I log onto blogger today to catch up on my posts only to find one of those “word verification” boxes at the bottom of my ‘create post’ page. What the hell? I think. Naturally there is an orange question mark which I immediately click, only to be told that my blog is suspected of being a ‘spam blog’. For your reading pleasure:
As with many powerful tools, blogging services can be both used and abused. The ease of creating and updating webpages with Blogger has made it particularly prone to a form of behavior known as link spamming. Blogs engaged in this behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.
Did blogger just call me “irrelevant, repetitive and nonsensical”? sheesh.
At the conclusion of this explanation of what the White Knights on the Virtual Steeds are doing to prevent spam blogging, there was a hyperlink to the ever-famous “take a quick survey and tell us how we’re doing”. So I did. And in the ‘comments’ box at the end, this is what I said:
Admittedly you probably caught me on a bad day since I seem to be experiencing a drought of customer service in corporate america, online and off, but just how on God’s Green Earth did you flag my blog as a spam blog? Let’s see, I don’t post every day, I cover a myriad of topics, I actually express myself coherently (I say in defense of your help article’s phrasing of “nonsensical text”), and I don’t overuse hyperlinks. So please, prove my current attitudes incorrect about large businesses (you are google; you qualify), and explain to me in a thorough and comprehensive manner how my little blog came to your attention.
The current rundown: Ebay hates me, Yahoo thinks I don’t exist, and Blogger thinks I’m a spammer. I think I’ll call my therapist.