Thursday, March 05, 2009

Why Blog Spam is a Good Thing

I woke up this morning to find 18 of my blog posts had been comment spammed with what looks like Chinese characters and links. [No comments about the need to move to WP please; I've seen WP anti-spam plug-ins fail much more often than Google's software.]

So, why is this a good thing? As I went back to each post that had spam on it I was reminded of a number of posts that I've written over the last few years. Now, I've been meaning to go back and read over my ideas anyway, to get a sense for how my thinking has changed ("evolved" seems too strong :-) over time.

That review reminded me of a number of posts that I've wanted to write, others that I wanted to follow up on, and a sense of the comments and community that I've been missing out by not blogging lately. [Some of that interaction has been replaced by Twitter, which has been very useful, but also does not encourage me to write as much, or as thoughtfully.]

So, I'm hoping to push out a blog post or two in the next few days; and I'm going to think about how I'm going to use both Twitter and the blog to explore and engage further with the larger community I've come to depend on.

1 comment:

Jim said...

Three cheers for spam then, it does serve it's purpose. I think maybe if you brought your blog over to UMW Blogs and set up your own domain, we could really get the close knit feeling of community you might be missing out on all the way out there, all by your lonesome, on Blogger. But in the meantime, I'll grab your feed and bring it into the UMW Blogs fold :)