Want to hear something scary? Somewhere out there are people who are so stupid that they think we don’t notice the automated trash they throw at us. What’s even scarier – it must work enough for them to make money, because the jerks keep doing it.
I recently had to change my personal email address due to spam. On one average day, I received 105 emails of which 94 were spam. Worse, when I delete them from my webmail, they still go through to my phone, and I have to delete each one a second time.
For each legitimate email I had to wade through about ten spam messages twice each. That’s what we call a “time sink”, and time sinks must be destroyed. Hence the need for new email address.
On top of that, recently a number of spammers decided that the few people who read posts on my website really, really, really need to know about their counterfeit handbags, counterfeit shoes, etc. They find a comment form on the site and BAM! Spam-City.
Now, I guess these idiots don’t realize that each one of their messages comes to me directly for approval before it hits the site. Of course, I mark the spam as… well, spam, and it goes away until they try again an hour later.
So now, I’ve had to (time-sink!) go through and remove ALL of the comment forms for each page and post on the site. Which sucks, because while there wasn’t much chit-chat between me and my soon-to-be-legion of fans, I wanted the option.
This is why we can’t have nice things; there are too many idiots and spammers out there.
Ultimately, this kind of crap interferes with my efforts to write a book, because with my limited time (yes, I still have a day job) I have to battle fatigue and deal with this type of trash instead of writing. Which is, to say the least, irritating.