Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

I'm such a sucker

I got my very first "comment spam" this morning. Imagine my surprise and delight when I get an email from my Abandon Text blog declaring:

"Your site is on top of my favourites - Great work I like it."

It was from a complete, anonymous stranger, too. My heart skipped a beat -- "Oh my gosh, people are actually reading . . . ! And they actually like it . . . !"

I was half-way through writing a "hooray-for-me" email to my wife before it slowly dawned on me that I was being played. There was a link in the way, on a single character, evidently not intended to be clicked, or maybe clicked if the reader, like me, was wondering who the hell was reading their site. I almost, almost clicked on it. Then I read the text again . . . that utterly generic text . . . I didn't click on it.

The fact that I was duped did not surprise me. What surprised me was how completely susceptible I was to being manipulated through praise. Why was it that a single email from an unknown reader could make me so giddy? We are so hopelessly identified with our thoughts.


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