Zen and the Art of Blog Maintenance
I've just been going back over early blog posts (there are around three and a half thousand EKN posts now) looking for comment spam that has fallen through the automated spam traps. There seems to have been a period in 2013 when a lot of stuff got through. I can tell you, deleting 184 spam comments from a single post induces a Zen-like calm.
I was looking at the post I did about the blogmeet in Manchester where I met Clare, Lisa and many other bloggers in the flesh for the only time so far. And it occurred to me that I have a lot less interaction with British bloggers these days. (Or, as Bonni of barenakedislam pointed out, any bloggers.) I know I met JoeInVegas last July when we were doing Route 66, but he doesn't visit here much these days, and he seems to have stopped blogging himself, at least for now. Like me, he has transferred much of his attention to Facebook. I certainly use FB for the quick one-liners I might once have put on the blog, but there are other posts (obviously including this one) whose rightful home is clearly EKN and not my Facebook page.
I think maybe I should make a resolution: to visit more of the blogs on my blogroll, more frequently. While doubtless it will be more honoured in the breach than the observance, I shall nail it to the church door here nonetheless.
That comment spam: it was interesting to see what it comprised. There were a few dozen posts each of which contained a list of a few dozen sites, often Italian. There were ads for Cialis and Xanax, and for other drugs I'd never heard of. There were a lot of payday loan ads, and ads for shoes and dieting.