Lorelle VanFossen is an A+ list blogger. She writes about blogging on the WordPress publishing platform, which I use. She really has excellent blog tips, no matter which publishing system you use.
She asked us to write about our Most Favorite Blog Post Failure. I did. I even left a comment on her post. It’s #9 out of nine. Out of five comments including mine, she replied to three of them. Yes, my comment was smart-assery. Yes, I was looking to get some new readers. But here’s what she wrote to one commenter:
Oh, funny! That just goes to show that you can’t judge a book until you’ve read it from cover to cover…or something like that.
So I thought it would be OK to kid with her a little. I guess not. She maybe one of those bloggers who want to be taken totally seriously, and if there are jokes to be made – she will make them.
She probably recognized by comment for the blatant, desperate appeal it was – I want more readers.
She may have thought I was a content spammer. You probably have gotten a few of these, right?
- I read similar article also named <Post Title Here>, and it was completely different. Personally, I agree with you more, because this article makes a little bit more sense for me
- I couldn’t understand some parts of this article <Post Title Here>, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.
- This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title <Post Title Here>. Thanks for informative article.
- Hey! Nice blog posting about <Post Title Here>. I would have to agree with you on this one. I am going to look more into it. This Thursday I have time.
According to her, spammers pay people in Bangalore to post these comments on my site pretty regularly. If I start deleting these comments, my comments will fall to negative two per post.
(BTW: spammers? contact me, nickel a comment to much? What’s the going rate?)
Worried about people using swear words in the blog comments? WP-Devowelizer WordPress Plugin and WP Polite-ifier Plugin for Swearing are among several WordPress Plugins for comments that convert “swear words” or any words of your choosing into asterisks or other symbols to “bleep” out cuss words in your blog comment while allowing them to remain, thus making your blog a more family-friendly place to visit.
Yeah, that’s a ****in’ brilliant idea. Holy ****, my G** D**** comments would go to ****in’ negative ****’in’ four if I did that. Jeepers, this would be a swell place to hang out, right kids? Oh for pity’s sake.
I’m not making fun of people who choose not to swear. They really are better than the rest of us. I commend you for living a better life. Please don’t go away.
While those of us who blog about blogging often blog warnings about comment spam issues and challenges, don’t fear blog comments. They are the most fun you can have online! It’s a way of creating friendships, support networks, and getting the feedback you want and deserve.
Here’s my addendum: if you have five commenters and you reply to three, the other two one really feels low.
I need a pick me up. Tell me YOU like me.