I have been posting to this blog for several years now. Almost immediately, I turned off the commenting option. I had a few comments from friends and family (notably my now ex-cousin-in-law…if that is such a thing) – I don’t know if I have regular readers and I do want to engage with them if they are out there.
But for the spam…
It is the bane of the internet. We’ll never be free of it.
Unfortunately, turning off the comments did nothing to stop the spam – it just hides it. On the WordPress Administrator site, my comments section is still plugged up with garbage that I have to manually delete.
There are only seven spams as I write this post because I recently deleted everything. But they trickle-in at a steady rate of a few every day.
What I noticed is that they are all attached to the same blog post. It has been about 2000 pieces of spam now. All on one post. I had written this post back on June 14, 2015 to explain one of my frequent absences from posting. The previous post was on May 24th about the gradual recovery from the flooding in North Texas.
I have decided to see what will happen to the spamming when I delete the June 14th excusing post. Deleting this post won’t change the story of my life as documented. My guess is, the spam gets tied to a new post – and probably one that I care about and won’t want to delete.
If there is a way to stop comment spam entirely, I’d love to learn it. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to learn the intricacies of WordPress on my own.