WHAT IS GOING ON?! In the past week or so, I’ve gotten 5 messages from people wanting to write crappy-horrible posts for my blog.
From Tim Stevens, email@example.com
From Danielle McCann, firstname.lastname@example.org:
From Paul Smith, email@example.com (hotmail, really?! What is this, 1998??)
From Lisa Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org:
From Ivy Delfin, email@example.com:
ANSWER: NO! Oh, sure. Why don’t I just turn my site into a nightmare tornado of special offers and hard-hitting advertorials?!
I love my three guest posts! Each of them has gotten more views than ANY single post I’ve written. First there was, Orphanage At The End Of The Universe, a Vietnam-born American’s look at his mixed and evolving feelings about his past. Wild World Of Expats provides a Vietnamese local’s take on the Western expats she’s encountered over the years. And finally, Bill Ethridge On Travel Burnout. Pretty self-explanatory.
Paul Smith. (…if that is your real name.) Just for giggles, I actually wrote this guy back. I replied, “Sure! What country/culture would you be writing about?” to which he replied, “I would like to write about China and its rich culture. If it doesn’t suit you, let me know and i can change the topic according to your remarks.” I asked where in China he’s living and – big surprise:
No, Paul. Oh no, no, no, no. I can’t decide if one post is worse than the next, or if they’re all equally horrible. Here was my response:
Where’d Paul go? Surprisingly, I haven’t heard back from him. I hope he’s ok…
Have other WordPress bloggers been getting these horrible messages? I don’t want to remove my “contact” form, as it’s led to some nice comments, suggestions and conversations. I just wish I could make this spam stop!
**UPDATE** MAY 30, 2013
From Ellen Nicola, Ellennicola1986@gmail.com:
I responded: “Thanks Ellen. I’m glad to hear that you found many of my articles very interesting. What were your impressions of this article from earlier this month: [link to this post].”
Haven’t heard back from her yet.