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The Care and Feeding of Blogs

It might be very easy to forget you have a blog. Especially if you post to it as infrequently as I do.

But I have one of those sorta demanding blogs. It won’t let me forget it. At first, this was a very nice thing. I’d post and people would comment and I’d get copies of their comments via email. The comments were incredibly supportive; it was great to know someone was out there.

Well, now, I’m not posting. But I’m still getting comments. Of course, you might think people were still being supportive, and I’m sure they would be, but ya know, not many people feel the need to be supportive of a surgery 7 months after the fact, when I’m back and as good as ever.

No, instead, I’m hearing from the same people everyone on the Internet is hearing from–the spammers. They’ve figured out how to automatically search out blog entries and add comments to them. I could just abandon this blog and let the spammers have it, but I’m just too ornery for that. It’s become like a game. They post a comment to an old entry and I go in and delete it. I win if I delete it before anyone else sees it. I get extra points if I delete it less than an hour after its posted (I think my record is 9 minutes). They win if you order Canadian pills to make your hair grow larger and weigh less from them.

So far, I’m way ahead.

I hope.

They also are trying to post fake trackbacks, but the software is pretty good and has found most of them so far. There have been over 3000 fake trackbacks almost posted in the last 2 months.

So, this is what I’m doing instead of grading essay questions from my freshmen. I figure anything I post will probably be better than spam and it does help the morning walks go by faster to try to reflect on something other than asphalt.


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The daily grind

Okay, so I don’t have cancer.

I don’t even have any more cancer-related treatments. Sure, there’s followups with doctors for as long as I have great health insurance, but nothing more than I should have been doing all along really, just more specialists are involved.

So, I still have a blog. I must still have something to write about.

Okay, there are a last few cancer musings. Later. I’m still musing on them. But what about the rest of life? I live in interesting times. I deal with great people. I have a great life. Something worth commenting on must be going on.

Well, maybe.

Maybe not.

For example, today’s highlight. I have two pairs of shorts I wear to Cancer Wellfit (fascinating already, no?). One pair is gray, the other black (or maybe dark navy, depending on the light, more of the excitement of this tale, for sure). I like the black pair more, but haven’t worn it in weeks. I had no idea where it was. So, I undertook to find it this weekend. I went through all the clean laundry on top of the drier, waiting to be put away. No black shorts. I really like those shorts, so I decided to go through that big pile of dirty laundry in the closet, waiting to be washed. Surely, they were there. Still, no black shorts.

(Hmm, perhaps this is interesting…I refer to the shorts as both “it” and “they.” Hey, it’s not gonna get better than this, so you’d better find it enjoyable or go off to some other blog. If you’re a geek, may I suggest The Daily WTF. If you’re not a geek, how about Cute Overload? Heck, even geeks may like Cute Overload.)

Now, this befuddled me. I’d finally unpacked from all my travels this summer, so knew they weren’t in a suitcase. I went back through a laundry bag from one trip and found some other neat things I’d forgotten, but no black shorts.

So, in an act of desparation, I looked where I was sure they weren’t. Yes, I checked the drawer where I should have put away my shorts. There was no chance they’d be in that drawer. But durn it all, there they were, right where they belong.

I figure it’s some sort of cruel joke Charlie played on me.

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