Addicted to Adulation?

(The What, the Why, and the How of Good Writing)

Translucent Rose

A few days ago I posted a poem entitled “outdoor backstroke” on my blog “From Under the Pages.” For some reason, my blog readership the following two days shot up to almost 300 percent the previous weekly average. I got a “spike in stats” notice from WordPress: my hourly views had reached 50 times the previous average. I kept getting those lovely little orange “like” stars and “follower” symbols on my dashboard. I drank it up. “People really like my writing!” I told myself. It really felt good.

I derived an unexpected feeling of gratification, even pleasure, from this sudden surge of approval. It compelled me to check my dashboard every few minutes to see who else was following, and how many more likes I had gotten. And in the midst of it, I noticed how dependent I seemed to be getting on those little orange stars and plus signs. They signaled approbation, encouragement, even… love? They satisfied some inner desire, some overlooked need, some obscured, ravenous, approval-mongering id.

I even felt the temptation to try to replicate my newfound success by giving my readers more of what they liked–just so I could get more cascading stars and plus signs.

Whoa.

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Today’s Featured Spam #4: Toenail for the Brain

Submitted on 2013/07/17 at 3:35 am
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Today’s Featured Spam #3: Superb!

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Today’s Featured Spam (#2): Sweet as a Rose

Today’s Featured Spam #2:

Excellent items from you, man. I have consider your stuff prior to and you are just extremely fantastic. I really like what you’ve got right here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way by which you assert it. You’re making it enjoyable and you continue to care for to keep it smart. I can’t wait to learn much more from you. That is really a great web site.

(Submitted on 2013/06/27 at 2:54 pm)

Yellow Rose

Now tell me, who could resist such accolades? I know that I am “just extremely fantastic,” but it’s really nice to hear it from someone else from time to time.

This spammer also “like[s] what [I]’ve got right here.” This phrasing is almost Zen in the way it brings one to consider the here and now–makes one live in the present.

I also, ostensibly, am “making it enjoyable and continu[ing] to care for (sic) to keep it smart.” I have been courted by less habile speakers, and with some success, I might add…

And finally, being a teacher, I feel my life’s direction validated by the line, “I can’t wait to learn much more from you.” Wow.

The whole thing just makes me feel loved. This spammer should start a dating service, where he (or she) coaches suitors on what to tell their dates. Or work in the diplomatic corps. Such talent should not be wasted on spam messages.

And just so you know, there is great sincerity in my apparent sarcasm.

Honoring Spammers: Today’s Featured Spam

Today’s Featured Spam

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Red bush

I am a ruthless protector of my privacy and right to not be solicited. I am on the “Do Not Call” registry, and if a representative of some organization or company has the temerity to call me anyway, I think nothing of hanging up immediately upon discovering the nature of his or her call. As rudely as possible.

I find it somewhat paradoxical, therefore, that my feelings about spam on my blogs is less cut and dried. Perhaps this has something to do with my profession.

I, as all of we bloggers [yes, the subject pronoun “we” is appropriate here], get a lot of spam comments on my blog. But hitting the “Delete Permanently” button seems so final and so uncaring. It negates the existence, and the full verbal and emotional expression of its originator. Let me explain.

As an English teacher, I feel it is important to appreciate writing regardless of the form or language level at which it appears: to recognize the abilities, and more importantly the intentions, of the author, instead of just red-lining through all of the mistakes. Writing is, after all, a very personalized form of expression. When reading, I look for the kernel of truth, colored by the personality of the author. I seek to know the writer through everything that makes him or her distinct. To miss the message due to the imperfect form of its delivery, would be unfortunate.

Now to the point of why I actually like the content of spam messages:

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Hello, Brave New World!

This marks a beginning of my public blogosphere: a space devoted entirely to my writing, ideas, photography, and inspirations. I am excited, nervous, and happy to be here. I hope to provide my readers and myself with a vast assortment of writings, for self-expression, communication, and third-eye introspection.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said the philospher Lao-tzu.

Thanks for joining me on the journey.