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“I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.”

A musing Aug 24, 2013 No Comments

“I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.”

That quote has been attributed to a long list of people, such as P.T. Barnum, Mae West, George M. Cohan, Will Rogers, W.C. Fields, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, “Big Tim” Sullivan…; variants to the effect of “no publicity is bad publicity, just spell the name right” are continually uttered (or mumbled in the case of Ozzy Osbourne), in regard to negative publicity. The idea is that someone is at least talking about you.

I noticed that I had almost 100 spam hits in the past three days when I was working on the parkhussion website this morning. That might sound like a bad thing on the surface, but I take it as progress…. on more than one front.

A few months back I started getting hit by the spambots on the blog. I was only a couple of months into operating a full-featured website like this, and on a steep learning curve. It annoyed me especially because so much spam was making it through and sending false notifications to my email, which caused my phone to make way too much noise. I mentioned it to ‘my web guy’ one day. An update and some configuration on the filter solved the interruption issue and the spam was going properly to quarantine. I admit that I got lazy about looking at it after a month or so and forgot all about it.

Until today. As I was saying, I saw that I had a bunch of spam in the quarantine. I realized that I hadn’t looked at that in a while, so I went over to review them expecting that there would be 2 -3 months of stuff to look through. Then I noticed that every single one of them had arrived in the past three days! The filter throws stuff out automagically and I have no idea of the curve from 0 to 100 spam hits in a few days, but the trend has to be pointing virtually straight up. I could do some analytics research if I wanted to, but anecdotally I conclude that the bots are definitely seeing me now when they scour the web, and I think that is a really good thing. Hits are hits in search heuristics, and the more the merrier! Even better is that a couple of real people have now found me here, too. I am optimistic the ‘real people’ data point (that would be you!) will follow the curve of the bots…

Please remember, just spell the name right :)



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