or some such. (Oddly, they've almost all been "comments" on articles that had been written months previously.) I've done my best to delete them, though I'm sure they'll keep a-coming, since they don't have the same email address and can't be blocked.
A comment arrived last night, and at first glance it seemed a bit different. Though it was from a company, the company was a website designer, and there was a name attached. And the comment was a very nice, thoughtful one.
"Thanks for sharing this great article! That is very interesting I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this."
Well, gee, that was nice, I thought. Though it did seem a bit generic. And oddly phrased. But if it was on the level, I was more than happy to thank them. Since I can tell which article the comment is attached to, I jumped to it. And though all writers have healthy egos, I could tell with pretty fair certainty that this was spam, and that the sender didn't find the "informative information" as informative as it was cracked up to be.
Here was the article --
On the other hand, hey, I could be wrong. If people here actually do find articles explaining that the power went out and so the website was down to be fascinating, let me know. I'm happy to consider writing more of them...
All that said, I must admit that another "user comment" just arrived that did give me pause for thought. It was in reference to the article about Harrow Alley, titled "The Greatest Screenplay Never Made, and what was said was --
"The screenplay intricately careens a awesome legend of how, throughout the inferior stretch in the background of mankind, during the world was literally moribund besides no digit knew how to stifle it."
I challenge anyone to argue with that.
No, literally, I challenge you.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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