Hugh Paxton’s Blog is delighted to receive comments on posts and I do my best to answer them. If they are sent in Russian or German this is not always possible. But a lot of comments are being sent in recently by increasingly odd sources. I won’t list them all but the following sample will probably make my point.
Amish Buggy Rides loved my post but didn’t specify which one it was. I’ve watched Harrison Ford in the Witness movie, I know the Amish ride in buggies, but I also know that Amish dislike telephones and presumably aren’t spending one heck of a lot of time huddled round computers checking Hugh Paxton Blog updates. So where did this accolade come from?
Still on unusual religions, Shaker Furniture was really entranced by a post. The Shakers to my knowledge were mostly women, avoided sex and instead made furniture and thrashed and shook in a state of religious orgasmic ecstacy and for no surprising reason became extinct. Why the hell would a bunch of extinct Shakers like my Blog?
There were lots of people who sell real estate, they loved my blog; there was a pretty handful of cosmetics purveyors; lots of roofers who might really come in useful if they are prepared to cover their own travel expenses from California to Bangkok to fix that irritating leak in my birdbox; and a lot of people who just had a first name and wanted to establish links.
As I surveyed this excitingly diverse parade I thought to myself, “Hugh Paxton, are you wasting your time even looking at all this stuff?”
God stepped in. I was shown a sign!
The next message that popped up on the screen was from “Ramonculus Flowers”.
I shit you not!
BLOG ED NOTE: The name of Hugh Paxton’s novel set in war torn Sierra Leone is Homunculus. Lots of rotting bio-warfare units, mayhem etc. but no flower salesmen.
I knelt in prayer and asked for Divine guidance.
“Delete anything and everything in your spam section that indicates
1. The sender hasn’t read an article
2. Hasn’t specifically referred to the article he she or it is commenting on
3. Blathers on about how great the blog is and what an insightful and brilliant piece of writing your stuff is and wastes your time or tries to sell you a wife from Cambodia or a larger penis.”
“Amen!” I responded.
So that’s the deal. Mass deletions of anything snagged in the SPAM. I know a lot of genuine messages will be snuffed out. But if you are really interested why not just subscribe to the blog. It costs nothing. Your message will get through. All will be well!