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Oh how I love Spam! Lessons on accepting what Is in your life

November 16, 2009
By Michael Fletcher

3067146121_b594beb913 One of the peculiarities of life is the way in which each of us engage in living, while Robert Bravery’s post, about the scourge that is Spam (go read it it’s full of good tips for thwarting spam), struck a nerve with me and will with most any blogger out there, it also started me thinking. The thought of having to purge my comment moderation queue has become quite too much for me to bear on most days. I mean if only we didn’t have this problem if only there was a solution that would fix it for us for good.

Everything will not run smoothly

Well honestly if we did find that solution. The chemical weapon for the spam that lurks round our blogging community. There’d be some new way the idle and uninventive would find to annoy us into submission. There is one reality, everything will not run smooth. There will always be threats to our blogging way of life. People just naturally want something for nothing and they’ll prey on anyone they can.

Being able to communicate with you is a gift, perhaps spam is a fair price

So while I value Robert’s post and useful advice I also started remembering when  I just started out. Feel free to giggle, but when I started out blogging I was kind of happy when the filthy spammers found me. I mean if they could find me I must be doing something right. Knowing a little more about the dark arts of the spammers now I know that’s not exactly true. I mean those spammers could find a open space on bathroom cubicle door at a rock concert if it had a some page rank. (perhaps the spammers should start a search engine). But long before my face turned to a scowl at the site of corny joke, naked celebrities and the answer to all bedroom problems stuffed into a pill, I used to get a bit of a buzz. I dug in and said now I’m a blogger. I’m paying my dues. I still try and remember that, see the thing is even as Monetize Your Life goes from strength to strength and my readers increase along with it my spam, I’m still paying my dues. I’m thankful that I’m able to communicate with my readers and if the price of that is some spam so be it. With helpful posts by Robert and the rest of the blogging community at least I know I’ll be doing everything I can.

When Good Enough is Good Enough! Accept what is

When it comes to these irritations in life I think the answer is to find the enough that is enough. We will never get rid of all the frustration that is spam or anything else that intrudes on our lives. Whether it’s the overbearing boss or nosey neighbour. Should we ignore it, of course not. Our time is our own, our readers are our own, there’s no need to give up but once all available methods have been exhausted we need  be able to let go and accept  what is. These are realities in life that we cannot change. If we fight these realities, we empower them to affect our happiness, our self worth and our interactions with the world. When we simply accept them and embrace them look at the other side of their existence we allow them to inject value into our lives instead.

Why I love Spam

  • My blog is fully functional I’ve received some spam!!!
  • My blog is visible on the web, those pesky spammers found me. Yippee!
  • Ok I’m not the only one that finds some of those corny jokes funny… ‘fess up
  • Spam detection as an industry employs people, reduced unemployment is a good thing
  • How awesome is it to find that one piece of “not spam” amongst the x-rated and pharmaceutical ads it’s kind of like finding a hundred bucks in pants you haven’t worn in ages
  • Perhaps you really do need those special pills… It could happen… when it does, you’ll be happy all those helpful folks sent you their contact details

Perhaps taking the time to see the value in something you currently view as negative would help to improve the value you see in your life.

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15 Responses to “ Oh how I love Spam! Lessons on accepting what Is in your life ”

  1. Robert Bravery integralwebsolutions.co.za says:

    Fantastic post Mike,

    A very different and educational point of view. Who would have thought that Spam could be usefull, well at least to someone.

    I like the positive post on a very negative subject
    Robert Bravery´s last blog ..Google, Yahoo Urge FDA to Update Ad Guidelines My ComLuv Profile

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  2. :) Thanks Robert, I was inspired by all of the positive things you do on your blog. I believe that there’s good in every situation and experience if we care too look for it. The truth is there’s probably more spam created and deleted daily on the net than useful content. Just as in the course of your life you’ll probably have more misfortune than good fortune how we use our experiences defines us not what experiences we have.

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  3. Ryan cashwithatrueconscience.com says:

    Michael,

    Great points. I too have learned to embrace spam. It’s part of the game. Great analogy between finding $$$$ in pants and a legit comment among the Russian porn and Cialis comments.

    I also try to remember that what I did in the past would be considered spamming by some. Whatever we resist, whatever really annoys us, we have done on some level. Maybe not spamming, but feeling desperate and doing desperate things in some part of your life. Life is always a looking glass so I try not to get too upset over anything.
    Ryan´s last blog ..Work At Home: Get Set And Go Get! My ComLuv Profile

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  4. Robert Bravery integralwebsolutions.co.za says:

    @Michael Fletcher
    Sen me your 160×160 ad for your free ad space on my blog. In recgnition for you mentioning me and my blog
    Robert Bravery´s last blog ..I Dare You to Link. My ComLuv Profile

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  5. Sire says:

    Yep, it’s always good to take the lighter side of a problem as it puts it into perspective.

    I’ve never loved spammy comments, and thankfully Akismet get’s rid of most of them. Even so it can’t control those comments who’s sole intention is to get some link juice, and it’s so evident from their comment they haven’t even read the post. I don’t delete these comments, I spam them, so that Akismet is aware they exist.

    I’m such a bad ass ;)
    Sire´s last blog ..A Recap On My Hottest Poems My ComLuv Profile

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    admin Reply:

    Indeed you are!! My blog hasn’t attracted too many trolls as yet but I’ll be on the lookout for them and will see where my conscience leads me as my mouse hovers over the delete/spam button. I tend to agree with you though, if they looking to take without giving anything of value then that’s as spammy as it gets.

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