DEAR SPAM

Hi hons,

I get a good bit of spam comments on my site every day. Entries are from one gambling/porn/financial service/dating service or some such or another. It’s so interesting to get 10 spam comments from 10 different “entities” that ALL say “I much learned many stuffs from your article. Thanks for the awesome posting!,” or “You are a wonderful writing. I am bookmarking your blog for much learning.”

Today I got the following. It looks like spam, because it’s from a UK company site that offers student loans (these are bank loans) where you don’t have to pay any interest while you are “in learning.” So, yes, it’s spam. But whoever sent it actually wrote a decently phrased and grammatically manageable question. And being a relentless question answerer, I cannot resist. So, here goes:

Career Development Loans writes,

Hi! I realize this is kind of off-topic but I had to ask. Does operating a well-established blog such as yours require a large amount of work? I’m completely new to running a blog but I do write in my journal everyday. I’d like to start a website so I can share my personal experience and thoughts online. Please tell me if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

Dear Career Development Loans, hon,

First of all, getting about 7 hits a day does not really make me a “well-established blog.” Though you are SO kind to say that. As to the amount of work, it depends. When I have a topic in mind I can knock out a commentary in five minutes. When I have a letter, I like to take more time, say 10 or 15 minutes. Considering that I have to spend a part of my day looking for paying work, coupons or road kill, it really can’t take a lot of time to run this. Plus I also like to link the articles to my Facebook and Twitter accounts. But that’s pretty quick.

I believe that your personal experience and thoughts would be fascinating stuff! I would encourage you to start a website besides the Loan hawking one for students. You could share all your experiences with the different students you work with! (Though you cannot mention them by name or you will be sued).

Other ideas for new blog owners: If you have an interest – a craft or sport or hobby or if there’s someone you’re stalking – write about that! Always good stuff. If you’ve had a particularly intense medical experience, share that! Public service! There’s just not enough about boils and carbuncles on the internet. Write about your family in the third person, change all their names and make it a soap opera! That’s where the great southern novels come from!!

Whatever you write, write short and sweet. No one has any kind of profound attention span any more. And don’t be discouraged if you’re not viral overnight. Unless you’re a celebrity. Yikes.

Best of luck to you CDL! And share your link when you get your site,

I.B. Crabby,

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