I don't normally publish spam comments, but the laziness and ineptness of this one tickled me.
Merrifield garden center1 said...
Congrats! You have a beautiful blog and I enjoy reading your posts. Your kitty picture is adorable.
This is one of the adorable kitty pictures they were talking about:
So, not having anything better to do this morning,2 I tracked down the Merrifield Garden Center on-line and sent them this:
I was wondering if anyone could explain to me why my blog is being spammed on your behalf. It's coming from this site:
and I wouldn't mind so much except that it's pathetic, lazy spamming. I mean, on Saturday, "Merrifield garden center" left a comment telling me that "Your kitty picture is adorable," when it was 1) more than one picture, 2) of balding spots, 3) on a dog.
So if this is something you're paying people for, you should get your money back. Nobody likes to be used (I'm not getting anything in return for inadvertently promoting your business) and disrespected (if you're going to hire someone to advertise on a third party's site, you might at least have them read the posts they're parasitizing). While it's true that I wasn't aware of your business before, and am now, I also have a thoroughly negative opinion of it, which surely can't have been your intention.
As far as I recall, this is the first such spam about MGC I've gotten, but the same gardencenterguide (and the UK version, gardencentreguide) has been leaving comments like this for a while now. So, if you think I'm overreacting, keep in mind that from my perspective, this has been going on for months: you're just the first place I could find contact information for.
Fair warning: your response, if any, is extremely likely to wind up posted to my blog.
I'll let you know if they reply.
1 Link removed, because it wasn't even a link to the Merrifield Garden Center; it was a link to a "gardencenterguide" website, which has been spamming me for some time now, along with the UK version ("gardencentreguide"). And fuck those people.
2 Totally not true; I have a completely ridiculous list of things to do today, and will almost certainly not get all of them done. It's been this way for months.