Thursday, September 06, 2007

Thoughts on blogging

I've been getting a lot of spammy comments lately, different from the usual kind of spam, since these are disguised as actual readers, but these are actually competitors of companies I have written about, trying to get some free press. I did approve some of the earlier comments, but I saw that it just led to me getting more and more of these type of comments.

I wonder if everyone else is getting by them as well. Would you approve them or mark them as spam? In some of the comments, that I've got worthwhile suggestions and insights, I've let them stay, but the ones that are obviously a plug, I have disapproved, but I do wonder if I'm doing the right thing. But the bottom line is that it's my blog to do with as and what I please, but then readers are one of the key aspects of a good blog. I say one of the key aspects, since I feel it's more important to have one's say than to say things just to win some readers for the short-term.

It's a touchy subject for most bloggers and one just has to decide where to draw the line, and how much of oneself does one give to a blog and random readers. I started blogging over three years ago, and for the longest time didn't even tell my friends and family about it, since it was just a place for me to write my thoughts, my irritations, my pleasures and my experiences.

In more recent times, I have experimented quite a bit with changing the format of this blog and have decided to keep it more personal than before. So there you have it, spammers stay away. I will not be approving any comments unless you really have something thoughtful, insightful, contributing etc to say.


Adorable Bad Guy said...

Oops! anyone and all of those would disqualify me as well. I rarely have anything insightful to say. I say, if someone has taken the pains of figuring out the distorted random letters under "Leave your comment" text area he/she should be given a chance to express himself.

Jokes apart, you are right. Piggy backing some ones personal thoughts to promote your own is like hi-jacking ones space. Good thing, allows us to use our discretion as we see fit to keep detractors at bay.

Shalini said...

No, no, you don't have anything to worry about.

These one's were written by competing firms and generally say nice things so that you approve the comment. They didn't even have real names, instead used ids like 'goodbank' etc.

I don't mind competing companies to write comments at all, but let there be a real person at the other end at least.

Yes, those convoluted letters are a pain to fill out, but thanks to them, I can keep the weirdos out at least.