I’m baffled. My website guru has done all he can to prevent me from being spammed—you know when some robot trashes your blog with about a hundred comments, selling everything from luggage to t-shirts? It seems when I post more frequently than once a week, I end up coming in to clean out a ton of spam. The good news is all comments have to be approved here, so none of this crap is ever seen by my readers. But geesh, it’s demoralizing to get a note saying “you’ve got 36 new comments,” only to find out I have 5 new comments and 31 spam attempts. So how is it getting through? And is it just the fate of a blogger to deal with this stuff? I don’t like it.
And speaking of things I don’t like… I also don’t like the fact that my personal email is getting spammed as well. This really ticks me off even more because I’m getting ads for…get ready for it…seniors. No kidding! People are trying to sell me hearing aids, for pity’s sake! And deals on senior housing and products to make my “golden years” more comfortable like walk-in tubs and collapsible canes. Come on! Really? I’m turning 60 this year, not 90! And how does anyone know to target me anyway? There’s nothing in my email addy to indicate how old I am. I don’t remember signing up for any senior deals. Who gave these guys my contact info?
I’d like to tell them what a hard year this is for me. Explain that my mom died when she was 60 years old, and that since then, my worst fear is dying at 60. I’m turning 60 this year, folks, please stop making it worse than it already is. Why not send me ads for sexy lingerie, delicious chocolate, or amazing wines? Send me a promo for an incredible deal on a trip to Tuscany or a ski weekend in Vermont or some drop-dead gorgeous CFM shoes.
How about it? Give a girl a break. Don’t tell me how great it would be to prevent my ancient bones from crumbling or move my bowels regularly—tell me how wondrous it would be to spend a month in Paris. Okay?