Monday, March 2, 2009

Blog Spam

It has come to my attention that someone has been going around to various blogs and leaving the following cut-and-pasted comment:

"Lyn, the well-known (heck, she's famous!) blogger at "Escape from Obesity," has been candid about her struggles recently. Lyn has been an inspiration to thousands of dieters, and right now she needs a little encouragement. Drop by her blog at escapefromobesity.blogspot.com and give her some support."

I've gotten several emails and comments about this today from irritated bloggers. I am pretty annoyed that someone decided to spam so many blogs with my address. I do not know this person, but maybe it was a well-meaning reader... without much knowledge of Blog etiquette... and as soon as I found out this was going on I contacted him through his blog and asked him to STOP. I think he was just trying to be nice, but it really isn't nice to spam anyone.

I just want to state for the record that *I do not approve of any spamming, leaving my blog address all over the place (such as someone is doing on various Craigslists all over the country) or directing traffic to my site in this manner. I did not know this person and I never would ask ANYONE to leave comments like that. If you got a comment from this guy on your blog, please just delete it. I don't like it any more than you do.

**Clarification for people who asked: It is great when people want to link to my blog or any other blog on their site. I appreciate that! I love when you recommend my site to your friends or to other bloggers because you like my site. I like it when you share part of a post of mine on your own blog. Or when you post on a message board and say, "Hey, check out this cool blog I read" to share with your friends who are talking about blogs they like. The problem comes with "spamming", which means this person went to like, 100 different blogs in ONE day, did not bother to read the blogs or leave any comment about that blog, but just left a comment that they should come to MY blog. It becomes spam when it is left like an advertisement to people you don't even usually talk to or read. And the problem is, that makes some people mad. And then they email me and say, "Tell your readers to quit spamming me!" and saying I am rude and thoughtless... as if I have any control over what some stranger on the Internet chooses to do. So I figured I would put it out there... I did not approve of his leaving that comment on 100 blogs, and I'd rather people didn't do that. But at the same time I really can't control what other people do. I had no idea this was even happening until I got a bunch of emails this morning asking me who this guy is! I hope that clarifies... if you have questions ask me in the comments!

16 comments:

theantijared said...

Wow, I thought you knew that person. Either way, i put you in my blog today.Spam or not, you always support me!

Fat Lazy Guy said...

I thought it might not have been just me who got spammed :D

I knew you weren't behind it, though, so I just left it because I think you're awesome anyway, so a little extra promotion wasn't getting my goat up.

Shelley said...

I saw this guy's blog last week - if you can call it that, because all he does is quote excerpts from other blogs. I guess he felt that the universe needed one giant blogroll? Anyway, it was strange.

Lyn said...

Thanks you guys, you're awesome :)

Ella said...

Thank you for the clarification Lyn. I appreciate your taking the time to sort things out and to try to make things right.

I am happy that you have a fan that is willing to do this for you but sad that he did it in such a bad way.

If you are having a tough time as he mentioned then I am sorry if I made it tougher by getting mad about his spamming and you having to go about the web dealing with the aftermath.

I wish you all the best and apologize if anything that I said in my rant made you sad.

Good luck with your weight loss. Both Megara and I are struggling with the same issue and we know how tough it can be. Keep up the good fight!!

Have a terrific day!

Ella

Sassle said...

I was wondering what that was about and I had noticed he posted here today as well. I just figured he was a well meaning individual not even suspecting him to be a spammer. Thanks for clarifying!

Lady Downsize! said...

Geeze Lyn, it's a shame that you would be attacked/blamed for the actions of another person. Based on the comment left my guess is that it was someone thinking of support for you and lacking blog savvy etiquette. It seems people get blamed for other people's decisions all the time - then again, that is a total blog on it's own isn't it? I wonder if all these people contacted that person directly so that person could take responsibility for his actions, or if they came right to you because he referenced you blog. Personally, I go to the person who left the comment, not what their content was.

emmabovary said...

The spammer is probably linked to an advertiser on your blog; he is not really directing traffic to your blog per se (although that is a great side benefit) but wants people to see the ads on your blog. It's most likely a bot; there's a similar one on LiveJournal currently. Clever, I must say.

Gigi said...

Thanks for giving this guy the word, Lyn. I tried to track him down myself but was blocked. No fault of yours for drive-by spammers.

Jessica said...

People make way too big of a deal out of stuff like this. Yes, it's spam, yes it can be annoying, yes you can delete it and go on about your day without having to track someone down and make a federal case out of it like we're all in some prolonged CSI episode.

The fact that someone, or several someones, took time out of their day to chastise you about this blows my mind. You're fine. Carry on!

spunkysuzi said...

Yes i actually replied and said i was not impressed that i always comment on your blog and that i didn't need him to tell me to ;) His entire blog seems to be filled with excerpts from everyone else's blogs and nothing from him.

Lyn said...

emma~

Actually, I got his email address from another blogger (he used an email to log in and post a comment on her blog). I emailed him and he seems very apologetic. He says he was trying to get me some support so I don't feel alone. He expressed his dismay at the headache this has become. I asked him to go back and delete the comments... will see if he does.

anastasia said...

i stopped by cos i saw your blog mentioned in 2 of my friends blogs today - either as them following or an actual mention so i thought i'd stop by and have a read. hpoe that's ok.

Cammy said...

I truly think he meant well. And your post obviously touched him. Profoundly. ;) Me, too, for that matter.

Pubsgal said...

Gee, I feel kinda left out. He didn't spam my blog. *sniff*. ;-)

I did see his comment on another blog, but I just thought it was just an enthusiastic fan and didn't give it much thought. I would never have thought you to be personally responsible.

SHEILA said...

That comment left on someone else's blog, is how I found you.
And you can't control what other people do. And this person must have really felt for you;he's not getting anything out of it. Some of these bloggers can really get in a snit.