I probably shouldn’t have mentioned the word “flatulence” on my blog because ever since, I’ve been getting posts in the comments section advertising Viagra and remedies for all kinds of embarrassing physical ailments. (And now that I’ve mentioned the word “Viagra,” I’ve probably just invited more of these comments—sigh.)
I deleted those posts and—sadly—had to change my settings so that now I must approve all comments before they can be posted. Since the Viagra comments are obviously automated, I could avoid the problem altogether by making everybody type in the misshapen letters and numbers they see in those fuzzy boxes, but that’s so annoying, and I don’t want to discourage real-live, sincere comments. (And, I’m embarrased to admit, I can’t always decipher those misshapen letters. I’m always afraid I’m typing in the wrong thing. I can’t be the only one. Can I?)
I guess nothing on the Internet should surprise me, but I really wasn’t expecting anybody to spam my blog.